As we approach the all-star break, I looked at some stats that I thought I'd share.
Offence - 99.2 PPG (18th), 106.6 Ortg (14th), pace 92.1 (24th)
Strengths: 13th best 3P%, 7th best FT%. 10th most 3PA while only 22nd most 2PA and 9th most FTA. This shows the team is taking more efficient shots (3P and FT) and is hitting them well. Our 2P% is only 25th, so it's a good thing we have cut out many of these attempts. The assist totals are still low thanks to the Rudy Gay led offence to start the season, but ball movement is now much better. We have the 9th fewest turnovers.
Weaknesses: Our overall FG% ranks 24th in the NBA at 43.8%.
Demar has taken the majority of the shots, and his 42.9% FG% is eerily close to the team's FG%.
Outlook: As the season progresses, the Rudy Gay stats become more and more diminished and the increased efficiency should raise our rankings. Our offence looks fluid. Since the calendar flipped (19 games played), we've scored less than 90 only twice but have scored 100+ in 9 games (including 5 of our last 7). In that same span, we've played a pace of 90.5, slower than our season average. With our slower pace, we've been very efficient, finishing with a game Ortg of less than 100 only twice (we did it 5 times in the first 19 games). If we can keep up this level of play, then we should finish with an above average offence.
Defence - 96.4 PPG (4th), 103.5 DRtg (6th)
Strengths: Opp PPG is top 5. 6th best Drtg unadjusted, 7th best adjusted (for pace). T-9th best Opp FG%
Weaknesses: 24th ranked Opp 3P% - we need to defend the arc better. Only Sac, Orl, SA, Char, Mil and Brooklyn have been worse. Other than the Spurs, that's pretty awful company to keep.
Outlook: We're only 20th in steals but are 9th in Opp Turn-overs. So we may not get the fast break opportunities from a steal, we do get the ball back more. We need to do a better job of defending the arc but overall show good signs on D to keep up the high level of play.
7th in Oreb% - 8th in total OReb
12 in Dreb% - 7th fewest OppOReb, 8th fewest OppTReb
Rebounding was expected to be strong and it has been. We've increased our O and D Rebouning %s by about 2% each (from 25% & 73% to 27.6% & 75.4%) which has significantly upped our rankings from 20th & 16th to 7th and 12th.
Casey has done a good job. Removing Gay from this team seems to have liberated many of the offensive issues that were being blamed on Casey. Our defence is playing really well and with improvements from JV and Ross, that can keep going. Casey seems to have accepted his limitations (out of time-out plays) and ceeded a certain amount of control to his assistants. This is smart coaching. Looks like he'll be back next season.
Kyle Lowry is 4th in the NBA in Offensive Win Shares (5.3).
DD has improved in many ways, but his shot selection is probably the most impactful.
Jonas leads the team in RPG with 8.6. His MPG has increased by 5 mins to 28.2 per game and he's increased his Reb%s by 2% (Off) and 3% (Def).
Patterson's shooting %s have all gone up dramatically since the trade. FG% 41% -> 50%, 3P% 23.1% -> 45.2%, 2P% 49.4% -> 51.2%, FT% 56.3% -> 77.1% all while only attempting 0.7 more shots per game.