Dan Hanner of RealGM.com has a nice by-the-numbers breakdown of the 2013 NBA Draft class.
Big improvements in efficiency
1. Shane Larkin ORtg improved from 99 to 117 while using 3% more possessions
2. Alex Len ORtg improved from 99 to 113 while using 6% more possessions
3. Trey Burke ORtg improved from 106 to 121 while using 2% more possessions
4. Victor Oladipo ORtg improved from 107 to 122 while using 1% fewer possessions
5. Reggie Bullock ORtg improved from 118 to 128 while using 3% more possessions
6. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ORtg improved from 104 to 113 while using 4% more possessions
There are so many more names I could include on this list. Murray St.'s Isaiah Canaan deserves a lot more praise. Even though his team did worse, Canaan had a brilliant season personally. On the flip side...
1. Andre Roberson ORtg fell from 109 to 100 while using 2% fewer possessions
2. Phil Pressey ORtg fell from 114 to 101 while using 3% more possessions
3. Cody Zeller ORtg fell from 127 to 119 while using 2% more possessions
None of these guys was terrible. Roberson was still a dominant defender. But when you tread water in college basketball, NBA scouts start to downgrade your potential. Zeller treaded water and didn't improve and his draft stock has fallen quite a bit. From Z to Z, from Zeller's free throw rate, to his declining ORtg, that's a quick look inside the college stats.
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