Contextualizing Gay and Derozan’s Cold Starts

“Shots and bricks can break my bones, but stats will never hurt me”

Before the season, Demar Derozan had this to say about himself and Rudy Gay:

“…we don’t have to worry about scoring — nothing, none of that — because we can score the ball at will”

Well, I don’t know if you have heard, but Demar Derozan and Rudy Gay are having a bit of trouble with scoring the ball (and it’s not a matter of lack of will). It’s understandable if you’ve forgotten; all the face-palming and non-social drinking probably wiped it from your memory. Well, fear not, here’s a reminder:

Shot Charts (Green means go, yellow means slow, red means no)


League Leaders in Field Goals Attempted


Points Scored by Top-9 in Field Goals Attempted


True-Shooting Percentage by Top-9 in Field Goals Attempted


Just to Recap:

  • Gay and Demar are first and fifth in shots attempted
  • Out of the top-9 in shots attempted, Gay and Demar are second-last, and dead-last in both points scored and true-shooting percentage
  • Reminder: Gay and Derozan use up 61.5% of possessions when they are on the court.
  • Reminder: Gay and Derozan are owed 27.4 million dollars this season
  • Reminder: Amir Johnson uses 14.9% of possessions, Jonas Valanciunas uses 18.9% when he is on the court.
  • Reminder: Have your stress balls and liquor of choice ready for the Raptors’ next game against the Grizzlies (Wednesday, 8 PM EST)

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