Teodosic’s presence, success equaled wins for LA
LOS ANGELES — Two electrifying passers arrived in LA at the beginning of the 2017-18 NBA. Both rookies, despite wide age and cultural gaps, were best known for their unteachable passing ability, among other on-court talents.
However, for now, only one transformed those talents into wins for his team.
Milos Teodosic, the Clippers 30-year-old first year point guard, battled injuries during his first NBA season. He competed in 45 games for LA, while dealing with a pesky plantar fascia for a majority of the year.
But if there is a silver lining in Teodosic’s injury struggles, it’s that the Clippers learned just how valuable the European legend was to the franchise this season, and what his presence could mean for the team moving forward.
The numbers show that this season, when Teodosic took the floor, the Clippers won. Moreover, when Teodosic performed well statistically, the team soared.
In 45 games with Teodosic on the floor, despite a multitude of injuries to other players, the Clippers amassed a 29-16 record. In those games, Teodosic averaged 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He shot 42 percent from the field, 38 percent from three and 85 percent from the free throw line. His plus/minus was +1.9.
Those numbers might not necessarily jump off the page, but there is room to dig a little deeper.
In the Clippers 29 wins with Teodosic in the lineup, all his stats made a slight jump. He averaged 9.9 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds. He shot 43.3 percent from the field, 41 percent from three and 87 percent from the line.
In addition, his plus/minus jumped all the way up to +7.1, and over the course of the season, Teodosic maintained the highest plus/minus on the team for players that played at least 21 games.
Let’s look at a few more stats:
- When Teodosic scored 10 or more points, LA’s record was 16-7. When he scored 15 or more, the team was 5-1.
- When Teodosic shot at least 50 percent from the field, the Clippers were 12-4.
- In games in which Teodosic tallied 4+ assists, the team was 25-11. When he registered 5+ assists, the Clippers were 18-4 and when he registered 6+ assists, LA was 12-2.
- When Teodosic played 20+ minutes, the Clippers were 23-15.
- Teodosic started 36 games this season, and in those games, the Clippers were 22-14.
- Teodosic came off the bench for nine consecutive games, from Feb. 12 to March 16, and in those games, the Clippers were 7-2.
- When Teodosic’s +/- was +3 or above, the Clippers were 19-2.
Lastly, the Clippers never lost a game in which Teodosic set a career-high, in minutes played (33.5), points (18), assists (10), rebounds (7), blocks (1), steals (3), field goals made (7), free throws made (4), and three-pointers made (4).
Teodosic’s presence was indeed felt throughout the season, and if the second-year guard can return to full health prior to next season, LA can prepare to enjoy the full effects of his on-court success.