Fridays with Ben (Fun With Stats)

I was just skimming through some players’ stats last night looking for Salmons’ numbers for a short post I did on him over at NQTC, and I stumbled on something I hadn’t really messed around with for a while: splits.  After staring at a number of the Bulls’ splits, I realized there was some good information there (and by good I mean basically useless due to small sample size, but funny and interesting).  So without further ado, here are some random stats that you never knew:

Ben Gordon: Did you know Ben Gordon likes to pass the ball significantly more on Fridays than Saturdays? I don’t mean just a little bit, I mean to the tune of 4.4 assists per game on Fridays as opposed to 2.9 on Saturdays.  If you toss the ball to BG on a Saturday, don’t expect that ball to come back.

Kirk Hinrich: Kirk shoots 53% from 3-point land on the second night of back-to-backs.  He has played in 10 games like that this year, so it’s not that small a sample size either.  I guess when Kirk’s legs are a bit tired, those shots that usually clang off the back of the rim come up a bit short and go in the hoop.

Derrick Rose: For some reason Rose cannot figure the Wizards out.  He is averaging well below his season averages against the Wiz.  In 3 games, he is averaging just 11 points and 1 rebound on 38% shooting.  Ouch.  And they suck, so I wonder what that’s about.

John Salmons: When he starts at guard this season, he shoots 54% from behind the 3-point line.  That would be good enough to lead the league in 3 point shooting.  When he starts at forward, however, he only shoots 38% from behind the arc.  At least he grabs 1 more rebound a game when he starts at forward.

Tyrus Thomas: TT is a better free throw shooter on 2 days rest than on 1 days rest.  He shoots 82% on the former and just 75% on the latter.  Not only that, but he gets to the line 4.7 times a game after 2 days rest but only 3.4 times after 1 days rest.  I guess that means he’s just too tired to attack the basket as much without an extra days rest.

So there you have it.  Everyone is just a little bit smarter for having read this story.  Or a little bit dumber.  Either way, random stats are fun.

Tags: Derrick Rose John Salmons Statistics Tyrus Thomas

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