We are very near the half way point of the season, Dunkers, and about time to start paying closer attention to where the Jazz's season is heading. Clark is the man that gives us the standings every week for offensive/defensive ratings, so lets look at some other categories in this Downbeat.
Right now the Jazz sit just outside the playoff picture. With a record of 21-19, they are technically tied with Portland (both 10 games back) and just .5 games back of Houston.
FG%: .446- Just below the league average of .448, 13th in the league
3P%: .373- Good for 8th place in the league
3PA: As many three's it seems that we've seen launched up, the Jazz are still 21st in the league for attempts. That's 391 behind the Rockets!
FT%: .768, 13th in the league. The Thunder lead with .837
FTA: The Jazz have been awarded 987 FT's this year. That's 5th in the league. That's very encouraging, but its still almost 100 less than the league leading Lakers.
AST: 912- As much as we harangue on the Jazz for their ball movement and lament our lack of a pure point god, they're 4th in total assists.
The Nerdy Stuff:
eFG%: .486- Below the league average of .491 and 16th in The Association. This can be explained by the Jazz lower 3PA.
ORB%: 29.9- That's 6th in the league. This means the Jazz are able to haul down nearly 30% of all available offensive rebounds. The leader? The Grizzlies at 32.2%
FT/FGA: .232- Tied for 4th, the Jazz are awarded 2 FT's for every 10 FGA's.
What does it all mean? The Jazz are performing fairly well on the offensive side of the ball. The could help themselves a lot by upping that FG% and by taking and making more three's.
Admit it, you heard duh- duh- duuuuh in your head when you read that.
OppFG%: .460- Tied for 6th and actually just .001 behind 4th place. Not too shabby.
Opp3P%: .379- Horrible right? Its 4th worst in the league.
OppFTA: 951- This is not good. Its the fifth most given up in the league. The Jazz still foul too damn much.
STL: 331- 5th place in the league for total steals, 79 behind the league leading Clippers
BLK: 254- 5th in the league. The Bucks lead with 282. Swat Lake City and whatnot.
The Nerdy Stuff, a.k.a. When it Gets Ugly:
OppEFG%: .502- That's 9th worst in the league and just .02 out of last place.
DRB%: 72.6- We have seen the defensive rebounding problems on and off all season. That's just below the league average of 73 and well below the league leading Timberwolves who grab 75.6% of available defensive rebounds.
OppFT/FGA: .221- 6th worst in the league. This is an indicator of a bad defensive team. Assignments and rotations are missed, so either the responsible player or a superfluous player fouls. The Jazz foul too damn much.
Shot Locations: The Jazz allow 26 shots at the rim, per game. That's tied for 9th worst int he league. Compounding that is the OppFG% at that location: 65.5%, also 9th worst in the league. The Jazz need to protect the rim.
The last thing that needs to be looked at is schedule. The Jazz, as has been noted here, have had a tough schedule during the first of the season. They have already played 58.5% of their road games. From now until April 20th (4/20 huh huh), the Jazz have to squeeze just 17 road games into around 84 days. That's some major silver lining right there. Compare that to Houston and Memphis who have played 18 and 17 road games, and things are bound to do some shuffling.
Lastly, lets look at some of the Jazz player's individual performances:
FG's: Al Jefferson is 10th with 286. Some perspective? That's 110 less than Kobe.... on 236 less shots.
FT: Paul Millsap is 14th with 149. Imagine if he got all the calls he deserves. Am I right?
ORB: Paul again, at 101, tied for 19th.
DRB: Big Al with 303. That's 4th in the league!
3P%: Two players. Randy Foye is 7th at .434 and Gordon Hayward is 17th at .411. That's fantastic. (What's that eFG%?)
That's all, children. Hope you're not too cross-eyed from all these numbers. Now tell me what it all means?