Mar 09 2014

Sweet 16 for the Sixers

Utah Jazz 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | -3Thad was solid offensively even if his 3-pointer was off (1-of-6). He also collected zero rebounds, which hasn’t happened since March 31, 2012 against the Hawks. We’ll chalk this one up to variance.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 2-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 5 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | -6MCW missed some makeable attempts (2 of 13) and forced some shots because, let’s be honest, he doesn’t really have much of a choice. But the hustle was there; he made some tremendous, athletic plays on defense and came within a point and a turnover of a base-five quintuple-double.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -2An efficient game (16 points on 11 shots) for the by-default veteran (178 career games played!). Anderson has stepped up since Evan Turner was dealt and has been the team’s most dependable swingman. The Sixers have two cheap 3-and-D candidates in Anderson and Hollis Thompson. That’s good news.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 12-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 30 PTS | -19This was “Wrecking Ball” Wroten at his best. He was driving with authority, staying in control on fast breaks, and even making his foul shots. He was active on defense – sometimes too active – but it led to four steals. Few 20 year olds are capable of putting up a 30-point (12-of-15) stat line.

By the Numbers
Five: Jarvis Varnado’s personal fouls … in 14 minutes.

Quote of the Game:
“It sounds corny, but these guys deserve to win. They stay together, they work hard, and they should be rewarded.” ~Brett Brown, via @maxrappaport

Parting Shots
This was the game for the Sixers to win. They were well rested, playing at home, against a terrible Western Conference team on the second night of a back-to-back. They even played kinda well. Tony Wroten – a 42 percent shooter – shot 12 of 15 for 30 freakin’ points.

But they didn’t win. They kept it close and blew it in the end.

That’s OK. The players were into it and the crowd was too – a rare occurrence on nights that Iverson isn’t getting his jersey retired.

The main takeaway here is that the Sixers haven’t checked out. They’re just a really, really bad pro basketball team.

  • robbybonfire23

    Two basic components to a basketball game for each player – his shooting game and his floor game. When one or the other is completely out to lunch, such as a player going 2-13 from the floor, if you give equal weight to these components, then a player having, say, a great floor game but a brick house shooting game, might deserve a grade of “C.”

    For a player having a game such as MCW had, to receive a grade of B-, what you are saying is that the floor game counts for about 75 per cent of the overall mix. This seems especially gratuitous when you consider that these players also have defensive-matchup responsibility, which is more subjective, but which should also be factored into the overall grade mix.

    It would be fascinating is someone were to develop a match up box score display, both for and against, for minutes played, FGA, total points, assists, DR’s etc. This is one way a player like MCW can be upgraded, if, in fact he did shut down his opposite number. But if someone had a prolific night shooting, rebounding and playmaking against him, to go with his miserable 2-13 shooting night, then you really have to give him a “D” at best, as credit for his floor game contribution, but as a debit for everything else.

  • robbybonfire23

    Putting MCW’s “performance” vs. Utah under a microscope, vs. Utah starting guards Burke and Hayward, we find the following…

    1. MCW played 34 minutes, Burke/Hayward played 68 minutes, so that 34 of 102 =

    33 1/3 per cent share of minutes played for MCW.

    2. MCW missed 11 shots from the floor, they missed 15. 11/26 = a 42 per cent share

    of missed shots for MCW.

    3.. MCW scored 4 points, they scored 29 total points. 4/33 = a 12 per cent share of

    points scored for MCW.

    4. MCW pulled down 7 of 11 total defensive rebounds = a 64 per cent share.

    5. MCW made 9 of 25 assists = a 36 per cent share.

    6. MCW made 5 of 13 steals = a 38 per cent share.

    7. MCW committed 4 turnovers, of a total of 7 = a 57 per cent share in this negative


    This evaluation method has some value in that defense is factored into the equation, giving us a comprehensive picture of the performance level for a player.

    In this case MCW was dreadful, as we already know, offensively. He also gets a failing grade in the turnovers category. He grades slightly above average in the assists and steals categories. And MCW was outstanding in the Defensive Rebounding category.

    Overall this looks like a “C-” game, with the major category of defensive rebounding not able to fully offset for the major category shooting and scoring nightmare, in conjunction with the minor category turnovers net deficit.


    • egoldwein

      Enjoyed this breakdown, bonfire. He could certainly be in the “C” range … gave him the B- since I thought his fg% was more a product of poor results. He’s the top option on a terrible team — these nights will happen. Didn’t think his decision making was thaaat poor.

      • robbybonfire23

        Nice to know that since I missed the game. There must be a strong correlation between good judgment and good results / poor judgment and poor results. But, yes, he is learning and growing, and in a couple years, could be All Star caliber. At least he has that potential.

        Important to note that I am not a bit “down” on MCW, as I was on Turner. Probably not a fair basis for comparison, there, but we know MCW can do much better than he showed in this game.

        Tony Wroten was sensational, offensively, but just as wretched, re his floor game. Really frustrating for him, I am sure, and for us.

  • robbybonfire23

    I’m thinking that with a 12 per cent share of points scored, and a 42 per cent share of missed FG attempts, you could give MCW a grade of 12/42 = 28 1/2 for the game.

    Tony Wroten would get