To put together his amazing offensive distribution graphs for the blog Hickory High, Ian Levy manually assembled a massive amount of offensive possession data from the Synergy Sports website. Levy undertook this task for all 30 NBA teams for the 2011-12 season, and he also put out this data in table form.
What lies below is a list of every offensive shot type, per player, that the Bucks used for a minimum of 100 possessions. The columns refer to the type of shot, the number of times that variety of shot was taken, the number of points per possession scored for such shots, and the NBA average point per possession for that type of shot. The final column lists each players relative standing among NBA players who attempted 100 more of the selected shot type.
For example, it comes as no surprise that Mike Dunleavy made terrific use of his spot up opportunities in 2011-12. Of the 177 NBA players who attempted 100 or more spot-up jumpers, Dunleavy had the third-best points per possession at 1.29. (Only the Knicks’ Steve Novak (1.51) and the Bulls’ Kyle Korver (1.34) performed better.) Not a one-trick pony, Dunleavy was second in the NBA coming off screens, too.
|Player||Shot||No. of Occurences||Points per Poss.||NBA Avg. PPP||Rank|
|Ersan Ilyasova||Cut||110||1.32||1.18||12th of 50|
|Mike Dunleavy||Spot Up||158||1.29||0.94||3rd of 177|
|Ersan Ilyasova||Spot Up||153||1.13||0.94||19th of 177|
|Carlos Delfino||Spot Up||185||1.04||0.94||56th of 177|
|Mike Dunleavy||Off Screen||155||1.04||0.87||2nd of 26|
|Brandon Jennings||Spot Up||237||1.01||0.94||71st of 177|
|Drew Gooden||PnR Screener||216||1.01||0.97||17th of 40|
|Drew Gooden||Spot Up||186||0.90||0.94||124th of 177|
|Ersan Ilyasova||PnR Screener||162||0.88||0.97||32nd of 40|
|Brandon Jennings||PnR Ball Handler||374||0.85||0.78||30th of 86|
|Monta Ellis||PnR Ball Handler||153||0.78||0.78||56th of 86|
|Brandon Jennings||Isolation||179||0.78||0.78||45th of 68|
|Drew Gooden||Post Up||113||0.57||0.82||60th of 63|
Ersan Ilyasova finished the season above-average on spot ups and cuts, but below average as a pick-and-roll screener. Drew Gooden picked up the Bucks in this department. All season long, Gooden nailed 20-footers off the “pop” in the pick-and-pop offense.
Brandon Jennings came in slightly above average on spot ups and as a pick-and-roll ballhandler. In isolation, he scored exactly at the average of 0.78 points per possession.
The one obvious problem spot is in the low post, and that problem is twofold. First, the only player with over 100 attempts in the low post was Drew Gooden. Second, Gooden was pretty awful with his back to the basket, averaging a paltry 0.57 points per possession.
You can argue that in the Bucks’ motion offense, the lack of a low-post presence doesn’t constitute a real problem, but are there not some times when an interior scorer would reap benefits? It would help with drawing other teams into foul trouble for sure. And if the threat was actually potent enough to draw a double-team, the Bucks — as shown above — clearly have the outside shooting to punish opponents.