In part 1, we plotted players’ selfishness against their eFG%. Now we’re going to turn the four-quadrant chart into a ranked list. The two measures we are focusing on are touches per pass (TPP, our measure of selfishness) and selfishness efficiency (SE, a combination of how selfish a player is and how well he shoots).
Because SE essentially forces the chart, which has data in all directions, into a straight line, some sacrifices have to be made. As mentioned in part 1, because SE uses the standard deviation of eFG%, it is great for analyzing the extremes (players who shoot really well and really poorly). However, players who are average shooters will have an eFG% stand deviation close to zero, and thus their SE will also be close to zero, or basically average.
With that being said, the results of TPP and SE are displayed in the following tables (click for a full-size interactive version).
Indeed, a quick glance at the schedule paints the full picture. Everyone in Houston can now watch, for the most part. Rejoice. Of course, not so coincidentally, that also means that the team is in for some pretty brutal upcoming matchups as they square off against Portland, Golden State, Indiana, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio, all during this stretch. Thursday’s game at Portland is intriguing primarily because it represents a rematch of a win which–at the time–I thought nothing of, ready to throw my remote at the screen had they lost; wasn’t quite expecting the Blazers to run away with the West’s best record.
Given the schizophrenic nature of this team, they could just as easily go 6-6 during this stretch as 10-2, though I do expect that number to be closer to the latter if health stays on our side and Jeremy Lin comes back as expected. On the 15th, the Rockets will get a look at Rudy Gay as fate and destiny collided yesterday. Against Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans, the Rockets will have the benefit–to the detriment of fans everywhere–of taking on teams playing without their best players. And on the 29th, they’ll return to Oklahoma City where they’ll get a chance to see if the addition of Dwight Howard helped close the gap between themselves and a team that was on its way to pummeling them before an unfortunate injury. And lastly, the December 15th, 18th, and 20th trio of games each could represent the team’s first playing without center Omer Asik, we are told via the trade winds….except that the team has been without him both physically and mentally for pretty much the entire year. Hmm.
Every year, the Houston Rockets turn out to be deeper than they looked. Whether the bench depth is Jordan Hill, Chuck Hayes, Kyle Lowry or Courtney Lee, throughout Daryl Morey’s reign as general manager, the Rockets always seem to find hidden gems. Terrence Jones may be the rightful recipient of praise right now, but he’s not the biggest rescue project of the year. That distinction belongs to Omri Casspi, a man who looked close to sliding out of the league just last season. In Casspi, we get a glimpse of why this seems to happen every year.
The most important point to make is that Omri Casspi is much better this season. The sample size is a mere twenty games, but it’s clear that something is different. He’s shooting 7% better on three pointers this season than over his career. His overall shooting is 4% better and he’s scoring another point per game on the same number of shots. all of his peripherals have notable upgrades, with the only exception of a slightly higher turnover rate. Casspi has become a useful member of the team, something that escaped him for years in Cleveland. [read more…]