I was asked by BadVoodoo to put together a preseason dashboard covering the eight games of the 2013-14 preseason. I decided I needed to include more than the normal "Wonder Bread" charts though as I thought it would be nice to see some advanced information. I ended up adding some tables that show how each player contributed to the preseason games. Additionally, I created some "Wonder Bread" graphs that supplement this information.
The first table I'm showing details the number of games each player played, the number of minutes they played, the minutes per game, and the percentage of the total minutes (384 by my calculation) they played. In addition, I'm giving you the overall plus/minus of each player, their points per game, shots per game, and their points per shot (PPS).
Some Interesting facts:
- Hayward, Favors, Burks, and Kanter were the players with the most overall minutes
- JLIII was the only player who played more than 100 minutes and had a positive plus/minus.
- RJeff had a PPS of 1.40 (highest of those who played more than 100 minutes)
The next table is my attempt to show the involvement of each player from a ball handling perspective. I show assists per game and per minute; turnovers per game and per minute; and each player's assist to turnover ratios. I've also created a column that indicates how many times per game each player was assisted on one of their baskets.
What I found interesting:
- Hayward had about 5 assists per game and was the recipient of about 3 assists per game (i.e. he was involved in about 8 assists per game as either the assist-or or the assist-ee).
- JLIII had an extremely low turnover rate; best on the team for players with over 100 minutes (though Burks wasn't too far behind)
- Harris had the highest turnover rate; most of his turnovers were offensive fouls
- Hudson had an eye-popping 5.5 assist to turnover ratio in the 73 minutes that he played (11 assists to only 2 turnovers)
The last table I made details offensive rebounds per game and per minute, and defensive rebounds per game and per minute.
Here are my observations:
- Favors was a boarding beast grabbing 4.1 rebounds every 10 minutes (3.1 defensive and 1 offensive)
- Gobert grabbed 4.0 rebounds every 10 minutes (2.7 defensive and 1.3 offensive)
- Kanter pretty much kept pace with Favors on the offensive rebounding end
- Hayward and RJeff had pretty similar rebounding numbers
- Harris was the best offensive rebounder on a per minute basis (1.4 every 10 minutes)
Okay; now on to the "Wonder Bread" graphs. There are two types of graphs - effectiveness and value. I split the graphs between three groups, they are (1) projected starters and sixth man, (2) training camp invitees, and (3) everyone else. Further, rather than place a dot for each game for each player, I pulled each player's median values. I used median as averages can be heavily influenced by extreme high or low values.
Note that the size of the dot on the "effectiveness" graphs is related to the players' estimated PER value, the bigger the dot the higher the players' PER value; whereas the size of the dot on the "value" graphs is related to the players' Approximate Value score (a stat counter type number), and the bigger the dot the higher the players' Approximate Value score.
First up are the starters and sixth man. From these graphs you can see that Favors and Hayward were the most effective and provided good value overall. While JLIII was the least effective and provided the least value (even though he was the only starter with a positive plus/minus.)
Next up are the invitees. Hudson and Harris were the most effective invitees; while Hudson provided the most value. Jones got the dubious distinction of least effective and least valuable (Can you see his dot on the value chart? I promise that it's there.)
The final charts show everyone else. Evans and Gobert rose to the top of these charts; while Burke was in the dreaded lower left corner of both graphs. I'll give Burke a pass for now as he's still adjusting to the NBA.