Re: Does Spree help the offense?
- --- In APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com, "nickouli5" <NikoTMP@g...>
> Minnesota was ranked Top 5-6 in offense this season.Their offense got better? I thought only their defense improved. I
> Many claim they got better on O and D because of the additions of
> Cassell and Spree as scorers.
wrote back in April:
How did Minnesota improve? Thanks to 82games.com (is there anything
they can't do?), it looks clear that they did it by upgrading their
defense. Last year they averaged 108 pPts and their opponents 105
pPts (pPts is points per 100 possessions). This year their offensive
output is the same, but they shaved their points against down to 101
pPts. Just to give you an example, this year their defense is ranked
about 6th, while if they still had last year's production, it would
have been about 15th.
...They took minutes away (by either trading or relegating to a
smaller role) from Szczerbiak, Nesterovic, Kendall Gill, Peeler, Joe
Smith, and Gary Trent, and gave them to Latrell Sprewell, Sam
Cassell, Fred Hoiberg, Michael Olowokandi, and Mark Madsen. To me
that looks like a defensive upgrade at every turn, save for
FWIW Minnesota was 6th in pPTS in both offense & defense last year.