We are back with another group of statistics that found a way to fly under the radar for the week that was in the NBA. No player is exempt from this collection of far-reaching oddities, pointing out trends that you likely missed in the excitement of watching the games. On days with a full schedule, the top five stats are highlighted, and on days with fewer than five games, I’ll give you a stat from each game. One thing to remember: these stats are current on the day listed. That is, a trend can break as the week progresses, but for that moment in time, the numbers held true.
Without further adieu, the always interesting and never replicated Weekly Stat Pack.
Arron Afflalo has scored at least twice his career average in the majority of games this season. Orlando’s winning percentage, however, is better when he doesn’t.
Kirk Hinrich does whatever it takes to put his team in a position to win. He missed all eight of his three point attempts tonight, as he was clearly aware that it had been almost two years since he last missed five-plus three pointers in a losing effort. The five game win streak in such games was snapped, however, as the Bulls lost in triple overtime (losing four and winning only one of the seven periods played).
There were 49 three point attempts in the Spurs/Hawks game as both teams struggled to get to the free throw line (22 total attempts). The low free throw number is surprising when you consider that there were 90 points scored in the paint. Can you imagine what the ratio would have been if Kyle Korver was active? In a fitting end to an odd game, Tim Duncan knocked down a fall away jumper from the elbow on a designed down screen.
The Jazz are 3-4 since the return of Trey Burke, a major improvement over their 1-11 mark to start the season. They won their second game in a row tonight, but the MVP during the season long winning streak hasn’t been the talented rookie, rather it’s been his backup. Alec Burks is shooting 60% from the field (80% from distance), scoring 17 points, grabbing three rebounds, and turning the ball over once for every nine assists over that stretch.
Paul George is a flat out star and he proved as much by pouring in 43 points against the red hot Portland Trail Blazers tonight. Surprisingly enough, it was the first time in over a year that his point total surpassed his minute total and only the second time in his career.
Starters for the Milwaukee Bucks played 64% of the minutes, yet they were out-rebounded by the reserves. In the same game, there were 76 points scored in the final 12 minutes after just 81 points were scored in the previous 24 minutes.
Andre Drummond has more missed free throws this season (40) than he has career assists (36). I should mention that he is only attempting a shade over three freebies a night.
The Charlotte Bobcats haven’t scored more than 27 points in a quarter in more than a week: the Warriors outscored the Raptors by 27 in the fourth quarter last night.
The 76ers scored 126 points in a double overtime win over the Magic last night and recorded as many offensive rebounds (20) as assists in the process. The effort on the offensive glass (Michael Carter-Williams led the way with seven o-boards) allowed Philadelphia to overcome committing 23 turnovers.
The Grizzlies “big two” on the inside took over, scoring 44 points on 75% shooting while grabbing 21 rebounds and blocking four shots. Not too shabby when you consider that Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph missed this game with injuries. Jon Leuer and Ed Davis led Memphis to their most impressive offensive performance in more than a month.
For the first time since February 2012 and just the second time in his career, Ty Lawson recorded more missed shots than assists in a regular season game in which he handed out at least ten dimes.
In 19 games for the Hawks, Paul Millsap has already set a season high in three pointers made. At his current pace, he will match the 31 three pointers he hit in 540 games as a member of the Utah Jazz in just 42 games in Atlanta.
Speaking of the Jazz, they are 3-5 since getting Trey Burke back from injury. Oddly enough, his assist-to-turnover ratio seems to be indirectly correlated with the team’s success. In the five losses, the rookie is handing out five assists per turnover (including a nine to one ratio tonight). In the three victories, his ratio drops to 2.2.
Dwight Howard failed to block a shot for the fourth consecutive game, matching the longest streak of his career. The jury is out as far as what this means, as the Rockets beat the then second best team in the league (San Antonio) but lost to the worst team (Utah) in those four games.
The Thunder are a talented team, but only one player had more than one assist in a losing effort against the Blazers. In fact, 80% of the starting lineup (112 total minutes played) recorded more turnovers than helpers. In contrast, Portland had three players hand out at least five assists, with 80% of their starters notching more dimes than turnovers.
