Yesterday’s post about Derrick Rose’s assists got me thinking about where the Bulls were shooting the ball from last season. Fortunately, 82games.com provides a Sortable NBA Team Shooting Stats page. I’ve used their data to create my own tables so that I can highlight the Bulls’ league rank and compare the team’s raw numbers to the league leaders.
82games.com stats legend
Att = Percentage of team’s shots from that range
Ast = Percentage of shot attempts that were assisted
Pts = Points per game
And1 = Opportunities, not conversions
Thoughts: The Bulls used the three-pointer efficiently…but not very often. Long distance shots weren’t a big part of the Chicago offense last season. And, unless John Salmons and Jannero Pargo co-impersonate Ben Gordon, the Bulls will probably see an all-around drop in threes this season, particularly in terms of shooting percentage. Question: When a team doesn’t spread the floor, how does that affect their ability to score at the basket?
Thoughts: The Bulls were strictly average in terms of shooting two-pointers. That’s pretty bad news considering the fact that the two-point shot was the primary component of the Chicago offense. But what do you expect from a drive-and-kick scoring system that lacks inside scoring? Unless Vinny Del Negro has expanded his playbook or management pulls the trigger on an in-season trade, these numbers aren’t likely to change much and the Bulls will remain a jump shooting team.
Thoughts: Only five teams had their inside shots blocked at a higher rate than the Bulls. Maybe that explains their (relatively) dreadful inside shooting percentage. Well, that and the fact that their bigs have trouble finishing around the basket. Of course, as I mentioned, the Bulls didn’t shoot many threes, which meant that opposing teams could clog the paint and focus on protecting the rim. At any rate, the Bulls desperately need to improve in this area if they want to improve as a team. Good thing Tyrus has been practicing the 15-17 foot jumper…
Thoughts: More middle-of-the-pack numbers…except for And1s. I never would have guessed the Bulls were almost in the top ten in that area. And here’s a bad omen for you: Ben Gordon led the team with 38 of those And1s. Derrick Rose was second with 35. Tyrus and Joakim had 22 each.