Numbers Game

Editor’s Note- We mention “non-penetrating” passes as “positive plays.” This is because as the pass goes away from the basket, the Knicks defense defend can reset and the on ball screen is essentially neutralized.

Through the first 5 games we’ve been tracking Knicks guards getting over/under on ball screens and the positive/negative results.

Negative plays are shots made, or penetration to the basket that result in baskets by the opponent. Conversely, the positive results would be turnovers, non-penetrating passes (passes away from the basket) and missed shots the Knicks forced defensively.

TS= Times Screened
TOS= Times player got over the screen
TUS= Times player got under the screen
SW- Player switched on screen
PP= % of positive play when over the screen
NP-un/sw= % of negative play when under the screen or switching

Chris Duhon
59 (TS) 52 (TOS) 5(TUS) 2(SW) 88%(PP) 71.4% (NP-un) 50% (NP-sw)
Jamal Crawford
40 (TS) 4 (TOS) 10(TUS) 26(SW) 100%(PP) 80% (NP-un) 76% (NP-sw)
Nate Robinson
42 (TS) 8(TOS) 26(TUS) 8(SW) 75%(PP) 88% (NP-un) 75% (NP-sw)

Confused? Okay allow me to explain. Chris Duhon has been screened 59 times on the ball this year- he has got over the screen 52 times. When he gets over, a “positive play” happened 88% of the time (46 out of 52). When he got under the screen, a negative play happend 71% of the time- (5 out of 7) and he doesn’t really switch much and is 50% (1-2).

Got it?

As you can see, when players get over on-ball screens, these 3 in particular, a positive result happens 79.6% of the time. Conversely, when players get lazy and get under screens, it gives the opposing team a tremendous advantage offensively. We’ll keep an eye out to see if the group can improve. Nate has to improve on his 21% in getting over screens and he will become a better defender. Also, Crawford can’t rely so much on switching.