We're about an 1/8 of the way into the Warriors season and it seemed like a good time to check out how they're doing numbers-wise with the help of some old skool friends of mine. Let's just say these good folks learned how to count on the streets. Yup the mean streets of Sesame. This is some serious street knowledge right here.
Before we look at the numbers after the first 10 games of the season for the Warriors a few caveats:
- Stephen Jackson, the Warriors 2nd best player, missed the first 7 games of the season and the Warriors struggled mightily without him going 1-6.
- Matt Barnes has missed 3 games and is understandably distracted.
- Mickael Pietrus missed 3 games to tend to some personal matters.
- Al Harrington missed a game to tend to some personal matters.
- Big offseason free acquisitions (okay, maybe that's taking it way too far) Troy Hudson and Austin Croshere have missed a combined 13 games.
- Two of the Warriors first 10 games were against the Jazz who are their kryptonite.
- DJ Mbenga's only been with the Dubs for 2 games.
- The Warriors opened up their current East Coast swing with 2 wins.
- They're 2-1 with Stephen Jackson back.
- They handled business like they were supposed to against the Clipped in Oaktown, the Craptors in Toronto, and the Bricks in New York.
- Jazz : Warriors as Warriors : Mavs
- The Dubs actually lost a game to the Mavs at the Roaracle Arena. That hasn't happened in over 2 years.
- Minus key role players Eric Snow, Donyell Marshall, and Sideshow Bob the Cavs beat the Warriors in Oakland.
- Even though they were without Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston the Clips beat the Warriors in LA.
- Despite playing on the second night of a back to back thousands of miles away from home the Detroit Pistons came into Oakland without starters Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess and abused the Warriors.
- Boom Dizzle has yet to miss a game (he's almost guaranteed for at least 20 a season) and this team is still batting .300 which is great in baseball, but terrible in hoops.
- The Mavs, Suns, Spurs, Nuggets, Rockets, and Jazz are all virtual locks for the Western Conference playoff bracket barring something tragic. That leaves only 2 spots and most likely 1st round exits for the Hornet (9-4), Lakers (7-4), and Warriors to fight over (although the Clips could surprise us all and are off to a solid 6-4 start). The Warriors have a long way to go before they catch those 2 teams.
Some fun and not so much fun with numbers after the jump!
Fun with Numbers
- The Warriors are the 5th highest scoring team in the league right now with 106.1 ppg.
- They're 6th in the league in fewest turnovers committed with only 13.0 TO per game.
- Despite not having an All-Star last season to get preferential treatment or a beast down low that draws a ton of fouls the Warriors are 11th in the league with respect to trips to the charity stripe with 27.8. That isn't all that bad for a such a perimeter oriented team lacking a dependable, consistent scorer in the post.
- Boom Dizzle is 10th in scoring in the association with 23.4 ppg. If he continued at this rate it would be at a career best for him. He's also 5th in the league with 8.4 dimes a game. BD's tied for 10th in the league as well with 2 steals a game.
- In the 3 games since he's been back Captain Jack is showcasing his great all-around game with 18.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 bpg, and 1.7 spg (admittedly a small sample size though).
- Al Harrington is dropping 17.7 ppg and had a 5 game stretch where he averaged 24.8 points and 7.8 rodmans. Overall he's been shooting the ball extremely well (50.4% FG and 35.9% 3pt).
- Kelenna Azubuike is dropping a solid 15 ppg and 5 rpg. His 40% from downtown is nice to see as well.
- Monta Ellis currently boasts a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio with 3.0 dimes a gain to 1.5 turnovers. 1.4 picked pockets a game ain't bad either.
- Andris Biedrins is leading the league with his gaudy 60.8% field goal rate (min 3.7 field goals made per game). He's also cracked the NBA's top 20 in boards with 9.7 a game and is 12th in the league with 3.3 offensive rebounds per outing. His free throw shooting stroke is vastly improved and is getting him a 65.6% of his attempts compared to 52.1% last season.
- Mickael Pietrus is just shooting the lights out this season with 56.5% from the field and 37.0% from downtown. In only 24.5 minutes a night he's been giving the Warriors 4 boards a game, 1.3 steals, and 0.6 blocks.
- When Matt Barnes has gotten the minutes he's been passing extremely well and his 3.4 apg to 1.3 turnovers are very impressive for a forward. His 0.9 blocks for a little over 23 minutes of play are solid. Last year he pulled down 4.6 rpg, but his 3.8 rpg for nearly the same minutes of play are nothing to be ashamed of.
- In the 5 games he's played Austin Croshere has hit 50% of his shots. There's nothing more you can really ask of him.
- Brandan Wright has barely played, so it's tough to really say much about his game so far. Still he's doing everything he's supposed to do out there when he gets in and is cleaning up the glass, which is nice because he was dismissed as an underachieving rebounder out of college. It's good to see that he understands rebounding will help get him minutes under Nellie his rookie season.
