By the numbers: How Michigan revamped its ball screen offense


#1

#2

That’s what seems so crazy about Zavier and the offense. Piggybacking off that and the article, Michigan hasn’t lost a game the last two years when Zavier get 6+ assists in a game.

Admittedly, that’s a big number to go off of, but he’s averaging 6.1 this year. The only times he hit 5 with a loss last year were both Purdue games (big team offensive performances) and @Northwestern. I’d say @Northwestern is the only anomaly where he racked up some assists and the offense was bad. Every other loss was 2 or less assists.


#3

Yep, just added this line because I forgot to look it up before:

According to Hoop lens, Michigan’s offense scores 1.15 points per possession with Simpson on the floor compared to just .86 points per possession with him on the bench.


#4

It sucks that our hoops lens numbers are so useless because the freshman lineup has like 25 minutes worth of .2 PPP play, lol.


#5

Salivating thinking about a 2019 team if Iggy and JP stick around - Iggy distributing out of the ball screen in addition to his scoring and JP making those “flashes” more consistent. With a Sr Jon Teske, that is a tough team to beat…


#6

This is an issue without a doubt. When you play 7 guys… the Hoop Lens stats become a bit flawed.


#7

I think Jordan Poole as do-it-all ball screen playmaker as a junior is the thing you salivate over. That could be a very dangerous player.

Iggy is a scorer first, second and third for me right now. Not sure that you even need him to grow into a primary PNR option.


#8

@umhoops This was a fantastic breakdown. Some of your best work yet, in my opinion. Kind of surprised me how proficient X was out of the ball screen. I know he has been great passing the ball, but he is arguably the most efficient ball screen player in the conference, given his usage.


#9

Pet peeve. Importance of PNR cannot be overstated, not “understated.”


#10

Oh, and @umhoops two more things: is the first clip in the X video really a ball screen? I know you probably pulled that from Synergy, but it looks more like a slip or a back cut from Teske.
Also, who is the Big Ten player with the most efficient ball screen PPP, who is unlabeled (using about 3 per game currently)?


#11

Not really sure what I am looking at with the chart at the end. I can make some educated assumptions about some of the lines but a legend would be helpful.


#12

Yeah that one is a bit weird. It was in the clips I grabbed though and still kind of starts as a double ball screen up top.

The uber efficient dot with medium usage is Vic Law.


#13

I agree that a legend would be useful. I think it goes like this:

  • Green dots are individual game offensive efficiency numbers
  • Curvy yellow line is rolling average offensive efficiency for the year
  • Dotted black line is rolling average over the past 5 games (I think)
  • Straight yellow line is the linear trend line (which I find kind of useless)
  • Dotted red line is probably D1 average

#14

After looking at the Torvik site, I think my previous post is correct, although there’s still no actual legend. Apparently bigger dots are tougher games, squares are conference games, and green means a win (we just don’t have any losses yet)


#15

This is what happens when I borrow a chart instead of making it myself. And don’t do a good job of screen shotting it either. Will try to make that more clear in the future.


#16

Great analysis as usual for my favorite Z alias X.


#17

Do you think Z can shoot some twos to establish more a threat to score and make his man come out to guard?