Restart Guide: San Antonio Spurs

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Welcome to the restart guide for the San Antonio Spurs. Use this guide to take a quick glance of how the team was performing on offense and defense before the season was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Players not available for the restart: LaMarcus Aldridge, Trey Lyles

Players added for the restart: Tyler Zeller

OFFENSE

Offense: 11th | 111.3 pp/100

Offensive Rebound %: 30th | 22.8%

Turnover %: 1st | 12.1%

Fast Break Points: 14th | 13.6 PPG

Shooting on Offense

I’m a big fan of the points per shot (PPS) computation. The goal is to always get 1 or more points per shot attempt. For example, 1.07 PPS means a team or player is getting good value for that shot. On the other hand, 0.84 PPS means that’s not a good shot for that team or player to be taking.¬†

3-Point Distance

32% of team shots from three: 1.11 PPS as a team

For more information on what the % of team shots and PPS means, see the full database here.

Top 5 3-Point Shot Takers (FGA)

Any player who doesn’t have a PPS near their name shoots below 33.3% from three, meaning they struggle from there from a PPS perspective.

  1. Patty Mills 389 (1.14 PPS)
  2. Bryn Forbes 381 (1.16 PPS)
  3. Rudy Gay 185
  4. Derrick White 160 (1.07 PPS)
  5. Marco Belinelli 155 (1.10 PPS)

The Restricted Area

26% of team shots from the Restricted Area: 1.29 PPS as a team

Top 5 Restricted Area Shot Takers (FGA)

Any player who shoots below 50% from the restricted area, their PPS is provided.

  1. DeMar DeRozan 287
  2. Dejounte Murray 185
  3. Jakob Poeltl 150
  4. White 147
  5. Lonnie Walker IV 99

The Free Throw Line

Free Throw Rate as a team: 19th | 25.4%

Top 5 Free Throw Line Visitors (FTA)

Any player who shoots below 50% from the free throw line, their PPS is provided.

  1. DeRozan 401
  2. White 175
  3. Gay 113
  4. Mills 108
  5. Murray 94

The Mid-Range / “Non-Paint Two”

25% of team shots from the Mid-Range: 0.88 PPS as a team

Top 5 Mid-Range Shot Takers (FGA)

This is a difficult shot to take, so most players shoot below 50% from here. Those players who shoot above 50%, I’ve highlighted with their PPS.

  1. DeRozan 331
  2. Murray 149
  3. Gay 129
  4. Forbes 98
  5. Mills 85

The Non-Restricted Area / ‘Floater Range’

18% of team shots from the Non-Restricted Area: 0.87 PPS as a team

Top 5 Non-Restricted Area Shot Takers (FGA)

This is a difficult shot to take, so most players shoot below 50% from here. Those players who shoot above 50%, I’ve highlighted with their PPS.

  1. DeRozan 308
  2. Murray 114
  3. White 97
  4. Gay 93
  5. Poeltl 61

DEFENSE

Defense: 24th | 112.8 pp/100

Opponent Free Throw Rate: 12th | 25.2%

Opponent Offensive Rebound %: 4th | 24.9%

Opponent Fast Break Points: 15th | 13.2 PPG

Where do opponents shoot from against the defense?

39% of shots from three: 1.13 PPS

31% of shots in Restricted Area: 1.29 PPS

16% of shots in Non-Restricted Area: 0.78 PPS

14% of shots in Mid-Range: 0.84 PPS

All statistics come from NBA.com/stats. For players who will not participate in the restart, their stats have been removed from the Top-5 areas.

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