About a month ago I did a post breaking down the first twelve games of the season in two separate stat charts. I’m back with a new and improved version, this time including the last six games. What you will see is individual statistics on a game-by-game basis, but under the six-game sections are the average for that chunk of games in bold for easy comparison for how a player is progressing (or regressing) during each portion of the schedule. I’ve improved the Excel formulas from last time, so this should be spot on. Enjoy, you number nerds.
Note: “RR” stands for Roland Rating, a +/- scoring system (that isn’t incredibly accurate all the time) which rates a players individual performance, separate from the team. Basically, the statistic measures how well a team does while a player is on the floor. So for instance if player a comes in the game with his team trailing by five points and leaves the game with his team trailing by ten, he would get a rating of -5. In the case of reserve players, it becomes very skewed.
Without further ado, the statistics…
Teague showed a huge improvement in his turnover-to-assist ratio in games six through twelve, but both decreased over the last six. His scoring output has remained consistent, and minutes on the floor very high. Turning the ball over continues to be Teague’s biggest weakness, along with an inability to finish point-blank layups; his field goal percentage continues to plummet.
Lamb is still the team’s leading scorer, but barely. His shooting percentage went down considerably, as well as overall shot attempts all-around. Lamb averaged two made three’s on a little over 4 attempts per game in the first twelve, but for some reason he’s shooting less in the last six. He should get back in that groove of letting it rip from outside.
Man-Gilchrist started the season hot from everywhere on the floor and hasn’t changed a thing. The guy is simply incredible. He’s playing almost four more minutes per game than at the start of the season, and still averaging high figures. You cannot ask any more of him, though I’m sure he’d try.
The Terrence of old seems to be on the rebound, he’s got his scoring average back up to around ten points per game and rebounds at six per game — not too far off from where he’s been all season. What is most notable here is his field goal percentage at 47%, efficient enough to not be a liability; despite the feeling he’s costing the team at times. What cannot be measured in numbers is intensity and aggression, both of which Jones has boosted dramatically. Give credit to Jones for continuing to work up to his potential despite a star-studded lineup and a lingering pinky injury.
The three D’s: Davis and double-double seem almost automatic now. Still averaging double figures in points and rebounds, Davis is an invaluable piece to this long and athletic team. The biggest shock to me in Davis’ last six games is his dramatic turnaround in free throw shooting. He’s up to 83% (Granted, a large portion of that percentage came from the great day on the floor versus Louisville, but still). No longer would I consider Davis a “bad” free throw shooter. The Brow has great numbers across the board, he knows no weakness.
We’ve seen blips of greatness from Miller this season, especially against Lamar, Arkansas-Little Rock and Auburn in his last six, but we see “Disappearius” has reemerged also. Miller, like Lamb, gets into this funk of simply not shooting — I can’t imagine Coach Calipari is instructing shooters in general to pass up open looks from outside, but I could be wrong. For the most part, Miller shoots well from behind the arc when he takes more than three shots per game, like going 4-6, 3-5 and 3-5, but less than that and he’s 1-3, 0-2, and 0-1. The lesson here? Fire away, Darius!
Kyle Wiltjer is making the most of his limited minutes this season, checking in and giving a good offensive spark from the bench. Only once has he checked in failed to score a point, and you couldn’t say that before last week. Calipari praised Wiltjers five point, nine-minute performance against Tennessee. Credit him with great defense in that series, too.
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