I’d tell you things, kind of like the magic 8 ball. Things like, in last nights game vs. Phoenix:
- 6 of Roy’s 9 made field goals were assisted. ISO offense what?
- Roy’s usage was at 29.2%, which is slightly up from his averages the last 2 years.
- Phoenix had 5 and-1’s, but I swear, watching the game it felt like 20.
- As Kevin Pelton pointed out right after the game, Matthews led all players in +/- with a +22. This will be an interesting stat of Matthews to keep track of as the sample size gets larger. It’s a good metric for unearthing strong team contributors that may be otherwise hard to measure with a traditional box score (think Battier). That said, Matthews standard box score looked pretty decent last night too.
- Roy and ‘Dre were second in +/- for the Blazers with +14.
- And because I know you are curious, Oberta had a +/- of exactly 0. His hair scored a -1 but his playing through a wicked hangover scored a +1.
- Here’s a breakdown of where the Blazers shots came from on the floor, starting with distance, what percentage of the total field goal attempts shots in this range comprised, and finally the eFG% for that range:
Shot distance % of total shots eFG % for range At Rim 29% 63% < 10 Feet 9% 50% 10 - 15 Feet 5% 20% 16 - 23 Feet 35% 33.4% Threes 22% 75%
- For the game, Nash had a usage rate of 44%. For reference, that’s nearly twice his career average. Only 10% of his field goals were assisted as well. Some early evidence Stoudemire’s departure is really going to put the pressure on Nash.
Of course this was the first game of the year, so small sample size warning applies. All the information above was gleaned from Hoopdata’s real world magic 8 ball (A.K.A. their advanced box scores, which can be seen here). Well done on the victory in game 1. As for game 2, personally I hope the Blazers offense shifts a little more inside.