Scouting the Erie Bayhawks

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Tip: 5:30 p.m., Reno Events Center
Streaming: YouTube

Background

Record: 2-11, last in East Division
Off. efficiency: 98.3 points per 100 possessions, 13th
Def. efficiency: 106.9, 15th
Net rating: -8.8, 16th
Pace: 102.4 possessions per game, 6th

Four factors

Effective FG pct: 48.0, 13th
Turnover pct: 16.8, 5th
Off. rebound pct: 25.6, 13th
FTA rate: .319, 8th
Opp. effective FG pct: 50.9, 13th
Opp. turnover pct: 15.5, 15th
Def. rebound rate 72.6, 8th
Opp. FTA rate: .345, 14th

The leaders

Points: Jeremy Tyler, 18.0
Rebounds: Tyler, 10.2
Assists: Mustafa Shakur, 5.5
Blocks: Terrence Jones, 1.2
Steals: Justin Brownlee, 1.4

Summary

The Erie Bayhawks opened the season on a seven-game losing streak, a span in which they were outscored by 11.6 points per 100 possessions; since then, the Bayhawks have won two of their last six games. Three teams have a lower winning percentage in this span, and the Bayhawks’ offense (dead last by a mile through seven games) has crept into the top half of the D-League.

Where they excel

The Bayhawks’ offense, with six players averaging double-figures, has emerged into a weapon rather than a liability. Their free throw rate is eighth overall, and fifth in the last month, and they make a high percentage of their shots in the restricted area and from the corners. Their mid-range attempts are a tad high, especially considering they aren’t very productive from 16-24 feet.

Where they struggle

The Bayhawks don’t defend the restricted area and the corners very well — the two most important zones in basketball, because they yield the highest expected value. Opponents have made 45.3 percent of their corner 3’s, the highest mark in the D-League, and only Rio Grande Valley allows more points in the paint (per 100 possessions). Erie is 16th in points allowed per possession, and they haven’t shown any signs of improvement.

Player to watch

Ricky Davis. The 34-year-old Davis, with 747 NBA games under his belt, is on the last legs of his professional career. He’s scored 20+ points in three of his last four games, and any NBA team can sign a D-League player to a preemptive 10-day contract. Hmmmmmm.

Stats: NBA D-League/Stats

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