The Knicks beat the Nets and have now won four games on the season. In those four wins, J.R. Smith has attempted a total of 16 shots (he was inactive for two of them). He’s averaging over ten shots per game in losses. Coincidence? I think not.
Blake Griffin made all four of his free throws and handed out at least five assists for the second time this season and fourth time in the last three years. Oddly enough, not a single one of those games have come at home.
The Miami Heat have won nearly 78% of the games since Ray Allen came over from Boston, but they are a mere 3-3 when he attempts at least as many free throws as field goals.
There are four players (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Paul George) who average at least 24 points and are shooting at least 45% from the field. Those four combine to take a shot once every 2.17 minutes of game time, the exact same frequency as Tony Wroten.
I know Kyrie Irving likes to dress up and play in the streets as Uncle Drew, but who is dressed up and playing for the Cavaliers as Irving? He went 0-9 from the field tonight and is now shooting 39.4% for the season. He has made more than half of his field goal attempts just once this season: he had done so four times at this point last season … and he was inactive for nearly half the games!
Who didn’t see this coming? The Celtics, who rank dead last in team assist-to-turnover ratio, handed out 25 helpers and turned the ball over only twice while the Nuggets, a top ten team in AST/TO, had 11 assists and 14 turnovers. The strong passing performance allowed Avery Bradley, Jordan Crawford, and Kris Humphries to score 58 points on 71.4% shooting from the field.
The Knicks were never as bad as they looked for the first month of the season, but they also are nowhere near as good as they have looked over the past few days (back-to-back 30+ point victories). In those two games, they have made three more three pointers than free throws they have attempted.
The Jazz attempted ten more shots than the Trail Blazers did and outscored them by six in the fourth quarter … and lost by 32. Portland buried 74% of their three point attempts, a greater conversion rate than Utah has from the free throw line this season (news flash: there were NBA players defending while Portland was firing away, something that is not allowed when taking free throws).
This is kind of what we expected to see from the Pistons at times. Their “big three” combined to score 23 points on 9/32 shooting from the field. But their size proved to be too much for the Bulls to handle, as the trio grabbed 36 rebounds, three more than Chicago’s entire starting unit.
LeBron James attempted only five free throws and didn’t once launch a three pointer in the Heat’s nice bounce back win over the Timberwolves. It was the third game this season in which his FTA+3PA was less than six, Miami’s winning those games by an average of 17.7 points.
Robin Lopez has been the definition of a “role player”, a title that may not be sexy, but has significant value. Portland lost to Dallas by two points in a game they would have no chance to win if not for Lopez having more offensive rebounds than the entire Trail Blazers team and attempting only one shot from outside of four feet.
Steph Curry notched his best passing performance of the season, handing out 15 assists and turning the ball over only once. In the previous two games, Curry totaled 15 assists but threw the ball away 11 times.
The Pacers win over the Spurs is a nice confidence booster, but don’t read too much into it as a way of determining playoff power rankings. As expected, San Antonio refused to take any one game too seriously and had only one player (Kawhi Leonard) play more than 26 minutes. The Pacers treated the game as a way to earn respect and played their studs extended minutes (six players played more than 26 minutes). I like the win and think Indiana can compete for a title, but be careful before you declare that they are better than San Antonio on the heels of this impressive victory.
The Celtics beat the Knicks by 23 points in the first quarter: it was less than a month ago when Boston failed to score23 points in a single quarter against the Bobcats.
There were 30 three pointers attempted in the Heat/Pistons game … by players 6’8” or taller.
Dwight Howard pulled down 22 rebounds against the Magic, giving him at least 18 in three straight games. He’s totaled 58 rebounds over that stretch, his best three game total that didn’t include a game against the Bobcats since December of 2010.
Oklahoma City has a ton of play makers, but they are getting nice production from an unexpected source. Heading into tonight’s game, Perry Jones led all Thunder players (minimum of seven home appearances) in points per shot during home games (1.79). He made all three of his field goal attempts in his four minutes of action tonight.
In what felt like a mini TV show titled “Mamba Returns”, Kobe Bryant had twice as many turnovers as the Lakers did fast break points. At their game pace, Toronto would have had to play another 118 minutes without an assist to have twice as many team turnovers as transition points.
