Wolters Against the World
January 27, 2014
By Alex Boeder
In the first 10 seconds of the shot clock, from 24 to 15 in red lights that is, the Bucks have actually outshot their opponents this season.
That means exactly one thing, I mean exactly two things: 1) the team should maximize its shots early in the shot clock 2) 82games.com miraculously updated its stat database today.
With that in mind, here are three stats to note, courtesy of 82games.com.
Bucks Versus Shot Clock
Every team, almost every team anyway, wants to push the ball. They will say. The faster you get into your offense, the better looks you will get. Fastbreak opportunities are inherently high-percentage opportunities. However, not every team has the personnel to thrive playing at a fast pace. Are the Bucks one of those teams? To be determined, hopefully.
Before the season, Larry Drew told me he preferred his teams to play up-tempo. Right now, the Bucks rank 26th in pace factor. Shooting percentages for all teams go down as the shot clock goes down, but the trends are more extreme than usual, more detrimental than usual, more precipitous than usual, for the Bucks. They actually outshoot their opponents within the first 10 seconds of the shot clock, but they fall off quickly after that. Those first 10 seconds comprise a big chunk of shots, but the Bucks need to find a way to make it an even bigger, better chunk.
In The Middle Of Knight
Every player on the Bucks has started this season – at least two games. Brandon Knight leads the way with 32 starts. And he has played the vast majority of that time at point guard. So the sample size is rather small for his time at shooting guard: he has played more than three times as many minutes at the point compared to shooting guard, per 82games.com. And sometimes this distinction can be difficult to track anyway.
But the shooting guard numbers look nice for Knight, and that is not so hard to believe based on the eye test. The coach and front office have repeatedly called Knight a point guard. And he might very well be just that. In two previous seasons, he posted better numbers at the point. But his ability to score and play off the ball suggests he might have the chance to function as an efficient combo guard, in time. Something to watch, at least.
The Bucks have outscored opponents by 34 points when Nate Wolters is on the floor. That might not sound like much, but for this team at this time, that is something. He is in fact the only player on the team with a positive differential, and he has played 624 minutes, more than a few.
Now, individual differentials are not always so meaningful by themselves. Because they largely depend on the players you are paired with and against, and when. For example, the Bucks outscored the Hawks in the fourth quarter the other night with Wolters getting some burn and doing some nice things (8 points, 5 assists in 16 minutes overall), but they were already down by a significant margin. Maybe that makes the performance less meaningful, maybe it doesn’t? In any event, this can only be considered a positive… yes.
Writing and the Bucks. Two of my passions. So it is good to be here. I have reported on media row for just about every Bucks home game since 2009. I started writing for the Bucks in 2012. Before that, I co-founded and wrote for BrewHoop. I have written for the Milwaukee Brewers, SB Nation, ESPN Milwaukee, Slam Online, and so on. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @alexboeder or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.