INSIDER – Highlights from Draft Express Numbers Breakdown

Draft Express does terrific work with situational stats breakdowns.  Here are the highights


  •  Marcus Smart went to the line 31% of his possessions  in transition and 21% of his half court possessions.   Smart only ran the pick and roll 21% of his possessions.    However,  Smart  hit only 28% of his jump shots in the half court, 30.3% on catch and shoot and 28.8% off the dribble.  Smart is terrific at the rim, 57.3%.
  • Tyler Ennis pts per possession is the lowest of any guard in the draft.  20.5% of his shots are floaters and he only makes 28% of those shots and doesn’t get to the rim.
  • Elfrid Payton uses a very high 21 possessions a game.  5 of those possessions were in transition and shot 63% on the break.  Payton only takes 3 jump shots a game and hit just 26% of those shots and just 18% on catch and shoot.
  • Jordan Clarkson was in the pick and roll 6 times a game a game, 3rd most and was 5th in scoring at .92 pts per possessions.  He gets to the rim at a rate higher than anyone other than Payton.  Finished 56% at the rim
  • Shabazz Napier was 3rd among guards in pts per possession in halfcourt, .99 pts per possession.  54% of his possessions came in isolation and pick and roll.   Made 41% of his jump shots.   NBA average is 38%.   Napier is the best pull up jumper of the guards.   He is not good at the rim at 47%.



  • Nik Stauskas  1.124 pts per possession is 2nd best of shooting guards (Spencer Dinwiddie is best) .  Stauskas is the best on jump shot at 1.15 pts per shot.   49% shooting off the catch and shoot and 38% off the dribble.   Using the same system that Trey Burke used at Michigan Stauskas used nearly 30% of his possessions as the ball handler on the pick and roll.
  • Gary Harris 1.02 pts per possession is very average.  His .98 pts per shot at the rim is the 3rd lowest mark of the group.
  • Jordan Adams  ranks 5th in pts per possession.   He played off screens and transition.  2nd best finisher at the rim despite not dunking.   His jump shooting is the worst of the group at .85 pts per jump shot.
  •  PJ Hariston  34% on catch and shoots.
  • Zach Lavine  lowest usage rate in the group and the least efficient scorer in the pick and roll and isolation.   32% of his possessions in transition.
  • Spencer Dinwiddie played just 17 games before an ACL, his 1.17 pts per possession is only surpassed by Doug McDermott in the entire draft.   Dinwiddie is the best pick and roll players and isolation player and 2nd in spot up.  1.127 pts per jump shot.
  • CJ Wilcox is above average in both usage and efficiency.   Used heavily off the screen. Ranks third in at 1.16 pts per jump shot.


  •  Parker pts per possessions (.999)  Wiggins (.974)  Wiggins %FT (19.9% of possessions) and Parker (18.5% of possessions)
  • Wiggins 16% came in transition, 13.5% in isolation, 13% off pick and roll.  Wiggins 19.9% of possessions going line was 2nd highest of small forwards.    Average .72 pts per pull up jump shot.  26% of his attempts were off the bounce making 30%.    Made 37% of his catch and shoot chances.
  • Jabari Parker  18% of his  possessions came on post-ups, 1.06 pts per possession on post up was 2nd best of small forwards.    However, spot up was not good at .82 pts per possessions, 3rd worst of the group.  1.18 pts per catch and shoot 4th best in the group.
  • Doug McDermott used 22 possessions a game and scored 1.18 pts per possession.    He used 25% of his possessions in the post.  Averaged 1.31 pts per catch and shoot.
  • TJ Warren had the highest usage rate in the draft.   32.2% on jump shots but terrific at the rim at 70%.
  • Jerami Grant only 12 possessions per game.  Least good shooter in the draft.   62% of his shots in half court around the rim.
  • KJ McDaniels  top transition player in the draft.  3rd best finisher in the half court.
  • Cleanthony Early 1.11 pts per jump shot.  No isolation game.
  • Kyle Anderson worst small forward in transition .87 pts per possession.  1.41 pts per catch and shoot.
  • Rodney Hood most efficient pick and roll handler in the group.  Went to rim limited.



  • Noah Vonleh only used 11.5 possessions a game.  29% of his offense is post up.  Turned the ball over 15% of his possessions in the post up.  Took only 41 jump shots the entire season.   Pts per possession at 1.17 at the rim is not great.
  • Julius Randle 21% of his possessions are post ups, just average for power forwards.   Shot 39% on post up but drew fouls 26% on post up possessions.  Randle is great on the offensive glass at 2.4 possessions a game. Was used largely in isolation but only scored at .76 pts per isolation.   Shot just 17% on jump shots and .4 pts per possessions the worst of the power forwards.
  • Aaron Gordon 19% of his offense was in transition.  Shot 59% in transition.   11 half court possessions a game and one of the most efficient because 30% of offense came off cuts and put back.  1 isolation possession per game.   He shot just 29% on jump shots
  • Capela only took .3 jump shots a game, making just 21%
  • Adreian Payne 27% of his offense was post ups

PODCAST – Locke visits with Scotty G and Hans then with the Big Show

Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke visited with good friends from 97.5 FM today, first with Hans and Scotty G and then with Spence and Gordon.


Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke answers your questions about the draft and is joined by Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy

PODCAST – NBA Draft 2014 Draftee interviews

Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke talks with Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum, Noah Vonleh, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart and Julius Randle.

TIP OFF – June 25th — The Day Before

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INSIDER—Jazz comfortable at #5

With rumors swirling all around the Utah Jazz and the 2014 NBA Draft, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said today: “If we stay at [pick #5] we know the group and we are comfortable with the group.”

In an interview with David James and Patrick Kinihan on 97.5 FM, Lindsey explained that whomever the Jazz draft, the key will be the work done after the draft—not before the draft.

“There is no perfect prospect; there are a bunch of very good prospects,” Lindsey said. “Much of this draft is how good you are as an organization developing the prospect you take. We’re going to have to do a really good diagnosis look under the hood, look at their skill set and support them because they are really young men.”


The group the Jazz will be choosing from at #5 will likely include some combination of 18-year-olds Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon, 19-year-old Julius Randle and 20-year-old Marcus Smart.

Lindsey also commented: “There are many different prospects that add different athletic attributes and mindsets.”

Lindsey would not comment on trade rumors or if the Jazz had any players in for an extra workout.

PODCAST—Jazz legend Ron Boone breaks down the top picks

The Utah Jazz radio team of David Locke and Ron Boone got together to break down the top picks of the NBA Draft. Ron has been around the league since 1968 and brings it big time about these top players.

PODCAST—Basketball Insider Nate Duncan breaks down the NBA Draft’s top talent

Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke sits down with Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders and breaks down the top talent of the 2014 NBA Draft.