Yesterday we looked at ShotScore, a new method to identify the NBA’s best scorers. You can read the full piece here, but in a nutshell, the method compares the actual point yield of an individual NBA shooter against an estimated tally of what an average NBA shooter would accrue from that exact same set of shots. This is a useful way to evaluate shooting because unlike field goal percentage, it accounts for where on the floor the shooter is most active and factors that in to the analysis. Midrange shooters are compared against the NBA’s average midrange production, etc.Lowest ShotScore, 2012-13 season
1. Monta Ellis, -159
2. Greg Monroe, -134
3. Ramon Sessions, -130
4. Russell Westbrook, -127
5. Ricky Rubio, -115
These five players are all relatively active shooters, but fail to accrue points from the field at average NBA rates in their most active zones. In other words, each player struggles in his own unique way.Another point guard with limited perimeter passing options is Charlotte’s Ramon Sessions. He is a wannabe attack guard who has the speed and skill to maneuver through NBA defenses, but has trouble finishing at the basket.
Although he gets a lot of opportunities at the rim, Sessions converts less than half of them. He also struggles as a jump shooter, but to his credit, if his relative inactivity out there is any kind of clue, he seems aware of this limitation.
In a way, Sessions is really similar to Ricky Rubio. Like Sessions, Rubio’s troubles are most extreme closest to the basket. He made a dismal 41 percent of his shots inside 7.5 feet last season, which was tied for worst in the NBA (with Austin Rivers and Randy Foye).As the last quote states this isn't to say Ramon is a bad basketball player and there are plenty of rationalizations that can be made for why his % is so low/inefficient inside. One point is that he is extremely efficient at getting a call on these drives and converting the FTs at a pretty good rate.None of these players are bad basketball players; in fact most of them are really good even compared to their NBA peers. When it comes to shooting efficiency, however, each of these players has an important issue or two to address.
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That shot chart only proves why I absolutely can't stand Sessions. He canNOT make a layup to save his life. He literally misses more fastbreak layups than he makes. I don't understand why everyone likes him so much. He is not a very good basketball player. Can't shoot. Can't make a layup. Plays terrible defense.
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Every statistic that Ellis leads is a bad one. Thank god we didn't land him in the off-season. Did they include Jennings in this ShotScore thing? cause I find it hard to believe he isn't right up there with Monta.
Sessions is a decent option when it comes to guys you're bringing off the bench, but that's it. Any talk about him being a capable starter somewhere else or a potential 6MOY candidate is crazy, though. We saw in LA that he can't be your starting point guard if you want to get anywhere.