As promised, here are this year's team stats for every team in the NBA (full spreadsheet here):
And here is the sortable chart, still with the double scrolling issues (full spreadsheet here):
Here are my thoughts and observations:
- The Raps were not a good-shooting team. They were okay at shooting twos (10th in 2PT%), but the inability to take (29th in 3PT tendency) and make (30th in 3PT%) threes was very damaging. This lead to an adjusted field goal percentage that placed 21st in the league.
- Despite this, they were pretty good at jacking it up: 10th in FGA/48.
- In terms of free-throws, the team was middle of the pack in attempts, at 16th, and 17th with respect to free-throw tendency. But the team was 22nd in FT%.
- Put it all together, and the team was 21st in true shooting percentage.
- I can imagine casual fans saying: "true shooting percentage? That made up stat probably means nothing!" So which teams were tops in the league in TS%? In order: DEN, MIA, SAS, DAL, BOS, NYK, OKC, PHO, ORL, and HOU. Only two of those teams missed the playoffs - and the Rockets and Suns would've been the 6th and 8th seeds, respectively, if they were in the East.
- After a promising start to the season the Raptors finished 22nd in rebounds per 48 mins. The team was 8th in offensive rebounds per 48 minutes (and 8th in offensive rebounding percentage), so the culprit was poor defensive rebounding (27th in defensive rebounds per 48 and 25th in defensive rebounding percentage).
- Toronto placed 8th in turnovers (not a good thing) and 21st in steals.
- All told, the Raptors were 25th in net possessions (REB+STL-TO). Teams that do well in this area are generally successful. The top ten teams were: LAL, CHI, HOU, PHI, OKC, MEM, SAS, IND, DEN, and MIL. Of these teams, only the Rockets and the Bucks missed the playoffs; the Rockets I've already mentioned, and the Bucks were hampered by being the worst-shooting team in the league (and had a little bad luck).
- As far as "helpers" go, the team was 14th in assists/48 minutes, 26th in blocks/48 minutes, and 5th in fouls/48 minutes (not good).
- To top it all off, the Dinos were also the 9th most unlucky team, as measured by the difference between the number of games the team actually won and the number of games we would expect them to win (based on the team's point differential).