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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.

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Rondo’s Scoring

In 2014/15 NBA Regular Season on December 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Rondo’s scoring has been a big problem this year.

In the past, Rondo was an above average scorer in (1) interior shots (2) transition (3) cuts. He developed into a capable midrange shooter.

His outside shooting and FT shooting has always been a problem but he was an asset in those other areas as a scorer.

However, this year, Rondo’s scoring utility has dropped off in all the strong areas of his game scoring wise as well as struggling with his jumper. This has made him a very large liability in terms of scoring and I think comparable to someone like Ricky Rubio. This is a big drop-off from his scoring in the 2008-2012 seasons.

This to me is the main reason for the drop-off in his performance and the area he will need to correct in order to reestablish himself as one of the top PGs in the league. I am confident Rondo can do that given time as he continues to get himself healthy after the knee injury and the broken hand he suffered at start of the season.

But until he does so, Rondo is on the outside looking in amongst the top PGs in the league.

Marcus Smart for Rookie of the Year

In 2014/15 NBA Regular Season on December 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Rajon Rondo trade to Dallas is confirmed. Celtics getting Brandan Wright, Crowder, picks and some filler.

So this clears the way for Marcus Smart to take over as starting PG for the Boston Celtics. Back on draft day, I felt that Marcus Smart was one of the most NBA ready players in this draft class and now with Rondo out of the way, Smart will have the chance to show that.

The Competition for RoY

The early returns for Rookie of the Year are fairly weak:

  • Andrew Wiggins = 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg in 30.8mpg with above average defense
  • Jabari Parker = injured, out for season, played only 20 games
  • Embiid = injured, out for season, 0 games
  • Aaron Gordon = injured, out indefinitely, looks stuck in a 15-20mpg bench role even if/when he returns
  • Dante Exum = raw and struggling most nights

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