Posted by: Steven on January 9th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The 3 highest scoring Jazz player are Jefferson (16.7pts a game), Millsap (14.6 pts a game) and Hayward(13.7pts a game). But who is the most efficient?
Jefferson makes 247 of his 526 attempts thus scoring 496 pts on those attempts, (2 3 pointers on the season). But for a big guy he has a very efficient stroke at the line. He has made 90 of his 105 attempts from the free throw line, thus bring him up to 586 points on the season.
Millsap shoots far less than Jefferson, but plays less minutes in his favoured position in the rotation when he has a man named Favors to accommodate. Whereas Jefferson will stay on the floor for a couple extra minutes, Millsap will make way for Favors or move to another position to accommodate a 3 big rotation. By contrast Millsap has only had 403 attempts and has only made the basket on 192 of those attempts. However a few extra of those than Jefferson’s have been 3 pointers therefore those 403 attempts tally up as 396 points. Millsap isn’t quite as efficient a free throw shooter as Jefferson. Jefferson’s free throw rate is at the 85% level, Millsap’s this season is only at 71% per cent level, all the same Millsap has gone to the line 179 times already this season and scored on 128 of those times. Millsap therefore has scored 524 points on the season so far.
Hayward get less minutes on the floor than both Al and Paul. Al gets 32.6 minutes per game. Paul 30.3, and Hayward just 26.5 minutes per game on the season. However when you consider he has 6 minutes less on the floor than big Al he compares fairly well on the points scored. So far he has shot 374 attempts making just 161 of those attempts. His efficiency is quite a bit down on Millsap and Jefferson. Millsap has an efficiency rating of 47.6%, which is quite a bit down on his almost 52% career average, but he has at times had to make way for Favors and move to a different part on the floor this has maybe messed with his shot, Jefferson 47%, whereas Hayward has an efficiency rating of 43%, again a little down on his 45.5% career average. Again like Millsap, Hayward is attempting and making a lot more 3 pointers than Jefferson. His 161 baskets equate to 366 points. Hayward is also a 83% free throw shooter and has made an additional 127 points on 152 shots at the free throw line. Bringing his point total for the season to 493 points.
Game stats will tell us that Jefferson is our key scorer at 16.7 points per game. However Jefferson might not be the most efficient scorer, thanks to his free throws he scores 60 points above his 526 shot attempts. Outside of Mo Williams he is the most efficient free throw line player we have but his inability to get free throw attempts hurts his score. Millsap in contrast only throws up 403 attempts but his score is boosted 121 points above that because of does get to the free throw more frequently. Hayward gets to the line a little less frequently than Paul but still 50 percent more than Al and his able to boost his season score 119 points above his 374 shot attempts as a result. For good free throw shooters like Al, Paul and Gordon the free throw line is the most efficient shot that they have, unfortunately Al just doesn’t get to the line enough for it to impact his score in the same way. Clever players like Kobe have made it part of their game arsenal.Al unfortunately hasn’t.
I’m not going to break down the points scored per minutes on the floor, but I will say this at 32 and half minutes on the floor, this is the best we are getting from Al. Paul if he could get his shooting percentages up to his career average could perhaps score a little more, but that would mean either mean less time for Favors on the floor or less experimenting with 3 bigs on the floor and thus less time at the SF position which can be beneficial against some opponents, especially if Marvin is out injured. Hayward with six minutes less than Al on the floor can surely expect more points as his career progresses. Especially if Al isn’t here to dominate time on the ball.
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