It’s always nice when the statistics validate what you’re seeing with your own eyes. As such, nothing in the below should comes as much of a surprise to anyone who’s been watching the Knicks play over the first four games, but for all the consternation over the departure of Jeremy Lin — justified or otherwise — the veteran combo of Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton have been leading the most efficient offense in the league:
Because right now, Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd in the starting backcourt are the main reason why the Knicks are playing the most efficient basketball in the league.
Here are a few key indicators:
— The team’s best lineup? Felton, Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, who have a plus-minus of +31.
— The team’s turnover percentage? The lowest in the league (12.1), after having the fourth-highest turnover percentage last season (16.6).
— The team’s ball movement? Superb. After having the most isolations in 2011-12, including ones that resulted in a pass (1,372), they’re ranked 11th this season (3.8 fewer isolations). Not only are the Knicks ranked in the top 10 for field goal percentage, but they’re also the most efficient out of any team on the block (1.28 points per post-up with a 56.7 shooting percentage). So far, the Knicks have posted up 39 times, and Anthony accounts for 30 of those (Rasheed Wallace is second with eight).
— The team’s offensive production? They’re playing at a much slower pace, but it’s a very efficient one. In fact, their offense is more efficient than the one under offensive-minded Mike D’Antoni. While they have four fewer possessions per 48 minutes this season, they’re scoring 1.8 more points per 100 possessions. Overall, if you compare D’Antoni last season to Woodson since then, Woodson’s teams have scored 107.0 points per possessions, compared to 98.8.
Or for the laymen, the Knicks’ offense has been bananas.