Friday, November 09, 2007

Small Sample Size Notes

The prose style takes a holiday today but will return tomorrow morning to recap the Hawks' toughest test of the young season.

Bullet points inspired by limited information it is then...
  • has added Blocks Against (BA) to their box scores but doesn't include them in players' season totals. I've garnered the impression that Josh Childress has had a lot of shots blocked through 4 games. 9 of his 16 misses have come as the result of his shot being blocked. That seems like a lot to me, but I've nothing to compare it with. I'm not going to calculate every player's BA by hand. Yet.
  • If you've struggled to find the Hotzones feature on this year, that may be because it's been re-named Hot Spots (presented by EA Sports NBA LIVE 08, all rights reserved, TM, R, etc., etc.). Though it seems like Josh Smith hasn't made a perimeter jumper yet this year, that's an exaggeration. He's made 4 perimeter jumpers in 20 attempts. He's 2-9 (22.2%) beyond the three-point arc and 2-11 (18.2%) on long (outside 15 feet) two-point attempts. He's also 3-13 (23.1%) on shots attempted inside of 15 feet that aren't layups, dunks, or tip-ins. That seemed poor to me, but last year Smith shot just 13-59 (22%), and in 2005-6 he shot 22-84 (26.2%) on similar shots.
  • The Hawks offense scores 105.3 points per 100 possessions with Marvin Williams on the court. The Hawks offense scores 90.2 points per 100 possessions with Marvin Williams off the court. That's almost as big an impact as Joe Johnson (104.5 on, 86.9 off) has on the offense. (Courtesy:

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