NBA Roundtable

Comparison — Bargnani vs Aldridge

In General NBA on March 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Yertu Damkule brought up a great point in a recent commentsaying how closely matched Andrea Bargnani and LaMarcus Aldridge’s numbers are when you compare them against one another — I thought it was worth further examination so let’s get straight down to it:

For this first comparison, I’m going to use Bargnani’s numbers as a starter on the season, which is taken from a sample of just under 50 games.

MPG

PPG

RPG

BPG

APG

FG%

Aldridge

36.9

18.0

7.2

0.9

1.9

48.6%

Bargnani

34.7

17.5

6.2

1.2

1.4

45.6%

Okay, from here on in I’ll be using Bargnani’s 2009 numbers solely — January, February and March games — which is a sample of 35 games.

MPG

PPG

RPG

BPG

APG

FG%

Aldridge

36.9

18.0

7.2

0.9

1.9

48.6%

Bargnani

35.4

19.1

6.4

0.9

1.4

47.2%

There is a minute and a half difference there, so not a large one, but I was curious to see the differences if we even out the minutes to per 36 numbers:

PPG

RPG

BPG

APG

Aldridge

17.6

7.0

0.9

1.8

Bargnani

19.4

6.5

0.9

1.4

The rebounding difference becomes even smaller, just half a rebound separating both players over the course of 36 minutes. Bargnani meanwhile adds almost two points more.

  • Turnovers — Aldridge averages 1.4 turnovers per game, whilst Bargnani averages two turnovers per game in 2009.

A further examination of their numbers

We’re not going to go to far into the numbers, but I thought it would be worthwhile to examine the players scoring because there’s some very interesting information there.

Scoring is clearly each player’s greatest strength, and we’ve already found out how productive they are in that regard, but how efficient are they?

FG%

3FG%

eFG%

FT%

TS%

Aldridge

48.6%

23.8%

48.9%

77.0%

52.9%

Bargnani

47.2%

44.8%

53.7%

81.3%

57.5%

  • A difference of 4.6% in scoring efficiency is absolutely massive. Large advantage here for Bargnani.
  • Aldridge’s inability to be an efficient scorer (he is mediocre) is a big negative on his score card, not just in this comparison but in general.

Okay, where do their shot attempts come from?

FGA

3PA

FTA

Aldridge

14.8

0.3

4.0

Bargnani

14.3

4.1

4.6

A further breakdown on the attempts via 82games (whole season stats):

Jumpshots

Interior Baskets

eFG% on Jumpshots

eFG% on interior shots

Aldridge

66%

34%

42.0%

62.2%

Bargnani

75%

25%

48.1%

58.2%

Conclusions

In 2009 Bargnani has been both the more prolific scorer (almost two additional points per game) and the far more efficient scorer (almost 5% better from the field).

LaMarcus Aldridge is the better rebounder but only by half a rebound per game (better at boxing out too, so the difference is larger than that). Aldridge also adds more assists, getting half a dime more per game.

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  1. i was bored today, so i ended up doing a similar comparo. only nit to pick – bargs’ per 36 BPG would actually be up a bit (from 1.2), not down to .9 – i’m guessing LA’s BPG was copied by mistake.

    hey, if you want to take it even further – run bosh’s #’s for 2009. might make you scratch your head…

  2. Hey Yertu,

    I double checked the blocks for Bargnani. Three sets of numbers, two in the above post (1) I have him at 1.2bpg for the 48 games he started, (2) but only at 0.9bpg for the months of January-February-March. Basketball-Reference has him down for 33 blocks in 35 games, while playing 35.4 minutes a night, so there was pretty much no change in the per 36 numbers. (3) On the season as a whole, he’s blocking 1.3 shots per 36.

    Bosh’s numbers seem fairly normal with 21.6ppg and 8.9rpg … well except for the low FG% which is well below his normal high standards. A little down but still fairly comparable to his usual efforts.

  3. yup, my bad.

    only reason i mentioned bosh was because his numbers for 2009, in general, are somewhat pedestrian, and a little un-bosh-like. granted, his knee had something to do with that.

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