Re: [APBR_analysis] Speaking of assists...
On Wed, 30 Jan 2002, John Craven wrote:
> Taking a look at last year's stats:
> Bottom 10
> 24. New Jersey 57.6%
So far this year, NJ is at 65.2%. Adding Kidd did a couple of things:
probably more assists overall (I haven't actually checked this) and almost
certainly fewer unassisted FGs: Marbury shoots those constantly (and
sometimes makes them) whereas Kidd shoots a lot less often.
> Doesn't look like a lot of rhyme or reason there. The #1 offense in
Yes, I'm thinking that yet another factor (someone, maybe Dean O, may've
mentioned this already somewhere) is offensive rebounds -- teams that get
a lot of offensive rebounds and/or do a good job of scoring off of them
will have a larger number of unassisted FGs. Moses Malone, Paul Silas,
But each of these is a relatively small, independent effect: the overall
team assisted FG % is probably determined by a lot of these small
effects, with no one single simple story to explain why some teams are
high or low. "Cooperativeness" could be one of the factors, maybe even a
large one, but there are a host of other factors involved.