A vision of mine has been how to track success of different NBA players taken in the draft throughout the years. I have wondered, “Who is the best player taken with the No. 13 pick in the draft? Can you draft a franchise player outside the top 10 picks? Is being a low-seed playoff team really the worst long-term result for a team? Will the Kings ever make the playoffs again?” As you can see, this has taken up quite some time, and are really important questions for me.
Thanks to basketball-reference.com, and their extensive database, I was able to create a database of information that helped visualize the information I was looking at.
Here is the result of my research, with some details:
I only have data from the years since the lottery was instituted. That means no Michael Jordan, as the lottery was instituted in 1985, the year after MJ was drafted.
All players are listed under the team that drafted them. Draft day trades weren’t accounted for, ie Jimmer Fredette is under the Milwaukee Bucks, despite being traded to the Sacramento Kings, but Kyrie Irving is under the Cleveland Cavaliers, because the Los Angeles Clippers had traded the pick prior to the draft.
If you notice something, comment below and I’ll see if I can fix it.
Play around with the filters, and see what you learn yourself. Here are some of the things that were most interesting to me:
Steve Nash is the most successful non-lottery pick since 1985.
The NBA tier of teams that are “mediocre,” meaning they make the playoffs, but don’t advance past the first round, have not yet produced many franchise players. These teams pick most often between 15-23, and only one player taken in those picks would be considered a franchise player – Nash. The most notable players so far are Nash, Mark Jackson, Shawn Kemp, A.C. Green, and Michael Finley. Players like Josh Smith, Zach Randolph, Kawhi Leonard, Roy Hibbert, and Ty Lawson may get there, but more time is needed.
Andre Miller has had a really great career, and no one has noticed. For comparison, Allen Iverson played 13 seasons, and finished with a win share of 99.0. Andre Miller is in his 14th season, and has a win share of 96.1. Miller hasn’t had the MVP’s, All-Star games, sponsorship deals, or Finals appearances, but steady consistency may end up in a tremendous career.
Steph Curry and Ty Lawson have nearly identical win shares with the same number of years experience. Their careers will be interesting to track, as they seem to have separated from the rest of the ’09 draft class.
Not including the franchise players from 2003, but 2000-2005 hasn’t exactly produced a lot of fantastic players. It may explain why the NBA players seem so young (at least to me.)
If you find something interesting, say so in the comments. I may update the table later, with information like “franchises played for,” and “All-Star game appearances.” If you have suggestions, again, please say so in the comments.
Last night the defending champion Heat thoroughly had their way with the Chicago Bulls. It was an especially deflating loss for Chicago given the high-spirits around their undermanned playoff challenge against the Heat last season and the return of Derrick Rose.
There were plenty of problems for Chicago, some troubling, some utterly forgettable, but one of the most surprising elements of the game was that Miami was able to create eight three-point attempts from the corners. They went 6-8 on those shots and it was big reason they were able to run away from the Bulls in the second quarter. Eight attempts may not seem like a lot but the Bulls defense only allowed 297 all of last season, working out to an average of 3.6 per game. They were one of the absolute best in the league at flexing their defense to deal with challenges, without leaving those corners exposed.
So how were the Heat able to create all of those open looks?
Here, as LeBron brings the ball over half-court there is some confusion about who exactly is supposed to be picking him up. In the photo you can see three different players pointing at LeBron, emphatically implying to their teammates that someone else should be stepping up to impede his progress.
Surprise . . . no one does. LeBron simply takes two more dribbles, freezing Luol Deng, and kicks it out to Ray Allen in the left corner for the wide open look.
On this possession Allen has beaten Mike Dunleavy off the dribble and collapsed the defense. This happens from time to time, but the Bulls defense has been fantastic at accommodating these sorts of breakdowns over the past few years with crisp rotations on the back line. In the image below you can see that the first two rotations happened as they should. Nazr Mohammed has rotated over to challenge Allen’s drive and Kirk Hinrich has dropped off of Norris Cole in the corner to put a body on Mohammed’s man. The problem is that both Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson are standing and watching. Neither has tried to put themselves in the passing lane or rotate out to cover for Hinrich.
