New Stats!!!! Kirk Goldsberry has found a way to potentially further quantify great shooting beyond your TS% and your eFG%. It’s called the Shot Score, and it takes into account where players take shots and produce points instead of just whether players take twos or threes. Basically, that means that great outside shooters like Jose Calderon and Kevin Durant get better recognition than guys like, say, Andre Drummond and Kosta Koufos, high-percentage scorers who rarely drift from the paint. There are some flaws here; it over-values spot-up shooters and doesn’t value time constraints, something that is perhaps our biggest challenge in creating advanced shooting stats. However, it’s new, easily digestible, and involves a ton of Goldsberry’s amazing shot charts. Can you really ask for more?
Bring Out Your Dead. Basketball is back, so naturally so is the injury virus. The body count so far:
-Trey Burke, Finger fracture
-Al Jefferson, Ankle sprain
-Deron Williams, More Ankle issues
-Tyler Zeller, Appendectomy
-John Jenkins, Back injury
-Ekpe Udoh, Knee
-Rodney Stuckey, Thumb fracture
The injury virus is potent and a bastard.
Well This is Frightening. Tristy Miller of Fully Clips on how the Clippers are running set plays for DeAndre Jordan now, and I have no idea how you defend this yet. The Clippers base the entire play on the fact that DAJ is enormous, and this is quite an interesting variation of the Celtics dribble-hand-off plays Doc Rivers ran a ton of last year. The only defense I can see here is rotating a weakside help player to body-up Jordan, but there’s a good chance that help is coming off of Blake Griffin, and the potential for that to go very poorly is high. Quite the interesting wrinkle for the Clippers offense.
Depressing Lakers Pieces, Act I. This one actually isn’t that depressing, because a defense of Steve Blake actually being useful isn’t sad so much as it is worth mentioning. Blake shot 42% from deep last season, a stat that no one remembers, because we’re all, “LOL Steve Blake sucks.” However, Blake is still potentially your 6th man this season in LA, and that’s more than depressing enough.
Depressing Lakers Pieces, Act II. Chris Kaman is weird. He looks weird, he’s weird on Twitter, and he sometimes has the weirdest injuries. This is one of those sometimes. This season is going to kill Jacob Rude, and it’s only a matter of when, and I will be sad.
Depressing Lakers Pieces, Act III. C.A. Clark on the Lakers defense this season, and dear God, this is going to be so, so bad.