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Wizards beat Pacers 97-79 for second Summer League win

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The game was a little rough with both teams shooting and committing turnovers, but the Wizards emerged with a 97-79 win over the Indiana Pacers.

  • Tajhere McCall had an outstanding game attacking the paint, grabbing rebounds, defending (4 steals and a block in 22 minutes) and providing some leadership on the field. The 27-year-old is probably auditioning for his next team overseas, but he’s putting some great stuff on the film.
  • Isaiah Todd had the kind of game wizards probably envisioned when they picked him up. He had 17 points, 8 rebounds and a few blocks in 27 minutes. Now the efficiency was lacking and he was making a lot of fouls in defense, but it was easily his best effort in the summer league – both in terms of production and how hard he seemed to be trying.
  • Jordan Schakel seemed to be doing a Stephen Curry impersonation all night, and he finished with 21 points on 12 field goal attempts, along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. So why did I end up being a little bored with his acting? Four sloppy turnovers (part of the Curry piece?) and a terrible decision — in the third quarter, a big man from Indiana picked it up in transition. The big one played again, as if he dared Schakel to shoot. Schakel’s superpower? Three shot. The right decision? Let it fly. What does Schakel do? Fancy dribbling that got him nowhere, fakes and jukes that did the same, then a drive to the basket that ended with him dribbling the ball off his leg for a turnover.
  • pat spencer didn’t look like an all-time great lacrosse player slumped on a basketball court, he looked like a bonafide player with a game and a competitive attitude – 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in 20 minutes. Does he have a chance of cracking an NBA rotation? No.
  • After getting crushed on the offensive glass in their previous outing, the Wizards cleaned up their inside act and limited the Pacers to an offensive rebound percentage of 22.9%.
  • Terry Taylor did not play. Taylor caught my eye by being one of the most productive players in the G-League last season. When he got a chance in the NBA, he played well in a big man role, even though he’s only 6-5 and not much of a jumper. What it has is a nose for the ball and an almost weird engine, making it one of my favorite NBA watches.
  • While Todd had his best summer league game, I remain very skeptical about its NBA merits. He shot 7-17 from the floor and just 3-9 from three-point range. He picked up his first summer league assist against the Pacers.

Below are the four factors that decide who wins and loses in basketball – shooting (efg), rebounding (offensive rebounds), ball handling (turnovers), foul (free throws made).

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I simplified them a bit. Although factors are usually presented as percentages, this is most useful over a full season. In a single game, the raw numbers for each category are easier to understand.

Four factors: Wizards 97 vs. Pacers 79

FOUR FACTORS PACERS WIZARDS
FOUR FACTORS PACERS WIZARDS
GFE 0.429 0.527
OREB ten 8
TOV 19 17
MTF 13 20
RHYTHM 110
ORTG 86 105

Below are some performance metrics, including the Average Player Production Game Score (PPA) (very similar to what I used to call the Dashboard Impact Score). PPA is my overall production metric, crediting players for the things they do that help a team win (scoring, rebounding, playing, defending) and hitting them for the things that hurt (missed shots, turnovers, poor defense, fouls).

Game Score (GmSC) converts individual production into points on the scoreboard. The scale is the same as the points scale and reflects the value of each player. total contributions for the game. The lowest possible GmSC is zero.

PPA is a per possession metric designed for larger data sets. In small samples, the numbers can get weird. But some readers prefer it, so I’m also including PPP scores. Reminder: in PPP, 100 is average, higher is better, and override level is 45. For a single game, override level isn’t very useful, and I reiterate caution about small samples producing results strange.

POSS is the number of possessions each player had on the floor in this game.

PTS = points scored

ORTG = Offensive Rating, which is RBIs per individual possession x 100. RBIs are not the same as runs scored. He understands the value of assists and offensive rebounds, as well as splitting the credit when receiving an assist.

USG = offensive usage rate. The average is 20%.

ORTG and USG are stat versions created by Wizards assistant coach Dean Oliver and modified by me. ORTG is a measure of efficiency that takes into account the value of shots, offensive rebounds, assists and turnovers. USG includes shooting from the floor and free throw line, offensive rebounds, assists and turnovers.

Key stats: Assistants

WIZARDS MIN POSSIBLE PLS ORTG USG APP GmSC +/-
WIZARDS MIN POSSIBLE PLS ORTG USG APP GmSC +/-
Tahjere McCall 22 51 13 153 15.7% 380 33.5 27
Jordan Bonwin 27 61 19 105 25.9% 226 24.1 19
Jordan Schakel 24 54 21 118 31.5% 256 24.1 13
pat spencer 19 45 8 126 19.6% 282 21.9 14
Isaiah Todd 27 63 17 106 21.6% 138 15.1 17
Jaime Echine 21 49 ten 101 24.2% 114 9.8 -4
Craig Sword 16 37 0 53 6.1% 24 1.6 2
Davion Mintz 14 31 4 74 16.5% 12 0.7 1
Pierria Henry ten 23 0 48 16.2% -165 0.0 -6
Arthur Zagars 20 46 5 64 12.7% -107 0.0 8

Key Stats: Pacers

PACERS MIN POSSIBLE PLS ORTG USG APP GmSC +/-
PACERS MIN POSSIBLE PLS ORTG USG APP GmSC +/-
Kendall Brown 26 59 14 124 17.1% 161 16.6 -23
Andre Nembhard 32 74 seven 105 13.7% 90 11.5 -13
Jermaine Samuels Jr. seven 17 4 212 9.8% 276 8.1 -1
Gabe York 26 59 seven 117 10.1% 78 7.9 0
Fanbo Zeng 8 19 seven 125 26.1% 37 1.2 1
Eli Brooks 8 18 2 75 15.1% -3 0.0 -5
Nate Hinton 14 32 8 80 32.6% -20 0.0 -seven
Bennie Boatwright 11 25 seven 83 25.0% -39 0.0 -15
Simisola Shittu 19 45 8 67 31.6% -41 0.0 -9
Aaron Nesmith 29 66 12 60 24.0% -60 0.0 -seven
David DiLeo 20 47 3 49 21.3% -151 0.0 -11

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