So this is a little preview of what's to come, since I promise to write some stuff on SportVU. Tkow wrote an amazing piece detailing Melo's passing, but it seems like the Knicks offense this year is totally out of funk.
According to Basketball Reference the Knicks this year are generating 103.8 points per 100 possession ranking them 19th in the league, while last year they were generating 111.1 points per 100 possessions ranking them 3rd in the league. So what is going wrong? Well its seems like a combination of things. This is some cursory glances just to show where the Knicks are doing things right, and wrong (from my twitter feed because I'm at work and its just quicker to embed them and I can write the full post later this week as I put the pieces together).
This post won't go super in depth about it, but basically the Knicks are not driving to the basket, and they are not shooting very well when they do that. Certain players are taking way more pull of shots, and shooting awfully at them, while generally we should be looking to catch and shoot. Also Melo isn't hitting his catch and shoot shots which is really weird. Basically there's a lot going on showing everything is out of whack right now. So here are some highlights for things to come:
Opponents are only shooting 41.9% at the rim against Bargnani. Woah.— ABauer_ATR (@ABauer_ATR) December 10, 2013
So I'm looking into reasons why the Knicks offense is stagnating and we just do not drive a lot.— ABauer_ATR (@ABauer_ATR) December 10, 2013
Going big certainly does not help that at all.— ABauer_ATR (@ABauer_ATR) December 10, 2013
Pablo Prigioni is shooting 54.5% from pull up 3 pointers, Yes let's play him less.— ABauer_ATR (@ABauer_ATR) December 10, 2013
Meanwhile JR Smith is shooting 10.5% on pull up 3 pointers. And is taking 1.5 of them a game. Yeeeeeeeeesh.— ABauer_ATR (@ABauer_ATR) December 10, 2013
Oh wow here's a surprise, Melo is very ineffective at catch and shoot 3s. Shooting 29.3% That's big.— ABauer_ATR (@ABauer_ATR) December 10, 2013
So JR, Pablo, Bargs and Hardaway JR are great at catch and shoot shots, while Shump, Melo, and Metta are not. Interesting.— ABauer_ATR (@ABauer_ATR) December 10, 2013
Another thing I found is Pablo is incredibly good at creating points through assist 18.8 points created per 48 minutes, while JR is a paltry 7.6. Maybe I was wrong about JR Smith: #STARTER