Last Night’s Numbers – 10/29/10

Welcome to Last Night’s Numbers, a new daily feature where we run through the NBA games from the night before, highlighting one or two numbers I found particularly interesting from each game. Think of it as Kelly Dwyer’s Behind the Box Score from Ball Don’t Lie, except shorter, less informative, less informed, less witty, less enjoyable and less well written. All the stats are from Hoopdata’s box scores, which contain some additional advanced stats not available in traditional box scores. As with all my work here, this is an experiment and subject to changes in format and scheduling!

Orlando 112 – Washington 83

  • It was not a terrific start to the season for top pick, John Wall. He shot 6-19 from the field and posted a -31 in his time on the floor. Of his 19 shots, only 5 came at the rim, and a whopping 10 were of the 16-23ft. jumpshot variety. He only made 2 of those 10. In addition he only got to the free throw line only 3 times, for a game FTR of 0.158. The one bright spot was his 9 assists compared to only 3 turnovers. He has all the tools but there is still a lot of room for growth.
  • Washington was absolutely destroyed on the glass, grabbing only 32.1% of the available rebounds during the game. Their starting power forward and center, Andray Blatche and Javale McGee both had Total Rebound Rates for the game under 7%. Orlando is one of the better rebounding teams in the league but this still projects to be a season-long struggle for the Wizards.
  • Dwight Howard had a respectable game offensively, stepping away from the basket slightly to make 4 of 5 shots from less than 10ft. He even knocked down a jumpshot in the 16-23ft. range.

Phoenix 110 – Utah 94

  • Utah’s season is off to an inauspicious start as they lost again, struggling on offense. Utah’s starting backcourt, Williams and Bell, combined to shoot 6 of 24 from the field and 2-8 on three pointers last night.
  • Phoenix’s bench played strong last night. Channing Frye, Goran Dragic, Hakim Warrick, Josh Childress and Jared Dudley combined to go +52 in their 108 minutes played.
  • After struggling mightily on the glass in their first game, Phoenix had two players, Grant Hill and Hakim Warrick reach double figure rebounds in this game. They need to make this a consistent nightly focus in order to have a chance of making the playoffs.


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7 responses to “Last Night’s Numbers – 10/29/10

  1. Great work on this site.

    I am going to need some time to wean my attitude about John Wall. I don’t dislike him. I dislike all the hype.

    With that being said, it comes as no surprise that he struggles from the field. That is what happened last year when college got back and protected the paint. As soon as he had to make decisions on the fly, he became an average player. Usually, rookies start out fast and fade late. Interesting, that he is struggling early. Yes, there is room to improve, and he will.

    Yes, I am still biased.

    The Suns could be sneaky good. With everyone’s attention on the talents taken to South Beach and an impending migration to the east, Phoenix has been overlooked. I love Dragic’s game. Nash with Turkoglu could prove very effective. Just call Grant Hill Elmer because he is glue to hold things together.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting Paul. I think Wall is actually going to improve quite a bit over the course of the season. Most rookies have a big adjustment initially transitioning to the physical aspects of the NBA game. Wall is already such a physical specimen that it’s all about learning how to control his physical tools and connect that with his increased mental understanding of the game. I agree Phoenix is going to be much better than people think. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see them in the playoffs.

  2. Chicago Tim

    I love this series of posts. HoopsWorld reports that Erick Dampier is going to the Rockets after all, which is probably bad news for the Suns.

  3. Chicago Tim

    I wonder if the Suns could trade for Joel Przybilla. If Oden comes back healthy, Portland may want to move their high-priced third-string center, who could easily start for other teams such as the Suns.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting Tim. We’ll have to see how mobile Pryzbilla looks when he comes back but he could be a good fit for Portland. The problem is I am not sure what Phoenix could send back in a trade that Portland would find interesting. I doubt they would move Dragic, Childress, or Dudley. Other than that I am not sure what would get Portland excited, certainly not Turkoglu. Even though they tried to sign him last summer, his play has declined so much it seems like a clear stay away situation for them.

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  5. Chicago Tim

    Draft picks? But trading draft picks alone would put the Suns over the salary cap, so maybe not.

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