Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe has been reviewing data from a new multi-camera system that tracks every play and derives the patterns and results of it. The Raptors are one of the 10 teams that subscribed to this system, meaning all of their games featured the system tracking their players and actions.
Here are a few tidbits that touch on Raptor players. The full article link is below.
• Another number that backs that up: Jennings averaged just 4.8 drives per game last season (using the 20 feet/10 feet definition). Among point guards who started at least 30 games, only Jrue Holiday (4.6), Darren Collison (3.3), Jose Calderon (2.4) and Isaiah Thomas (4.4) averaged fewer drives per game. Again, lots of things — roster context, team/coach philosophy, individual skills — are at work for each of these guys. Jennings shot just 37 percent on shot attempts that came via these drives, one of the lowest numbers among 91 players with at least 30 recorded qualifying drives.
• The players most likely to shoot after touching the ball at the elbow: Kobe Bryant (57 percent of touches), Serge Ibaka (61 percent), Leandro Barbosa (!) 55 percent, DeMar DeRozan (!!) 58 percent, Monta Ellis (47 percent) and Mike Dunleavy Jr. (47 percent). Each of those guys touched the ball at the elbow fewer than three times per game, save for Kobe, who got it there a hair more than five times per game in the recorded sample. Ibaka touched the ball at the elbow just 1.16 times per game in 55 recorded games, meaning it’s clear he’s supposed to shoot when he receives it there, mostly in pick-and-pops. Bryant, DeRozan and Ibaka each shot around 41 percent on these attempts, placing near the bottom of the field-goal percentage rankings.
• The data confirms that there was not a lot of high-level passing on the wing last season in Toronto, one of the subscribing teams. Barbosa recorded an assist on just one percent of his 78 recorded drives last season in Indiana and Toronto, which means he literally recorded a single dime on all of those drives — the lowest percentage in the 91-player drive sample. DeRozan recorded assists on just three percent of his 121 recorded drives, one of the half-dozen lowest figures in the sample. They both ranked toward the very bottom of the assist chart on elbow touches. The Raptors have long been waiting for DeRozan, also extension-eligible now, to emerge as a more savvy creator. The data suggest they are still waiting.
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