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Fouls and Free Throws

Did you know the Warriors outscored their opponents from the field last year, by 112 points? That's not obvious
if you look at just the total numbers - they show us outscored on the season by 225 points. Which means we gave up 337 more made free throws than we got - a huge number, just over 5 per game. What follows is a bit oversimplified, but does indicate the nature of the issue, and why it's important.

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This chart shows the players, minutes, roughly position, freethrows made, personal fouls committed, and free throw differential. The differential was calculated by multiplying the number of fouls committed by a player by the average point value of a foul we committed - .913 - and subtracting the number of free throws made by player.

Let's start with the worst. Biedrins committed 125 fouls and made... 1 free throw. In excessive FT alone, he cost us 113 points. In 739 minutes, or about 1/4 of the center position's time. That's about the time a primary backup would play. So his number represents approximately 50% of our negative point differential.

With the exception of David Lee, the other "bigs" as a group were negative by 312 points, so it's not just Mr Badwrench. You can still have a positive impact with a bad number here - if you're Udoh. Don't count on a player actually contributing unless their ratio is better than .500, though.

Interestingly, our best ratio was Monta, followed by Lee. This tends to indicate that where we didn't get the calls was at center - and that's because our centers were very bad.

This is why we need low-foul-rate backups who can rebound and convert at the line. Tyler and Biedrins combined gave up 161 excess points in their limited minutes. No matter how good our starters are, without at least adequate backup we're playing down between two and three points per game before it even starts.

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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