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The Magic Number Is 7

No, sorry, not a Brandon Roy love-fest.

I was looking over Martell's last 24 games played. I found one simple constant: When Martell attempts more than 7FG in a game, he scores in double digits. Pretty simplistic, right? Well, the disparity is pretty huge.

In 18 games since February, when Martell attempts more than 7FG, he scores 12.75PPG.

In 8 games since February, when Martell attempts less than 7FG [meaning, 1 to 6FGA], he scores an abysmal 5.1PPG.

This, to some, might be a simple "duh" - attempt more FG, and you shall score more points! When he attempts 7FG+, Martell shoots 45% from the field.

But when he attempts less than 7FG, he shoots 37% from the field.

His rebounding also goes up: 4.3RPG vs 2.6RPG

I know I'm not one into quasi-mathematical formulas where you take the number of FGA, multiply that by some obscure number, divide them by the number of FGM, multiply that by another obscure number, plus the mean-root of rebounds per minute.

I like raw data, and the raw data here suggests: Have Martell attempt 7FG+ a game, and he will contribute.

This pretty much leads to the same conclusion as before: when Martell's shot is not falling, he does not contribute in ways to help the team. Let's hope he learns how to contribute in other ways when his shot is not falling.

But it begs the question... Martell was drafted for his shooting abilities... so why not have him shoot?

The magic number is seven.

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