These are the type of questions that can drive me insane. I am not a basketball coach, now I know many fans think they could coach (it's just managing timeouts and rotations right?), but I'm not one of them. Still, I do think every team needs to hire a "captain obvious" to point out things that my eight year old daughter would notice, but somehow the coach does not.
Acie Law not playing over Jannero Pargo is one such thing.
Look I get it, coaches don't like guys who make mistakes. That must be why Acie Law isn't playing. Look at their per 36 minute numbers, Pargo over the course of the season, Law for the past six games since the Bulls started playing him. (please note, the first game in Law's selection is by FAR the worst, but I didn't want to cherry pick).
The turnovers is the only explanation I can give. Their assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks are all fairly similar, but the turnovers is the one area Law has struggled in, largely due to two games where he really struggled. Law is giving you 6 more points on 3.5 less shots per 36 minutes. That's absolutely ridiculous.
Now that would be a somewhat biased figure as it doesn't really take into account possessions. Factor in TOs and possessions used to get to the foul line, and it's a bit closer. Law is using 21.7 possessions per 36 while Pargo is using 20.9 possessions. Still, the gap between their scoring ability is so vast that that the efficiency difference is greater than the difference between the best team and worst team in the NBA (that gap is 15 points per 100 possessions, their gap is 25 points per 100 possessions).
We've now factored out the only thing Pargo had going from him in the equation, and the numbers still support Law playing more (by a huge margin).
Unfortunately, 82games.com doesn't have Law's stats tracked accurately, so we can't go look up how the two fared defensively using +/-, point differential while on the floor, opponent point differential, or opponent PER (all of which are kind of dicey, but at least give you something), however does anyone here really believe that Pargo's defense is keeping him on the floor?
For Pete's sake, Law's even shooting a better percentage from the three point line even though Pargo is the "shooter".
This is a classic case of coaching blinders. A coach just gets in his head that one guy is ahead of another guy and despite the overwhelming evidence that this should not be the case and can't manage to bust out of the mentality.
However, acknowledging that neither guy gives you much outside of scoring, look at the scoring.. Even if you want to say Law's extra turnovers create easy baskets, you could take away 2.4 points from the differential (assuming a made layup on each additional Law turnover) and it's still not close.
As the Lenox financial guys, it's the biggest no brainer in the history of the world. Play Acie Law. Jannero Pargo is not helping you. He's proven he's not helping you. He's playing at a "I don't belong in the NBA" level right now. He's not going to be here next year, Law might. He has no headroom to improve, Law might.
Look, I don't know if Law can keep this up, but I do know that Pargo can keep up his win-destroying style of play. When a guy is playing as bad as Pargo then you should be desperate to try anything else, and when something else works why would you ever go back?
About the only reason I can possibly figure this makes sense is if the Bulls quietly figured they want to keep Law and don't want him to raise his contract value to over the vet minimum where another team might take him. An idea that's absurd given VDN is fighting for his job while the Bulls are fighting for a playoff spot. However when decisions this obviously bad are made, you have to come up with the wild conspiracy theories because rational thought simply isn't going to cut it.