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Season in Statistics: Offense

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We're going to begin our season review with a look at how the team did statistically compared to the rest of the league and their own performance last season.  Since so much was laid at the feet of the offense this year we'll start with the offensive side of the ball.  Defense, rebounding, and a couple other items will come tomorrow.

Here's the offensive breakdown.   Keep in mind that the Blazers ranked 29th in the league in pace so theoretically raw numbers much higher than that are to the positive.

 

Statistic 2008-2009 Rank 2007-2008 Net Change
Points per Game 99.4 14th 95.4 +4.0
Points in Paint* 38.3 18th* 30.8 +7.5
Fastbreak Points* 9.0 29th* 7.9 +1.1
Field Goal ATT 79.2 23rd 79.8 -0.6
Field Goal Makes 36.8 16th 35.8 +1.0
Field Goal % 46.5% 8th 44.8% +1.7%
Three-Point ATT 19.0 12th 17.4 +1.6
Three-Point Makes 7.3 9th 6.6 +0.7
Three-Point % 38.4% 4th 37.8% +0.6%
Free Throw ATT 24.2 16th 22.5 +1.7
Free Throw Makes 18.5 20th 17.2 +1.3
Free Throw % 76.5% 17th 76.7% -0.2%
Effective FG% 51% 8th 49% +2.0%
Assists 20.3 19th 21.1 -0.8
Turnovers 12.9 8th 12.1 +0.8
Off. Efficiency 110.7 2nd 104.0 +6.7

 

 

*The stats with asterisks (points in paint and fastbreak points) were only available with the playoff games included, but they give you a general idea of the season progress anyway even though they're a shade off of the strict regular season comparisons.  The Blazers may shade a spot higher or lower in these categories versus the rest of the league.

Several things jump out here.

The Blazers improved in nearly every category from their performance last year.  The right side of the table is flooded with plus signs.

The Blazers made some astronomical leaps in certain categories.  Points in the paint and offensive efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions) are the eye-popping gains but gains of 1.7% in field goal percentage and 2.0 in effective field goal percentage are also significant.  Keep in mind we're talking an entire team here, not just one guy who got comfortable or saw his role increase.

The fast break numbers didn't go up much, either in raw terms or compared to the rest of the league.  The Blazers are getting more makeable attempts but they're not coming on the break.

Despite the fantastic overall efficiency Portland doesn't actually rank that high in any given area amongst the rest of the league.  This could be spun a couple of ways.  On the one hand you could say the Blazers' multi-pronged attack is difficult for opponents to shut down entirely.  You can control certain facets of the Blazers' offense but you're not going to be able to contain them everywhere for the whole game.  Somethings' going to give.   On the other hand you could say the Blazers' offense is decent-to-good in many areas but consistently overwhelming in none.  Portland is going to get matched up with teams who have those great, near-unstoppable assets.  Often great in a couple things beats out decent in everything.

Do keep in mind, though, that because of space considerations I'm separating rebounding--including offensive rebounding--from the rest of the statistics.  That would be the one area offensively where Portland could lay some claim to greatness.  Then again, getting manhandled by Houston in that aspect of the game may throw us back to the "Jack of all trades and master of none" line.

What jumps out to you offensively?  And what do you think were the biggest offensive strengths, weaknesses, and improvements this season?

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)