Sunday, January 09, 2011

Pape Sy, D-League To Be Showcased on NBA TV This Week

The D-League Showcase begins tomorrow in South Padre Island, Texas. NBA TV will broadcast 10 games live, including both games featuring the Utah Flash and Atlanta's assignee, Pape Sy.

Sy and the Flash will face the Iowa Energy at 2:45 pm (ET) on Monday, January 10th and the Springfield Armor at 2:45pm (ET) on Tuesday, January 11th.

Sy has made four appearances for the Flash, playing just under 100 minutes. His numbers suggest plenty of activity but limited skills. Considering that much of Sy's potential value is tied up his defending, it will be useful to get an extended look at him on the court.

I don't know of anyone tracking on/off stats per possession for the D-League, but Utah's been outscored by 19 points over 975 since Sy joined the team and are -17 during the 97 minutes he's been on the court. Assuming Utah haven't played much faster or slower with Sy on the court and that he's played an equal number of offensive and defensive possessions, Utah's roughly -8.5 points per 100 possessions with Sy on the court and -1 per 100 possessions with him off the court over the past four games.

NameMPGPts/362PTFG%3PTFG%eFG%FT RateTS%
Pape Sy24.39.321.111.119.65034.4

NameMPGA/36TO/36BS/36S/36OR%DR%PF/36
Pape Sy24.34.15.200.78.710.45.6

It's far too early to attempt to translate Sy's D-League production to NBA terms but, for those interested in how production typically translates from the D-League to the NBA, please consult Kevin Pelton's D-League translations.

7 comments:

Aaron said...

Yuck on the foul rate and it's NBA projection.

Bronn said...

I heard commentators trying to give Rick Sund credit for "looking outside the box," with his second round selection of Pape Sy. Considering that Sy paid his own to attend tryouts in front of the team, I'm wondering if we should just call Sund lazy. Not to mention, cheap in very pithy ways while spending outlandishly in others.

Bret LaGree said...

Bronn --

I think it's an open question how much control over any decisions Sund actually has. I also don't how I'd go about proving it but I feel that, as improbable as success is, the time and money spent on Sy is a better investment than a 2-year deal for Randolph Morris or two-and-a-half seasons of Mario West, end of quarter single possession defensive specialist.

If Sy has an ability it will be late blooming both because of his age and his lack of experience. These four D-League games account for about 17% of the professional minutes he's played in his career.

I don't know whether to hold out hope or be horrified by that.

Karibo said...

Comon...Lets be fair to the guy and the Hawks Organization. The guy has been out since before the start of preseason. He had back problems so in all likelihood, he would have been had limited access to practice.So what i am hearing here is that after 4 months off the court, he is suppose to come in and light it up???? Please a more accurate analysis indicating his time off would have been better.

Bret LaGree said...

Karibo --

I think you hear whatever you want to hear. Please point out the inaccuracies in the post so I can correct them.

Karibo said...

" His numbers suggest plenty of activity but limited skills. " "I don't know of anyone tracking on/off stats per possession for the D-League, but Utah's been outscored by 19 points over 975 since Sy joined the team and are -17 during the 97 minutes he's been on the court. Assuming Utah haven't played much faster or slower with Sy on the court and that he's played an equal number of offensive and defensive possessions, Utah's roughly -8.5 points per 100 possessions with Sy on the court and -1 per 100 possessions with him off the court over the past four games."

What I can deduce from the above is that Sy has played horribly so far which is true.However, all I am saying is that adding a comment to the fact that Sy hasnt played B ball in 4 months due to back injury would have put more perspective to the comments above. In reality, I would expect any player to play horribly in the first few weeks back from a long term injury without practice.

Bret LaGree said...

Karibo --

I don't feel that shooting less than 20% from the floor, committing more turnovers than assists earned, and fouling a lot are indicative of a demonstration of basketball skills. We'll just have to agree to disagree on that. As we will on your assumption of an agenda inherent in my use of the factual record and the necessity of re-hashing Sy's inexperience every time he's discussed.