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.