You can barely see Cole, hidden by the score, but not only is he wide open, the four closest defenders all have their backs to him. The Bulls defense started to flex and reform around Allen’s penetration, they just didn’t quite finish the job.
Here Allen has again beaten Dunleavy off the dribble and you can see the incredibly difficult situation the Heat’s offensive versatility has put the Bulls in. Gibson has rotated down onto Allen, leaving Battier open in the corner. This is ultimately where the ball goes. But if he doesn’t make that rotation their is a cavalcade of bad options lurking on the other side. If he stays with Battier then Allen becomes Mohammed’s responsibility, leaving Chris Anderson open for a cut to the rim. If Rose rotates onto Anderson, then Cole is wide open at the three-point line. If Hinrich slides out onto Cole, then Wade is alone on the baseline.
Once that first defender is so thoroughly removed from the play there’s almost no way to prevent the Heat from finding a good shot. There’s just not a good decision to be made.
This one is another example of beautiful execution by the Heat stretching the Bulls defense beyond repair. Udonis Haslem is diving to the basket but Boozer is also occupied by helping rookie Tony Snell with LeBron. Rose is drifting through the lane but he’s really responsible for Chalmers who is sliding back to the corner. That means Joakim Noah is going to have to rotate over to take Haslem.
As Noah rotates into the lane, Chris Bosh moves out to the top of the key and Hinrich (after stepping in on Haslem) has to leave Allen to cover Bosh.
This ultimately leaves Rose responsible for both Allen and Chalmers on the wing. They see this and take advantage, Chalmers pulling him out higher to receive the pass as Allen fades back into the corner and prepares to shoot.
Ironically, Hinrich is the only Bulls player who sees what’s about to happen.
Here the Heat swing the ball to Allen on the wing and a brief moment of confusion between Rose and Hinrich about who is responsible for which Heat shooter leads to an open three.
On this last possession a simple push off a made basket catches the Bulls defense before it is set.
Going through these six possessions we see a healthy mix of problems. Things like miscommunication and a lack of focus are understandable (if not forgivable) in the first game of the season and can be fixed in quick order. But several of those possessions show how the Heat’s masterful spacing and execution can turn a simple perimeter breakdown into an extended flowchart of impossible decisions. The Bulls can play better defense, but even the best defense can’t take away everything.
This week I decided to take a look at players who rebound, but also score. I charted the total points each team received from players grabbing at least five rebounds in an effort to determine if teams with high scoring rebounders won more often than not.
I figured that winning teams would have a higher average point total from qualifying players, but never did I imagine the difference being this drastic. During the 50 game week, winning teams received an average of 50.8 points from players notching at least five rebounds, a 31.6% advantage over losing teams.
Interestingly enough, the scoring output was more consistent from the losing team than it was the winning teams. The losers had a range of 65 points from their highest scoring game to their lowest (Toronto totaled 75 such points while the Celtics managed only 10) and the victors had a range of 91 points (the Thunder managed 97 points while the Wizards notched only 6). Oklahoma City’s production on Friday night (97 points from players with 5+ rebounds) out did 44.4% of the winning teams total points for the night.
The Miami Heat recorded the second (21 points) and third (22) lowest outputs by a winning team. If you subtract these two games from the study, the advantage for winning teams increases to 37.2%. But they were the exception, not the rule, when it came to elite teams in this study. Oklahoma City more represented the norm, as they tallied high point totals in losses and wins. The Thunder had the second most points scored by their leading rebounders (71) in defeat and recorded the highest total in a victory (97).
Just another step in my effort to understand the game of basketball. Do you have a question you’d like answered? I’ll run your statistical inquiry through the gauntlet for the next seven days and provide you with a bit of insight. Tweet me your ideas @unSOPable23.
With all of that being said, here are your 35 stats from the week that was in the NBA.
Somehow, the Miami Heat are flying under the radar. They’ve had ups and downs, but it hasn’t changed their standing as the team to beat in the East, and the favorite to repeat.
But they haven’t been the best regular season team thus far. That distinction belongs to the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and when Chris Paul has been healthy, the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami’s opponent on Thursday.
