PART 2 – COMPARED TO THE LEAGUE
Let’s start with Locke Offensive Ranking. The Locke offensive ranking accounts for efficient use of an individual possession and the ability to get a shot off and use a possession. The league average this year was 6.55 down from the regular 10. Traditionally the best players are over 20 and this year only 4 players exceeded 40 (Manu, Durant, Harden and LeBron).
Here is a graph of the players above and below Gordon Hayward this season. For perspective Gerald Green was 12th best wing player in the Locke offensive ranking. Gordon was 23rd.
You will notice almost all of these wing players used more of their possessions to shot that three than Gordon. In addition, Jack % is the amount of time in between possessions used and Gordon is one of the lowest with Kyle Korver, Kawhi Leonard and Raja Bell.
The most important number in the above graph is % of possessions that Gordon goes to the free throw line. He is in the elite of this grouping and as that grows he will become better and better.
For a wing player Gordon using 12.8% of his possessions to go to the free throw line is the 9th best in the NBA.
Nice to see Alec Burks in that list of players.
In addition, despite an overall poor shooting year Hayward ranked 21st of wing players in True Shooting % and pts per scoring opportunity. This graph shows the players similar to his performance.
This is where Gordon needs to take the next step. This group has a nice names in it but the group above is the elite group of the NBA wing players.
Finally, this last graph shows the players in the NBA who used 20% of their possession on 3 pt shots (Hayward was 19.9) and still were able to go the line in at least 13% (Hayward was 12.8) of their possessions. The two most efficient ways to score