Last year Al Jefferson had the 11th best FG% in the final 5 minutes of an NBA game. He hit 43.5% of his field goal attempts. However, he did it very differentially than his regular season success. In the regular season Jefferson is predominately on the left block and is most successful on the left block. See the chart below
(red is below league average, yellow is average and green above league average…
However when you look at his late game success it doesn’t match where he is successful the rest of the game. N
The Utah Jazz are the best FG% team in the NBA in the clutch over the last two years. Clutch is defined as final 5 minutes of a game within 6 points.
Coach Tyrone Corbin thinks it has to do with the Jazz style of play ““We understand the sense of urgency, we get the ball where we need to get the ball. We have always a really good job in the half court set of running out plays and getting the ball where we want and we capable guys of making shots in those situations.”
Here are the Jazz individual numbers in that time period.
Only one player in the NBA with at least 17 shot attempts with the game on the line over the last 3 years has made 50% of them. Only 3 others of the 25 players have made at least 40%
Today in the New York Times it referred to Marvin Williams as defending the best wing scorer v. the Hawks on what was the NBA’s 7th best defensive.
The Hawks used a lot of switching principles in their defense with the athleticism of Joe Johnson, Marvin, Josh Smith and Al Horford. Therefore, none of these numbers are fair to Marvin establishing him as a defender.
Many of these players slide between the 2 and the 3 and Joe Johnson often guarded the 2 guard while Marvin slide between the 3 and the 4.
Nonetheless, I thought it was worth a look.
No surprises here. You can’t stop the main scorers in the NBA. However, it doesn’t seem as though Marvin and the Hawks had much impact on any of the top scorers over the last few seasons.
It is interesting to me Deng and Ginobili seemed to cause the Hawks and Marvin the most problem, players on the move playing off teammates.
The turnover numbers are very high which is what the Hawks predicated their defense upon. Notice each player is turning the ball over nearly 3 times a game.
What you don’t see on this graph is looking over the individual games the Hawks and Marvin were able to force some of the best players into off nights. That is a win when you are able to do that.
Marvin does foul a lot. Look at the graph below of his performance against the top wings.
The two highlighted are Marvin’s games v. the Lakers and Spurs. If Marvin is defending Kobe it is taking a lot out of his offensive game. Same can be said for Manu and the Spurs.
Otherwise, it looks as though Marvin in these games stayed near his career numbers and made the opponent pay attention to him defensively.
This data has a huge amount of noise but thought it was worth the look.
Here are the advanced stats for Mo Williams career. Check out what playing with LeBron did for Mo in his career. Last year, with CP3 he had a great year as well. Other than the year after LeBron and his trade to the Clippers has been very solid since his 3rd year in the league
These are the advanced stats on Randy Foye’s career. Look at his pts per SO (scoring opportunities) and his pts per possessions. Almost the same each year despite three different teams and different coaches and players almost every year.
What is interesting is how his game changed the last two years into primarily a three point shooter.
Courtesy of Stats Inc.
Clutch is defined as last 5 minutes with 6 points
Late and close is last 2 minutes within 4 points