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Surprising & Surmising: Statistics Regarding Our Backcourt From Last Year

These numbers come from an NBA.com article, and surprisingly, as much as we liked Felton last year, and as much as most people think Billups was the best distributor we had at the end of the season, these numbers suggest that we may have a better situation moving forward than most of us think:

2010-11 Knicks backcourt combinations

Combination MIN Pace OffRtg DefRtg NetRtg +/-
Felton & Fields 1,428 99.0 110.9 108.6 +2.3 +33
Douglas & Fields 835 97.1 112.8 105.2 +7.6 +131
Felton & Douglas 672 99.5 101.2 104.6 -3.4 -49
Billups & Fields 417 99.4 105.6 109.8 -4.2 -34
Billups & Douglas 225 98.1 113.1 115.2 -2.1 +4
Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions


Soooooo essentially...
On the defensive end, the best Knicks defensive backcourt last year was Felton & Douglas, but it just barely edged out Douglas and Fields by 0.6 points allowed per 100 possessions.
The big surprise, however, is that while Billups & Douglas were the best offensive backcourt, again Douglas & Fields were close behind, trailing them only by 0.3 points scored per 100 possessions.
All things considered, the net rating of all of these backcourt combinations demonstrates that Douglas & Fields were BY FAR the best pairing, at +7.6, with Felton & Fields a distant second at +2.3.
Look, I'm not a huge statistics guy, but this is pretty intriguing. Add Chandler into the mix, and the defensive rating is bound to improve as well. Pretty exciting stuff; I just hope Bibby doesn't take too many minutes away from these guys, and that Shumpert gets after it.
Thoughts?

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