Hey guys. Sorry, this edition is a few days late and a little short. Why? Maybe I got stuck in a funk, watching Rosanne reruns nonstop and eating ice cream straight from the tub. Maybe I got abducted by aliens and had a probe stuck somewhere uncomfortable. Maybe not. Still asking why? That’s none of your damn business, and I’ll thank you to stay out of my personal affairs.
I did manage to grab Rookie data two weeks after I last grabbed the data, so we’re still working on steady two week intervals with that. In case you care. You might not.
Enough dilly dallying. On with the show, guys.
2012 Draft Class Watch
If there was one thing I wanted to do with IGCN this season, it’s to keep up with the rookies at a steady interval. So here I am, doing that. Unfortunately, this draft class data is all that’s in this week’s IGCN.
The data, as mentioned above, was taken Tuesday night — two weeks after last installment’s data …and that was two weeks after the installment before that’s data was taken, etc etc…. I plan on doing something more in depth tracking those numbers from week to week at the All Star break, so keep an eye out for that if it tickles your pickle. Anyways, stats time..
I just accidently typed “Anthongy Davis” but luckily caught myself shortly thereafter. Heh. Oops.
Davis shot almost 60% on field goals in January (.591), so that’s cool, but he also had his minutes drop down to 24.8. His per 36 minute numbers through 2/8/2013 show that he is averaging 6.3 PPG, 9.4 RPG, and 2.3 BPG if we consider his numbers staying consistent through playing 36 minutes per game on average. Oh, and only 3.0 PF per 36 to boot. Nice little rookie campaign he’s throwing together. But you’d expect that from the number one overall pick.
Luckily, MKG’s nasty looking head injury was “just” a concussion and nothing more serious (I know, concussions are serious, but with him dropping out cold after impact it’s kind of a best case scenario). As far as stats go, he’s not had a real stellar go of it lately. He has not scored in double digits since January 14th (though he hasn’t taken double digit shot attempts in a game since then either to be fair) and has seen his minutes dwindle a bit — down to 25.1 in January from 28 in December and 27.3 in November. He also only shot .392 FG% in January.
Beal took sometime off to help his wrist injury heal, so there’s not a large amount of stat data for him the last couple weeks. He returned on the 8th (stats not included in the chart above) to go 1 of five for the field for three points in a blow out win (!!) against the Nets.
Dion is shooting .477 so far in February. His shot selection continues to improve and he’s up to 48% around the rim for the season (he was below 40% for a bit of time earlier this season and, kinda rightfully, caused a bit of bitching in the Cavsfanosphere ). Waiters also shot for over .400 for the first month this season, shooting .412 for the month of January (no, October’s one game doesn’t count as a month). He has also seen a loss of about four or five minutes of playing time in January and February (32.1 in Nov, 31.5 in Dec, 27.5 in Jan, 26.2 so far in February before games on 2/9). If a little less playing time means a more efficient Dion Waiters, Cavs fans aren’t gonna hate on that….or at least the rational ones won’t.
Robinson had a nice stretch at the end of January, going for two double doubles in a three game span (12 and 14, 10 and 10). In those two games, he played 26 minutes and 23 minutes. When he’s been given the minutes (basically 20+), he’s done well for the Kings. In games where he’s played 20-29 minutes, of which there have been fourteen, he has shot .465 (vs. .443 for the season) and averaged 8.3 pts/6.7 rpg. Problem is, he’s not really getting consistent minutes. He has 32 games this season where he’s played under 20 minutes, and just one game where he’s gotten 30+.
This draft class’ rookie of the year continues to be pretty much nothing short of awesome. He is averaging 21.4 points in February on .471 shooting in five games, and .393 on threes, .933 on free throws (these stats were taken after games on 8th, which are not included in the chart above). Lillard gives a big fat middle finger to the rookie wall…to this point at least.
Barnes had a stellar game in a blowout win over the Suns on the 2nd, going 9 of 11 from the field for 21 points to go along with 8 rebounds in 32 minutes of play. He had another nice scoring game in another blowout, this time on the losing end of things against the Thunder, going for 19 points on 9 shots (with no assists or rebounds and one steal) in 29 minutes. Overall, he’s continued to be a solid contributor on an exciting Warriors team. I’ve grown to be a big fan of Barnes on this GSW team, especially alongside the other young’n Klay Thompson.
Mr. Ross continues to be an interesting prospect for Toronto, he just doesn’t get consistent playing time [yet]. His shooting percentage is pretty low still, but I won’t fault him for that due to said playing time sitch. I’m pretty sure the Rudy Gay trade has not helped him out much in that regard. Since Gay’s arrival, Ross has averaged 13 minutes per game in four games. On the season, he’s averaging 17.5 MPG. Not a huge difference, but a difference nonetheless.
He’s got a stress fracture in his back and will be out for at least a month. I don’t want to talk about it. *wipes away a tear*
Drummond takes injury absence having a very, very shiny PER of 22.5 and per 36 minutes numbers of 13.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and just 1.5 turnovers.
Austin ended up shooting a FG% of .284 for the month of January — .158 on threes and .391 on free throws. Send this kid down to the DLeague already, get him some burn where he can try and figure something out. On the positive side, he’s shooting better at .421 in four games in February, so that’s nice….I’m trying not to be an asshole when it comes to talking about this guy but he’s making it hard, dammit.
That’s all for now, folks. Keep on keepin’ on.