New Orleans at New Jersey, February 6, 2006
Score: New Jersey 99, New Orleans 91
Please see the previous blog entry for an explanation of the above data.
Great game for the starters. Other than Robinson, however, the reserves produced terrible plus-minus ratings. Part of this was due to the "garbage time" at the end of the game, when New Orleans outscored the Nets 10-2 in the final 2:45, but it is still troubling.
As usual, let's look how the starters performed as a unit:
|Starting Five||1 (1st Quarter)||8.5||+5|
|2 (3rd Quarter)||3.5||-2|
|3 (4th Quarter)||6.5||+9|
Now, the Jacque Vaughn watch:
|Kidd and Collins||6.6||+0|
|Kidd but not Collins||3.6||-3|
|Neither Kidd nor Collins||8.1||-4|
Vaughn also played a bit with Collins and not Kidd, which is not reflected here.
For once, the Kidd-Vaughn-Collins trio seemed to work.
Let me add a new study:
|Kidd and Wright||3.5||+0|
Considering that Wright was an unbelievable minus-21 for the game, this bodes well.
Now let's return to the topic of offensive rebounds. First, here's a listing of all the offensive rebounds in this game, and the immediate result:
|NJ||1||9:15||Collins||Shooting foul (2-2)|
|NJ||2||9:34||[NJ]||Shot clock violation|
In this game, then, the 10 offensive rebounds were directly responsible for 6 points, an average of just 0.6 points per offensive foul. Overall, the Nets outscored the Hornets 4-2 in points-after-offensive-rebounds, even though the teams each pulled down five offensive rebounds.
In my last blog entry, I discovered that Jason Collins makes the Nets a better rebounding team through a measurement I called "net rebound conversion rate." I then promised to compare Jason Collins to some of the top rebounders in the league. Here we go:
|Player||Off. Rebs||Off. Reb chances||Ind. Off. %||Team Off. RCR||Def. Rebs||Def. Reb. chances||Ind. Def. %||Team Def. RCR||Team Net RCR|
The chart includes the top ten rebounders in the league and Jason Collins. Of these players, Collins has the third best net rebound conversion rate, despite having the lowest individual offensive and defensive rebounding rates. The bottom line appears to be that Collins ranks among the league's best when it comes to net rebounding skills-that is, helping his team get offensive rebounds while helping to limit the opposition's offensive rebounds. ON this list, only Magloire and Howard surpass Collins' 2.5% net RCR score. What is truly remarkable is that some of the players on the list have negative net RCRs, despite the fact that they themselves are averaging at least 10 rebounds a game. In other words, when they are on the floor, their team gives up more offensive rebounds then it gets, expressed as a percentage of opportunities. Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett: Both have negative net RCRs. There are a few players not included here that are very good offensive rebounders, such as Drew Gooden and Erick Dampier, but are not in the top ten in overall rebounding. Perhaps next time we'll compare Collins to that group to end all doubt that Jason Collins is one of the best players in the league at producing offensive rebounds for his team and limiting them for the opposition.