Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tempo Thursday: A-10 year in review, Part II

By Ray Floriani (@rfloriani)

Last week, Tempo Thursday centered on the team metrics in the Atlantic 10. This week provides a look at the individuals in several categories. The leaders in offensive ratings are utilized here as sort of a baseline. Those top ten ratings leaders will also be broken down into the player efficiency and effectiveness factor (more on that later) categories.
On the defensive side, we take a look at steal and block percentage leaders. Why those two categories? They were two areas in which the conference excelled, finishing seventh in blocks and tenth in steals among the 32 major conferences in the country.
There is also a basic top ten in conference scoring. These are the top ten, period, not using usage as a point of reference. All numbers, outside of EFF and EF figures, are courtesy of KenPom. In each case, the total season; not just conference play, is utilized to arrive at our figures.   

We are looking at the percentage of possessions used by the individual players. Commonly cited even in the team section throughout the season, this number is the percentage of a team possessions used by a player while on the floor. As the campaign wore on, the numbers in the A-10 bore a simple fact: If teams had a marquee player, they got the ball in his hands around one third of the time.

1) Jack Gibbs, Davidson (29.4 percent of team possessions)
2) T.J. Cline, Richmond (28.7)
3) Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington (28.6)
4) James Demery, Saint Joseph’s (28.4)
5) Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure (27.8)
6) Dejon Jarreau, UMass (27.2)
T-7) Marquise Moore, George Mason (27.1)
T-7) Kendall Pollard, Dayton (27.1)
9) Lamarr Kimble, Saint Joseph’s (26.9)
10) Rashaan Holloway, UMass (26.6)

He did not crack the top ten, but Jaylen Adams’ running mate, Matt Mobley, checked in with a 21.9% usage. For those of you scoring at home, that means Mark Schmidt’s starting backcourt used almost half of the Bonnie possessions (49.7 percent to be precise).

Offensive Rating Leaders
A measure of personal efficiency developed by Dean Oliver and utilized on KenPom, taking a look at the conference top ten:

1) Peyton Aldridge, Davidson (118.5)
2) Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure (116.0)
3) Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington (113.0)
4) JeQuan Lewis, VCU (111.8)
T-5) Jack Gibbs, Davidson (110.2)
T-5) T.J. Cline, Richmond (110.2)
T-7) Charles Cooke, Dayton (106.8)
T-7) B.J. Johnson, La Salle (106.8)
9) Marquise Moore, George Mason (106.3)
10) E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island (105.8)

Player Efficiency Rating
This metric has been around for quite some time, and is used by the NBA and WNBA. It is more user-friendly from a computing standpoint. The formula adds points scored, field goals, free throws, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks while subtracting turnovers and all (field goals and free throws) missed shots. That figure is divided by games played for our final result. The top ten in EFF follow:
1) Peyton Aldridge, Davidson (22.8)
2) T.J. Cline, Richmond (22.2)
3) Marquise Moore, George Mason (21.8)
4) Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure (20.4)
5) Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington (19.1)
6) Jack Gibbs, Davidson (18.9)
7) Charles Cooke, Dayton (17.9)
8) B.J. Johnson, La Salle (16.2)
9) JeQuan Lewis, VCU (14.8)
10) E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island (11.8)

Lewis was one of the most efficient players in the KenPom ratings. The NBA efficiency was not as kind to the senior guard. Lewis’ 43 percent field goal shooting resulted in a minus-222 in that category. That deficit is indeed difficult to make up.

Effectiveness Factor
Developed by engineer and basketball devotee Arthur Linton, effectiveness factor really does not penalize excessively poor shooting. The formula adds individual points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, while subtracting only turnovers. That total is also divided by games played. Not subtracting misses from the field or line, it should be little surprise the marks here are higher than those of player efficiency.

1) Peyton Aldridge, Davidson (31.0)
2) Marquise Moore, George Mason (30.8)
3) T.J. Cline, Richmond (30.1)
4) Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure (29.7)
5) Jack Gibbs, Davidson (28.9)
6) Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington (27.0)
7) B.J. Johnson, La Salle (24.1)
8) Charles Cooke, Dayton (23.4)
9) JeQuan Lewis, VCU (21.9)
10) E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island (19.6)
Lewis handed out 158 assists against 86 turnovers. At the guard spot, he came up with 99 rebounds and three blocked shots. In addition, his scoring was at a 15.2 points per game rate as he led a balanced VCU team in that category.
E.C. Matthews came up short in both efficiency grades. The junior forward shot 172-of-403 from the floor. From the foul line, he was 112-of-154. In player efficiency terms, that is a loss of 273  on missed shots. Effectiveness factor does not penalize for missed shots. Regardless, Matthews took a hit with 50 assists against 66 turnovers, amounting to a minus-16 in that area. His best, though, was saved for last. In the Atlantic 10 championship game, Matthews led Rhode Island to the title and earned KenPom game MVP honors. He scored 19 points, going 6-of-11 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. Matthews’ efficiency was 25 and his effectiveness factor 29, both higher than his norm and definitely excellent figures coming at the most opportune moment.

Leading Scorers
1) Jack Gibbs, Davidson (22.1 PPG)
2) Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure (20.6)
3) Peyton Aldridge, Davidson (20.5)
T-4) Matt Mobley, St. Bonaventure (18.5)
T-4) T.J. Cline, Richmond (18.5)
6) Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington (18.3)
7) B.J. Johnson, La Salle (17.6)
8) Marquise Moore, George Mason (16.9)
9) ShawnDre’ Jones, Richmond (16.8)
10) Charles Cooke, Dayton (15.8)

Steal Percentage Leaders
1) Joseph Chartouny, Fordham (5.8)
2) Doug Brooks, VCU (4.6)
3) Luwante Pipkins, UMass (3.8)
4) Stanford Robinson, Rhode Island (3.6)
T-5) JeQuan Lewis, VCU (3.2)
T-5) Kyle Davis, Dayton (3.2)
T-5) Kendall Pollard, Dayton (3.2)
T-8) Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure (3.1)
T-8) De’Monte Buckingham, Richmond (3.1)
10) Cleon Roberts, La Salle (3.0)

Good news for Fordham fans came in this category, as Chartouny was number one in the nation in KenPom’s steal percentage leaders. More good news came when the Ram junior withdrew from the NBA Draft in late May to return to Rose Hill. And while there was no doubt Jaylen Adams could put points on the board on the offensive end, the Bonnie junior showed he was adept at preventing them as well with a top ten steal percentage finish.

Block Percentage Leaders
1) Hassan Martin, Rhode Island (8.8)
2) Mo Alie-Cox, VCU (8.5)
3) Nakye Sanders, Duquesne (7.1)
T-4) Rashaan Holloway, UMass (6.6)
T-4) Kuran Iverson, Rhode Island (6.6)
T-4) Markell Lodge, Saint Joseph’s (6.6)
7) Denzel Gregg, St. Bonaventure (6.1)
8) Xeyrius Williams, Dayton (5.6)
9) Will Magarity, Davidson (5.0)
10) Charles Cooke, Dayton (3.6)

Rhode Island and Dayton were the conference elite in this department, thanks in large part to their defenses. Defense wins games and both teams had two players among the leaders in rejections. Speaking of elite, one cannot forget VCU. Runners-up in both regular season and A-10 Tournament, the Rams had the perimeter (Lewis) and interior (Allie-Cox) covered.

Charles Cooke, beside being among the usage and scoring leaders, also broke into this last list among the block percentage leaders, a true testament to the versatility and value of the 6-foot-5 Dayton senior.

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