NBA 2022-23 at Mid-Season – Where are all these points coming from?
With the completion of Tuesday’s seven-game slate, the NBA
reached the mid-point of its 2022-23 campaign – 617 of its 1,230 scheduled
tip-offs are “in the books.”
While the Golden State Warriors have faced their share of
struggles (both literal and figurative) in quest of a repeat championship, they
are half-way to accomplishing something else that I believe to be unprecedented
in Association Annals.
Through 41 games, the Dubs have registered more successful
three-point field goals (662) than on-target free throws (655) … GSW gets a
whopping 41.5 percent of its scoring (1,994 of 4,783 points) from behind the
arc, No. 1 in the circuit.
The Next Four
Bos, .392 (1,902 of 4,848 points)
Dal, .392 (1,839 of 4,710
Ind, .373 (1,767 of 4,741 points)
Utah, .368 (1,905 of 5,171 points)
In a similar vein, there’s only one team getting OVER HALF
of its point production from one area – namely THE PAINT. Ja Morant and his Memphis
Grizzlies 1,167 on-target FG’s launched from Hubie Brown’s infamous “painted
area” represent 50.5 percent of their season’s point production. (A mere four squads
– the Mavs, Clippers, Dubs, and C’s – get less than 40 percent of their scoring
from the Paint.)
The Cream of this Crop
Mem, .505 (2,352 of 4,654 points)
San Antonio .488 (2,244
of 4,594 points)
LAL, .485 (2,320 of 4,783 points)
Char, .482 (2,272 of 4,709
OKC, (2,278 of 4,770 points).
When it comes to the “Mid-Range,” would you be shocked to
learn that DeMar DeRozan’s team tops the charts – albeit by scoring about one
of every seven points (.143) from the Great “Betwixt and Between” (just 670 of
its 4,701 points). More than 80 percent of the league generates less than 10
percent of its offense from the Mid-Range.
The Next Four
Bro, .136 (624 of 4,583 points)
Atl, .121 (560 of 4,610 points)
Phoe, .108 (514 of 4,747 points)
LAC, .102 (480 of 4,697 points)
This leaves us with Free Throw shooting as the final source of
scoring … interestingly, the aspect of scoring most directly impacted by
officiating has the least variance of all four categories. The “top” team gets
18.9 percent of its scoring from the charity stripe, the “bottom” team (Golden
State, not quite so ironically) 13.7 percent.
The Cream of that Crop
Det, .189 (928 of 4,921 points)
Tor, .179 (821 of 4,579 points)
Hou, .178 (778 of 4,363 points)
Dal, .178 (837 of 4,710 points)
NO .176 (848
of 4,815 points)
Abacus Revelation for the Road
I think it was 50 seasons ago when the cover photo of the
Sports Illustrated NBA preview issue showed Gus Johnson and Dave DeBusschere
grimacing and exchanging elbows while battling for a rebound, dubbing the clash
“The Classic Confrontation” … and indeed it was.
Dave Cowens going mano-a-mano with Bob McAdoo in his Buffalo
days was a duel well worth the price of admission.
This era’s preferred style of play – spread the court,
drive-and-dish, switch everything – seems to have inhibited the emergence of
such entertaining individual match-ups that once were so common.
Of course, it could also be true that I’m just an
out-of-touch Old Fart !!!