PART 2 – MILLSAP COMPARED TO THE LEAGUE
When Paul Millsap is compared to the rest of the league he looks very good. Starting on the offensive end. Paul’s Locke Offensive ranking (efficiency of possession and ability to use possession) is a 13.4. The best power forward in the NBA who uses at least 10 possessions is Kevin Love at 25.4, followed by Ryan Anderson (24.1) and Dirk Nowitzki (23.6),
Millsap ranks 13th in the NBA in power forward Locke offensive ranking. The graph below shows the Top 20 power forwards.
Maybe Millsap is as good as Boozer. In fairness, Boozer had a poor year for him and is playing no where near the level he did offensively in Utah, however it is still interesting to see those names next to each other. That is a bona fide list of starting power forwards in the NBA.
Most of those players are primary options and you can see that in the Jack % (time between possessions used) only those players that aren’t primary options used possessions at a similar rate to Paul.
The essence of Paul is he is not great at anything but his all around package is very solid. He is in the middle of the pack at trips to the line, middle at FG%, etc. The one area he is elite is steals.
Paul is also 13th of all big men and 10th of power forward at pts per possession used.
A year ago Paul’s rebounding really slipped and the Jazz rebounding fell considerably below average on the defensive glass. This year Paul up his defensive rebounding rate to 21.2% (grabbed 21% of the available defensive rebounds while on the floor) ranking 14th of power forwards in the NBA.
GRAPH – TOP 20 POWER FORWARD DEFENSIVE REBOUNDERS
A year ago Paul grabbed 19.4% of defensive rebounds and this year he was at 21.2% a career high. In addition, Paul’s offensive rebounding increased from 7.5% offensive rebounding rate to 9.7%, He ranked 19th in all offensive rebounding power forwards.
Finally, Paul was #1 in the NBA of power forwards in steals. He averaged 1.84 per game and the next in the NBA was DeMarcus Cousins or Josh Smith at 1.45. League wide Millsap finished 5th in the NBA in steals. In addition, he was 20th in the NBA in block shots per power forward.