It’s often difficult to properly evaluate preseason play given all the extraneous factors (new players, deeper rotations, starters playing fewer minutes) in play. While we’ve reached a point where traditional statistics should be taken with a grain of salt, during the preseason per-game averages should be taken with the entire shaker.
Nevertheless, I thought it would be interesting to evaluate the efficiency and per-minute production of Utah’s preseason regulars. 11 Jazz players have played at least 50-minutes through 5 games, and here are their basic shooting percentages (FG, FT & 3pt) as well as true-shooting percentages (TS%), effective field goal percentage (3FG%) and +/- totals.
Additionally, I thought it would be interesting to see how the numbers would look extrapolated out to a per-36 minute basis. While Per-36 tends to loose significance with bench players receiving minimal playing time, it’s interesting to see how players playing in the mid-20’s are producing when on the court. For example, even though Gordon Hayward is averaging 28 minutes in the preseason, he’s scoring at a 18-19-ppg clip were he to average playing time in the mid-30’s. You can also see Kanter is scoring at an impressive clip, Favors is rebounding at an incredible rate, and Andris Biedrins is fouling people at a near-Fesenko level.
Per 36 Minutes
I don’t expect these numbers to translate directly to the regular season when (hopefully) Hayward, Favors, Kanter and Burks will all be playing 33-36 minutes per game, but it does show that they’re poised to put up some significant production based off ability and opportunity. The key will be if they can improve their efficiency while doing so.