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Posted by Optimist on December 17, 2014 at 10:39:29

In Reply to: Some surprising(?) Noah Allen passing stats posted by Optimist on December 17, 2014 at 09:24:13

The OP was offered as a collection of data.

There was no "analysis" (trivial or otherwise), except the observation that the data are a bit of a surprise to me. As an observer who hadn't looked hard at his data, I had not expected that Allen would have twice as many assists as turnovers (or so few TOs)

I also did not intend any "argument" that Allen should play more. There are, as noted, other issues involved. I have never thought/said that he should play more

But here is an argument/analysis that I do think flows from this data: I think that a fair criticism of this team's offense is that the ball does not move well, and it doesn't really match the ideal Steve Alford motion offense. I can see the criticisms of the PG in this context, but I think that this data also points to the possibility/probability that the other two starting guards don't move the ball the way they should.

Allen, who has mostly failed to impress, manages to get assists at a much higher rate than either Hamilton or Powell. Yes, his minutes are less but he is the first guard off the bench and he is playing with the regular unit (i.e. not just mop up time).

More analysis: To me Allen's numbers - from an inexperienced guy of limited talent - illustrates the shortcomings of Powell and Hamilton as distributors. Yes, his A/TO ratio reflects the fact that he is nowhere near as aggressive as the other guys, but that does not explain why he - in this offense - is in the top 20 in the Conference in A/40 and the starting 2 and 3 are nowhere near that

So, in my view Allen's assist numbers illustrate how disappointing the assist numbers are for the other two

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