With thanks to the Michigan State blog, The Only Colors (seen here) I wanted to give a visual representation of the Deacon offense this season. While the defense has been equal in contributing to our struggles so far this season (currently 246th in KenPom adjusted efficiency), defensive stats are not as developed as offensive stats.
So today we are going to look at the individual offensive ratings and usage percentages for the 131st ranked team in offensive efficiency to date. I believe many of the results of this exercise will already be known but it will be nice to see in visual form. (All numbers courtesy of Statsheet.com).
Click through for a look at our offense statistically.
Now for those who may not be familiar with advanced stats, let me break down this chart in a few sentences. The usage rate is how many possessions a player uses when they are in the game (shots taken and turnovers). Offensive rating is how many points per 100 individual possession the player will score.
A couple notes before we begin:
- I chose not to include Chennault since he has only played in one game. The sample size was way too low for him to justify inclusion.
- Be aware of a small sample size for Tabb and Mescheriakov. They have only played in 7 and 5 games, respectively, so some of their results may be skewed based on this.
- The midpoints on this plot are semi-arbitrary. I chose 20% usage rate since that is commonly accepted as average for a player. I went with 105 for the offensive rating cutoff, as this is slightly above the rating for the team as a whole this season.
A couple of observations
I think this is a good representation of the struggles the Deacs are going through. Only one high usage, high efficiency players, with plenty of high usage players struggling. There are plenty of underlying reasons for their struggles but the results are pretty clear in the chart.
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