And his shot chart still is red as a baboon butt.
But by in-depth video analysis (I saw two quarters of a Pelicans game recently) and thanks to the nba.com/stats data, I saw some weeks ago that there is some value to Tyreke. So, after he got #StatLineOfTheNight honors and praise by Zach Lowe, I decided to be an opportunist and post this figure:
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Tyreke drives the most (per minute) off all players & his team scores quite well on those drives
So, here are the points that speak for his actual efficiency:
- he takes 75% of his shots at the rim
- On these shots, he hits 50%
- Which is even more impressive as every opponent should know that Tyreke is about to drive
First, simply looking at percentages for shots near the rim does not adjust for Fastbreaks, where you would expect a much higher percentage. For example, LeBron hits a staggering 75% close to the basket - but he is also part of way more fast breaks than Tyreke. Having that said, LeBron's field goal percentage on drives is still an otherworldly 63.3%
Second, Tyreke's field goal percentage from outside gets probably worse to the fact that he only takes shots from the outside if he really has to - but that would need different data or video analysis to be proven.
In summary, a drive is a good thing. Scoring 1.2 points per drive would lead to 120 points per hundred possessions (surprising, I know...) - which would be a league leading offensive efficiency.
The fact that Tyreke can drive effectively so often, while everybody knows what he's about to do makes it really impressive. Having that said, I probably still would not pay him 12 million per year. ;)