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Individual efficiency of players.

Individual efficiency of players
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In our weekly section, we have already talked about the individual efficiency of players (USG%, eFg%, and TS%). Today we will tell you why taking these indicators into account is very important in the game.

Everyone will agree that it is easier to get to the basket when you receive a pass from another player. It would seem that the problem is for those that take a shoot without assistance. These players are more independent because they set themselves up for the shot. They are more difficult to neutralize. However, among players that attack the basket after receiving a pass, there is a clear distinction between players that depend on others to set them up and players that are simply of a specific type. For example, Redick shoots after receiving a pass, as if he has set himself up for the shot. He gets himself open in such a way that any player can pass the ball to him. He doesn’t need a playmaker, just a mediocre NBA player. For different types of players, the degree of dependence on other players is different, as is adjustments they make after receiving the pass before attacking the bucket. Therefore, the following question arises. Attacks led to more points being scored?

Different types of possessions result in different levels of efficiency. If the player is a good one, then shots from beyond the three-point arc after receiving a pass from another player result in more than 1.3 points per possession. Shots from the top of the key by role players result in more than 1.2 points per attempt. The results are about the same for spot-up attempts when the player simply shoots after dribbling the ball. The shooter gets open not because of receiving a pass, but because the opponent guarding him went somewhere else to help defend another player. These are dependent shots. They are easy to make because another player on your team creates the opportunity for you.

This season, Milwaukee has the best shooting efficiency when attacking the bucket with an eFG% of 55.3. The worst team in terms of accuracy in transition is the Clippers.  They have an eFG% of 56.0. That is, the worst transition accurancy in the NBA. However, it is more productive than the best attack in the league. So, naturally, it is easier for players to score baskets when they quickly attack the bucket; and those teams that have a high number of shots in transition wind up initially in a winning position. It’s one thing if you’re Yannis or Simmons, players that create these early attack opportunities. It’s another matter if you are just a defender that winds up closer to the top of the key when the ball is intercepted and so you find yourself the closest player to the other teams basket. You’re a good man that ran fast, but that’s all.

The effectiveness of players must be analyzed through such filters. Often the most accurate basketball player is the center, who shoots three times per game, and all three of his shots are dunks after receiving a pass. However, this does not mean that they are the most effective scorers. They just have the easiest job.

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