Chris Paul had missed seven days as of Sunday. It’s a shame for the Clippers, because he’s their best player, and it’s a shame for us fans, because he’s an MVP candidate and maybe the most clinical half-court operator in the league. But his absence has allowed Eric Bledsoe to emerge. Bledsoe’s average stint on the court before Paul got hurt lasted less than 20 minutes a game. Now, he’s getting Paul’s starter’s minutes. To be clear, he’s not replacing Paul by any means. Paul is an unequivocal stud; Bledsoe is younger than me. (It’s not too late to sign me, by the way.) Bledsoe is especially deficient in his shooting efficiency and playmaking compared to Paul. But he rebounds very well for his position, and he might be a better defender. He forces turnovers at much the same rate as Paul—Bledsoe has the highest steal percentage in the league—and blocks shots at a higher rate than Blake Griffin. He’s improved in every way from his rookie season, which is the last time he saw major minutes. It’s unclear if Paul will be back for Friday’s game against Miami, but if not, Bledsoe has an opportunity to improve on his first game against the Heat. He scored fairly easily against their defense, getting half his shots at the rim, but ran the offense poorly, turning it over four times. It’s also unclear if Paul will be back next season. That uncertainty has probably kept Bledsoe on the Clippers, who want to keep one of the two. He’s no Paul, but Bledsoe has made the case for himself as a solid starter so far.
Chris Bosh gets a lot of blame for the few problems the Heat have. But he’s asked to do a lot for this team, nearly as much as LeBron James. Bosh has to handle a good chunk of the scoring load while serving as the primary rim protector for the first time in his career, all while banging for rebounds against bigger guys. Of course people are going to notice his deficiencies as a center. He’s a power forward. He’s benefitted from the change in position on offense, posting a career high TS%, and while he’s no Joel Anthony, he’s become a reasonably stout shot blocker. The problem is that he’s getting beaten up on the defensive glass. But that’s what happens when you go small, as the Heat have committed to do this season.
He rebounded well in Miami’s loss to the Clipper in November. But he struggled to score against DeAndre Jordan, shooting 3-for-13 from the field. He has to be better for Miami to win.
What to Watch For
The Clippers are among the sweetest-shooting teams in the league, despite employing Jamal Crawford. That’s because the rest of their core players are so efficient. DeAndre Jordan has clearly attended the Tyson Chandler All Dunks Finishing School, and Matt Barnes is really picking his spots off the bench. The Clippers’ standing as one of the top teams in the league eFG% is all the more remarkable considering they don’t shoot well from three. They did, however, make it rain in their win against Miami. You have to think some regression is in store, despite how poorly Miami defends three-pointers. If so, the Clippers will have to make it up in the paint.
On the other hand, the Clippers are pretty bad at defending three-pointers themselves, while Miami is one of the best teams in the league from distance. LeBron James, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, and Ray “The Best Shooter of All Time” Allen are all snipers. Miami almost matched the Clippers’ 3PT% of 47.6% in their November game, shooting 42.9%. If this game is another shooting contest, the odds, and the personnel, would seem to favor Miami.
Why Else Should I Watch?
The LeBron vs. Baby LeBron matchup?
How to Watch
ESPN, Friday, 8 p.m. E.T.
League Pass Bonus Game
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets, Tuesday, 8 p.m. E.T. Two of the most fun backcourts in the league.
As mentioned in the previous edition of the Weekly Stats Recap, the suggested #StatStudy for this week was orchestrated to determine the impact of elite assist men. Perry Missner (@PerryMissner), a noted doubter of the importance of great point guards, estimated that 65% of the teams with a double digit dime man would win. As it turns out (for this week at least), Perry wasn’t pessimistic enough when it comes to the correlation between individual passing performance and team success.
During this 49 game week, a mere 11 games were won by a team who had a player record 10+ assists. That is a lower number than I would have guessed given the sheer volume of points scored in the NBA, but points are being scored more in isolation sets these days. In addition, teams with a double digit assist player lost 12 times, meaning that if you had a player record 10+ assists, you only had a 47.8% chance of winning.
