The Numbers: The Carryover's This Year vs Last Year
For this week's "The Numbers", I thought we'd look at how each returning player from last year is holding up stats wise. Most of the guys have adjusted their roles in one way or another so let's look at how it's all working out.
His numbers are pretty consistent across the board. Despite the fact that the ball isn't in his hands as much this year, his minutes are basically the same and he's still an important contributor on offense. He's probably been able to focus on his defense more this year and the numbers back it up, with his steals up from 0.7 a game to 1.1 and his blocks going from 0.1 to 0.6. Despite the fact he's an Olympian, it's clear Gibbo is at his best when he can focus on defense and take what comes to him offensively.
His minutes are up, thanks to getting a starting role and being healthier. With DJ and G-Money the focus on offense, Peach is having very little run for him this year but is still finding ways to score. His biggest help has been from rebounds and blocks. He's playing just under 3 minutes more than last year on average but has seen his boards go from 5.9 to 6.8 and his blocks soar from 0.4 to 1.6 (leading the team).
DJ is playing a little less than last year, mainly due to several long bench stays when his defensive effort has been unacceptable. His offense has improved greatly under Wright, with a lot of the junk being taken from his shot selection. His field goal percentage (57 up from 40), three point percentage (25 up from 23) and free throw percentage (81 up from 76) have all improved this year.
Like DJ, all of Cadee's percentages have leaped (field goal from 39 to 44, three point from 30 to 35 and free throw from 61 to 88). We're working off a small sample size but as per crunchtimeshots.com he's 2 from 2 in the restricted area and 4 from 8 from the non-restricted area. The numbers start going south once we get to mid-range and three point land but the inside work is good and when he gets fouled he's hitting at a much better rate from the line (14 of 16 so far this year).
Schensch's minutes have dropped more than 8 minutes a game this year, explaining a lot of his production drop. Most of his numbers have dropped in line with this ratio but his shooting (albeit on much less attempts) has gone from 45% to 53%
He's only playing just over 2 more minutes a game under Wright but his numbers have increased greatly. His three point and free throw percentages have improved but his points (5.8 to 9.8), rebounds (2.6 to 4.4) and assists (0.5 to 1.1) are well up despite only a couple of extra minutes. Has developed from a pure energy guy to a valuable contributor is most facets of the game.