In another post, MulliGrizz brought up a point that Chris Vernon has been making - this Grizzlies team is 12-1 in games where Ed Davis has played 17 or more minutes. That's a pretty interesting stat. That and a question from Kevin prompted me to take a closer look at the stats for the 13 games in which Ed has played 17+. Here's what I found:
As a team, here are some key stats, their ranking if the Ed 13 stats were for a full season, and how they compare to our current season stats:
|Season||Season Rank||Ed 13||Ed 13 Rank||Change|
|Field Goal %||44.4%||20th||48.6%||2nd||+4.2%|
|Rebound Margin||+3.6||tied 2nd||+6.2||1st||+2.6|
|Points Per Game||93.5||26th||98.5||13th||+5.0|
|Point Differential||+4.0||tied 6th||+9.5||1st||+5.5|
|Blocks Per Game||5.3||tied 11th||6.5||tied 3rd||+1.2|
-Steals, field goal attempts and free throw attempts remained almost exactly the same.
So to look at Ed, I thought it made the most sense to look at his per-48 stats for these games where he gets 17+ vs. overall this season, for sort of an apples-to-apples look:
|Per 48 minute averages|
|Points||Rebounds||Assists||Steals||Blocks||Field Goal %||Free Throw %||FGM||FGA||FTM||FTA|
So, his per-minute averages are similar in many ways – but in those games, he has shot 3.7% better, and is rebounding and blocking shots at a significantly better rate. This mirrors the efficiency the team as whole plays with in those games.
-The block rate in those 13 games would place him 6th in the league per-48.
-The rebound rate would be 7th in the league, 2 spots ahead of Kenneth Faried and 3 spots ahead of our very own Z-Bo.
As to whose minutes he's been taking, Z-Bo missed 4 of those games and DA missed 7, including 3 where both were out. In the games where he did play, DA played 16.8 minutes, just over his season average of 16.4 minutes. Z-Bo played an average of 28.8 minutes, down from a season average of 34.3. So it appears that when someone’s minutes decrease, it’s generally Z-Bo.
Moral of the story? Get Ed those minutes!
(if you've already seen my other post, much of the information is the same, just better formatting)