BREAKDOWN—Gordon Hayward’s February to March development

gordon hayward feb to marchThe left is February, when he shot 34%. The right is March, when he shot 47.5%.

Interestingly, he may be going against analytics to get himself going. Gordon has increased his amount of mid-range 2s and increased his percentage of both his 2s and his 3s by 8%. As much as we talk analytics with tired legs, if the three is not falling, at some point you have to move to the shots you can make and that builds your confidence and the rest of your game will follow.

The other area of significant improvement is the amount of shots in the restricted area and the percentage of makes.

BREAKDOWN—Playing the five youngs together

Tyrone Corbin has said that he will make a concerted effort to play Burke, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter together.

For the season, this five-man grouping has played 54 minutes together. That makes them the12th most-used five-man lineup for the Jazz this season. As I documented earlier, playing Favors and Kanter together had not yielded positive results, which moved Coach Corbin away from using this grouping.

Corbin played the young five together for 18 minutes over four games in January and got limited results. In those 18 minutes, the Jazz were outscored 44-35. Defensively, the group really struggled, allowing 123.5 points per 100 possessions (league average is 103.7, the worst team in the NBA is 108). Offensively, the group had success, scoring at a rate of 110 points per 100 possessions.

Surprisingly, the group not only didn’t defend—allowing an EFG% defense of 57.1%—they also didn’t grab defensive rebounds—allowing 40% of all misses to be offensive rebounds.

However, after not being played together for the month of February, the group has fared much better in March. Over 22 minutes, they have outscored their opponents 48-46. The offensive rating has been a strong 107.6, and the defensive rating has improved to 102.9.

One outlier in the recent period has been the offensive rebounding. This group has pulled down 54.5% of all offensive rebounds, which is unsustainable.

More importantly, the group has been good defensively in this limited time—allowing just a 47.3% EFG% and forcing turnovers on 18% of possessions.

After a rough going in January with the five youngs, it looks as though Corbin has installed them back into his rotation, and they are showing improvement.

With this improvement, I would not be surprised if we see more of them in the final 17 games of the season.

BREAKDOWN—Favors positively impacting the Jazz, both offensively and defensively

The Jazz starting lineup of Burke, Hayward, Jefferson, Marvin and Favors has played 526 minutes together. In those 526 minutes, the Jazz offensive rating is 107.2 and defensive rating is 106.4—a positive .8, which is very impressive for a team that is 20 games below .500.

If you take Favors out of the lineup and put in Kanter with the same other four, the offense drops to 103.1 and the defense drops to 113.9—for a -10.8 in 141 minutes.

Despite Derrick’s small offensive numbers, the numbers show he is impacting the Jazz positively in on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.