I decided to also chart the number of assists for the point guard on the winning team. My thought process in charting such a statistic was to see if Perry’s theory that “we don’t need no stinking point guard” was accurate. As expected, because he does his due diligence and wouldn’t make such a claim if not supported, assist totals for victorious point guards was not very high at all. The 49 winning point guards recorded 319 assists (6.5 apg), not a high total considering that the NBA average for points in a game is 97.5 and roughly 103 points for the winning team.
What statistic is on your mind? What do you want me to chart for the next seven days in the hopes of proving/disproving a thought of yours? Tweet me (@unSOPable23) the stat and your prediction for the result, use the hashtag #StatStudy, and I’ll put the wheels in motion. That’s all it takes. Let your opinion be heard!
Without further adieu, here are the stats that went unnoticed for the week that was in the NBA.
I recently talked with a very special man in the basketball world – 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee known as the “shot doctor,” Philadelphia University Mens basketball coach Herb Magee. Magee is the winningest coach in college basketball with 941, even more than Coach K. Recently he took some time of his day to talk to me about what he thinks about some shooters in the NBA, and what him and Evan Turner did to turn around his shot.
Matt: Who has the best shooting form in the NBA?
Magee: Because I am a college coach I don’t have much time to watch the NBA but the answer I always say when asked his question is Ray Allen. His shot is just pure, perfect form.
Matt: Who do you like to watch shoot?
Magee: Well off the top of my head, I would have to say Jason Kapono. He used to play with the Sixers and I am unsure whether he is still in the league, but that guy could shoot. Also Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors; Steve Nash of course. And above all, who may have the best of them all is Kobe Bryant, his shot is just so pure. In the college game, Curry’s brother Seth from Duke. I caught a Duke game a couple of weeks ago and I am very impressed with his ability to shoot.
Matt: Herb, could you tell me about your career as a coach? What has made you stay at Philadelphia University?
Magee: Sure. It is my 46th year at Philadelphia University. It is also my alma mater. I graduated 50 years ago this coming January. I got offered a job as a assistant at Philadelphia University a few years after I graduated and I held that for four years until I was hired as the head coach. The fact that I can coach at my alma mater is a huge reason as to why I have stayed. Not many people get the opportunity to do that.
Matt: How hard did Evan Turner work over the summer with you to perfect his shot?
Magee: Well first this was the summer of the lockout. He was a incredibly hard worker, and did exactly what I told him to do. Whenever I was available he asked if we could go to the gym. What has impressed me so far this season is because he knows that he is getting minutes, his confidence level has increased which ultimately has affected his whole game.
(Editors Note: Turner is leading the Sixers in 3PT%)
Matt: Without giving away any big secrets, what exactly did you focus on with Evan Turner?
Magee: We worked on all aspects of his game. We needed to work on his stroke. His major flaw was in his guide hand, his left hand. He had his left hand on the ball wrong. One shoots the ball through their guide hand and Evan was not doing that. It took a while to perfect his shot but he was a persistent worker. Also he worked on his follow through which is now good as it’s ever been.
Matt: What is the most important part of shooting mechanics for a young player to focus on?
Magee: The most important thing is the grip, how you grip the ball. If the grip is incorrect, the form is incorrect. If the hand is on the ball incorrectly you aren’t shooting right. The ball has to go through the guide hand, so the guide hand can guide it to release position.
Matt: Other than Evan Turner who else have you worked with? Who worked the hardest?
Magee: Jameer Nelson, Charles Barkley, Sebastian Telefair, Marcus Camby, Malik Rose among others. All worked very hard. The one who stood out the most was Malik Rose. We literally spent the whole summer in the gym. After Rose I would have to say Evan Turner but don’t get me wrong, everyone in that list worked hard.
I would like to thank Herb Magee for taking time out of his day to talk to me!
A few weeks ago I shared a new metric I had been working on called Expected Points Per Shot (XPPS). The idea was to create a metric that would allow the objective comparison and evaluation of the quality of a player or team’s shot selection. When I first shared XPPS we just looked at the numbers for individual players. The visualization with player data is now a permanent feature here, one that I’ll keep updated throughout the season. Today I have a new Tableau visualization, with team numbers stretching back to the 2000-2001 season. Below there is an explanation of XPPS, in case you missed that first post. If you are already familiar with the stat, feel free to skip ahead to the goodies and the analysis below.
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