My boy Ernie's feeling all those numbers...
but Count wisely points to these digits...
Not So Fun Numbers
- They are the 4th worst rebounding team in the league with 40.1 rpg and the 3rd worst defensive rebounding team with 28.4.
- The Warriors have shot free throws at the 3rd worst rate in the league at 68.0%.
- Although they lead the league in 3pt attempts with 26.5 a game, they're the 8th worst in terms of hit rate with 32.5%. The funny thing is the league leader in 3pt % right now is the Toronto Raptors at 43.7% who couldn't buy a bucket against the Warriors this past Sunday even when they were wide open on the perimeter.
- The Warriors give up the most points in the league with a whopping 110.1 a game at the league's highest rate 47.8%. No wonder random players on other teams always seem to have career nights against the Dubs.
- They're giving up the most assists to opposing teams in the league (26.0).
- Other teams are dominating the glass with the Warriors giving up the most rebounds in the league to the opposition with 48.1 a game (worst defensive rebounds as well with 35.6).
- The Warriors are letting other teams get to the free throw line 28.2 times a game which is the 7th worst in the league.
- Other teams love stroking it from outside against the Warriors and are hitting 38.4% of their 3pt tries which is 6th worst in the league- or 6th best if you're the other team.
- BD is playing over 39 minutes a game which is a tribute to how good of shape he's in this season, but for a guy who misses so many games annually and is relied on to do so much this season that can't be good. Maybe it's fatigue, but he's taking 6 3's a game and only making 27.9% of them.
- Stephen Jackson is shooting 37.2% from the field and 22.2% from downtown (3 games though).
- For the season Al is averaging only 6.3 boards a game and more fouls (3.7) than assists (1.8), steals (0.8), and blocks (0.2) combined. To his credit he's been playing solid D for most of the 10 games.
- Kaz has been getting plenty of playing time with nearly 35 minutes a game, but averages more turnovers (1.6) than assists (1.5). One and a half assists from your starting shooting guard just isn't going to cut it in this league.
- Ellis to the Rim is only putting up 13.2 ppg ( 42.1% overall, 20.0% from the 3pt line, and 64.7% from the charity stripe). By comparison in his MIP campaign last season he put up 16.5 ppg at a much higher 47.5% FG rate, 27.3% 3pt, and 76.3% from the free throw line.
- Andris Biedrins is 13th in the league with 3.7 fouls per game. He hasn't cracked the league's top 20 in shot blocks which is disturbing for a player who has been billed as an up and coming top 10 center in this league.
- MP2 has only been a 60.9% shooter from the free throw line this season. He's averaging more turnovers (1.1) than assists (0.7). If he played the full game at the rate he's fouling he's a sure to thing to foul out (3.3 for 24:26 minutes), although it's tough to blame him much for that when Nellie has him playing much bigger and taller power forwards.
- Barnes has only hit 39% of his shots overall and is also fouling at foul-out levels (3.1 for 23:23 minutes of play). Again, it's tough to blame Pietrus and Barnes for those fouls when they're hanging in tough against players 99% of coaches would never have them guarding. I can't really blame Nellie though with this very limited and way too young roster.
- Marco Belinelli's rookie season couldn't have gotten off to a worse start. I don't think there's anything really positive you can take from it. In the 10 minutes a game Nellie has been giving him, Belinelli hasn't been hitting his shots (23.5% overall), hasn't rebounded (0.7), hasn't passed (0.4), and hasn't created any turnovers (1 steal and 0 blocks on the season). There's plenty of time for him to improve, but as of right now he's been this season's biggest disappointment. Unless things drastically change for Marco this season, it's laughable that some people claimed he'd an adequate replacement for Jason Richardson this past offseason.
- Thanks to improved body language Patrick O'Bryants seems like a completely different player this season, especially in that win against the Clippers where he put up 10 points, 4 boards, a swat, and a pick in only 12 minutes. The problem is he averaged a foul every two minutes and fouled out in his career night. Putting aside that game which looks like an outlier right now, his production so far this season nearly mirrors that of his NBDL rookie season. 1.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 topg, 0.4 bpg, 0.2 spg. The good news is he has yet to miss a three point shot in his short NBA career.
- The worst number: 3 wins and 7 losses
Recapping the First 10 Games of the 2006-2007 Season
- Oct 30 vs UTA L 96 - 117
- Nov 2 @ LAC L 114 - 120
- Nov 3 @ UTA L 110 - 133
- Nov 6 vs CLE L 104 - 108
- Nov 8 vs DAL L 115 - 120
- Nov 14 vs DET L 104 - 111
- Nov 16 vs LAC W 122 - 105
- Nov 18 @ TOR W 106 - 100
- Nov 20 @ NYK W 108 - 82
- Nov 21 @ BOS L 82 - 105
Given the excuses, positives, and realities are these numbers an accurate reflection of your 2007-2008 Golden State Warriors?
To tell you the truth my friends and I are a little worried.