All data courtesy of BasketballValue.com
1) Mike Bibby is capable defensively if Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, and Al Horford are all on the floor. If they're not all on the floor, Bibby is overwhelmed.
It was true last season:
|w/ all three||2359||Pts||103.2|
|w/o any of the three||1676||Pts||109.2|
And it's true so far this season:
|w/ all three||245||242||98.8|
|w/o any of the three||354||386||109|
2) Marvin Williams has not, in limited minutes, been a defensive savior at small forward.
Last season, the Hawks were much better defensively when Marvin Williams played small forward:
|Williams 09-10||Poss||Pts||Def Eff|
|Williams at 3||4113||4191||101.9|
|anyone else at 3||3319||3764||113.4|
The difference is far smaller so far this season:
|Williams 10-11||Poss||Pts||Def Eff|
|Williams at 3||389||418||107.5|
|anyone else at 3||623||672||107.9|
One possible explanation is that Larry Drew is only using Marvin Williams at the 3. Last season, Williams played 11.66% of his defensive possessions at other positions and the Hawks allowed almost 8 more points per 100 possession with Williams on the court but not playing the 3. So far this season, Williams has played just 16 defensive possessions (3.95%) at other positions and the Hawks are allowing 11.3 more points per 100 possession with Williams on the court but not playing the 3.
3) Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia play well together even if they play together rarely.
|Pachulia & Horford||Off Eff||Poss||Def Eff||Poss||+/-|
A second post, covering different players and combinations will appear later in the week.