The Distribution of Assists on the Milwaukee Bucks

Below is a chart showing the distribution of the Milwaukee assisted baskets, arranged into columns by the scorers of those baskets.

The Tableau database allows for selected subranges, so feel free to look at just wins or at a particular slate of games. To see the games since the J.J. Redick trade, adjust the slider so that it starts at game 54. It’s easier to read with some of the non-rotation players eliminated, so you can take those out too.

Each bar also shows the mean average distance of the shots scored by that player on baskets assisted by each passer.


There are a few noticeable trends. Among them:

  • The average distance when Monta Ellis assists on a Larry Sanders shot is 2.38 feet. On passes from Jennings, the average distance is 5.20. The difference is even more stark when you consider the trends since the Redick trade, which is about the same time Sanders seemed to get free rein on taking 17 footers.
  • Since the 54th game, the average distance for a Sanders’ basket assisted by Monta is 2.00 feet. On a Jennings assist, that distance balloons to 9.29 feet. That’s a huge difference. There is a big difference between dumping the ball of to a predictably open Sanders so that he can make one of every three jump shots he attempts compared to driving the lane, attracting the help defense, and dumping it off to Sanders for a dunk.
  • John Henson has 25 assists from Ellis, but only 9 from Jennings.
  • Mike Dunleavy and Beno Udrih had terrific chemistry, but that obviously ended with the trade. Since then, Redick and Dunleavy have hooked up for a fair rate of assists.
  • Jennings finds Ellis for assists more than Ellis does Jennings, which probably isn’t surprising since for the most part Ellis doesn’t run the point when Jennings is in the game. Ersan Ilyasova has more assisted baskets than any other Buck, and he gets more of his assists from Jennings than anyone else. He’s also Jennings’ number one target for assists.

The data can also be grouped by passer. Here is the total number of assists for each passer, broken up by the recipients of the assists.

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