The following table illustrates scorer-assistant interaction between Houston Rockets teammates. The rows refer to scorers, while the columns refer to assisting passers. For example, the cell for Trevor Ariza’s row and Aaron Brooks’s column indicates that Brooks assisted an Ariza made basket 51 times.
Perhaps a more telling way of representing this information would be to show assist-rates when two players are on the floor together. For example, instead of showing that Brooks assisted 51 Ariza baskets so far this season, I may want to know how many assists to Ariza he gets for every 36 minutes they share on the floor. That’s what the following table shows:
A few comments:
- Kyle Lowry does a nice job distributing to all his teammates when he shares the floor with them.
- Carl Landry is strictly a finisher.
- It is interesting that, per-minute, Chuck Hayes assists more Brooks baskets than any player other than Lowry. Brooks has the ball in his hands quite a bit and has to create most of his shots, but he does get some easy looks from Hayes backdoor passes or hand offs from the high post
- It is interesting that Brooks has a higher assist rate to Landry, while Lowry has a higher assist rate to Scola. Brooks does a pretty good of penetrating in half-court sets and finding Landry on the baseline. I think Lowry isn’t asked to create as much offense in half-court situations. Lowry does excel in transition, and Scola is a great running partner. Perhaps those pairs are better suited together?
Data in this post was tabulated from the play-by-play CSV files provided by Ryan Parker at BasketballGeek.com.