According to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, Jay Triano offered the following evaluation of the Raptors' shooting performance this season:
“Listen, we’re the seventh or eighth best shooting team in the NBA without being able to make a three-point shot. We have one game where we don’t really get it going from a variety of guys so let’s just (bleeping) relax a little bit.”Really? Seventh or eighth? Other than that comment about not being able to make threes, I don't believe you have a handle on the stats, Mr. Triano. Thanks to dougstats, I have the shooting percentages of every team in the league for games played up to 03/12/11. Here's the table:
I still have weird double-scrolling problems going on. Does anybody know how to fix that with this chart gagdet? If you do, let me know in the comments.
Anyways, let's take a look. The Raptors do turn out to be 9th in FG%...but FG% is pretty much a useless number. Why? Several things:
- it doesn't take into account the extra point awarded to three point shots
- it doesn't take into account the number of three point shots taken
- it doesn't take into account a team's free throw percentage
- it doesn't take into account the number of free throws taken
And how do the Raptors fare when we look at those other things? The Raptors are:
- 20th in FT%
- 21st in FTA/48
- 25th in FTA/FGA (free throw tendency)
- 30th in 3P%
- 29th in 3PA/FGA (3pt tendency)
- 19th in AdjFG% (takes 3pt shots into account)
- 19th in TS% (takes 3pt shots and free throws into account)
So really - when we look at all types of shooting - the Raptors are actually around 19th in the league. It appears that Jay Triano doesn't quite know what he's talking about - but at least he understands that his team can't shoot threes.
It could be worse - at least Toronto doesn't shoot as poorly as the Milwaukee Bucks.