Favors Needs Less Touches, Kanter More Per Game
St. George, UT—8:39 P.M.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld and USA Today Sports tweeted out a very interesting statistic on Monday:
LeBron gets 81.3 touches a game, less than Kemba Walker (94.7), Jose Calderon (85.7), Michael Carter-Williams (85.7), Derrick Favors (83.3).
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 4, 2013
As seen above, Derrick Favors is averaging more touches per game—(touch: when a player gathers possession of the ball)—than the King of Miami himself, LeBron James. As the Jazz announcers like to emphasize at the beginning of every game, this is because Coach Tyrone Corbin and the rest of the team are going to Favors early in games to get him going offensively.
Using advanced statistics (player tracking) we can see that, in 37.9 minutes, Derrick Favors gets an astounding 83.3 touches per game. Favors is scoring 0.16 points per every time he touches the ball, and 0.36 points for every half-court touch; totaling 250 touches.
In 33.9 minutes, Enes Kanter gets just 48.3 touches—nearly half that of Favors. This seems odd, because Enes is quite arguably a better offensive option on the post than Derrick. Kanter, though, is pouring in 0.34 points for every touch, and 0.60 points in the half-court. Nearly double Derrick’s production.
This is a huge difference in offensive firepower, and can be easily read as too many touches for Derrick Favors. This isn’t wholly the case, as Derrick is still a good post option on a young Jazz squad.
In fact, the more subtle but telling problem is that Kanter needs a vast amount of more touches. There should be a balance in the frontcourt between Favors and Kanter, if not a slightly larger focus on feeding the ball to Big Turkey.
Thus far, Enes Kanter is averaging 16.7 points and 10 rebounds per game, and Derrick Favors is averaging 13.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Expect that production to increase throughout the season as the offense becomes more fluent, as Trey Burke returns, and as the young players settle into competitive roles.
To sum it up: Kanter needs more touches. Favors needs less. What do you think? Let me hear it below.
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