NBA Roundtable

Kobe Bryant Watch 2014/2015 (Part Two)

In 2014/15 NBA Regular Season on December 22, 2014 at 1:39 am

First edition – click here – dated November 10th.

This is an update to that post. 82.1

  • Kobe Bryant just shot 8-30 FGAs for 25 points while hitting 6-6 from the FT line and turning the ball over 9 times in a 7 point loss to the Sacramento Kings.That is a total of 42 possession to net 25 points equaling 0.595 points per possession. Obviously a disgraceful number.
  • The Lakers have played 27 games but have won only 8 games. They have lost 19 games.
  • Kobe Bryant is now averaging 24.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.9apg in 35.5mpg.
  • Kobe Bryant is shooting 37.1% from the field, 27% from three and is up to 81% from the FT line. Big increase in free throw shooting percentage since early in the season.
  • Those 24.6ppg are coming from 22.4 FGAs per game, 8 FTAs per game and 3.5 TOs per game. A total of 29.9 possessions (FGAs + 0.5FTAs + TOs) to net 24.6ppg for an average of 0.823 points per possession.
  • An average shooting guard is scoring at 0.926 points per possession this season. That is a huge difference = 0.100 points per possession.

Verdict: Kobe Bryant is scoring at a highly inefficient rate and is an ineffective scorer while taking this level of shot attempts.

His Lakers teammates are scoring 0.945 points per possession. Several Lakers (J.Lin, C.Boozer, W.Ellington, N.Young) are clearly capable of scoring more often than they currently are.

Now maybe Kobe Bryant’s high usage and the defensive attention he commands is helping generate better quality shot attempts for his teammates and helping their scoring efficiency. But given how inefficient Kobe himself is scoring the ball, it is hard to imagine his Lakers teammates doing worse than he is if they were given a few more possessions to work with.

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