Good to see Yi!

Yi Jianlian had been playing like a real NBA power forward this preseason.  But Bucks fans know that’s a ruse.  Yi is substandard.

Last night the true Yi returned, finishing the game with (-0.5) Win Score points in 20 minutes of action as the Bucks continued their impressive exhibition season defense in a beatdown of the Washington soon-to-be Bullets, 96-88.

Also, why would Gilbert Arenas fake an injury for the Horror Show that is Nick Young.  There is a reason why he gets no playing time, Gil.  Last night’s exhibition performance stands as Exhibit A.  The guy hoisted 16 shots, and made only 4. 

But of course if you go by “Skill Curve” logic, Young’s 12 misses were beneficial to his teammates because it allowed them to play more efficiently.  You know, he was trading “usage” for “efficiency”.  What a crock of shit.  But that’s a topic for another day.

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3 Responses to “Good to see Yi!”

  1. badgerbucco Says:

    Ty,

    You are mischaracterizing the argument regarding usage. We all agree that allowing inefficient offensive players to use a lot of possessions leads to losing basketball. We also agree that you have to find a way to use 100% of possessions in the most efficient manner possible.

    The difference in theory lies in whether efficiency (including turnovers and offensive rebounding) decreases with increased usage. You argue that it does not. I think you are wrong.

    Using a Badger example, Jason Bohannon was one of if not the most efficient players on the team yet he wasn’t in the top 5-7 in possession usage. If his efficiency would not decrease with more usage, why wasn’t he a more featured player on offense? They should have been feeding him the ball every time down court. I’m confident that I can come up with similar examples for most teams. By your logic, virtually every coach is screwing up by not allowing his highly efficient 3 point specialist use 25-30% of his team’s possessions.

    • tywill33 Says:

      Wait, are you saying that because a player like Bohannon was not used more often, that clinches the argument? That’s backwards logic. That’s like the old “3,000,000 Elvis fans can’t be wrong” argument. Why can’t they be?

      I have no problem crediting one guy with taking more than his 20% share of shots, provided he also makes those shots. I have a huge problem with crediting a guy for simply taking and then missing shots. Anyone on the team could theoretically take and miss shots.

      The argument relies on the supposition that there are only “x” amount of good shots to be had each game, and that there are necessarily “y” number of bad shots that someone must take. I don’t accept that. If a guy is taking a bad shot just prior to the shot clock expiring, okay, I’m willing to discount that. But I went and looked at the numbers, and those type of desperation shots are rare. Most of the low percentage shots are taken near the middle of the shot clock, where a better shot is quite possibly foregone.

      So I can be convinced, but I remain unconvinced. I continue to believe that the supposed “sacrifice” made by “high usage” players is actually self-inflicted and something closer to abuse of license.

  2. BadgerBucco Says:

    Ty,

    As to your first point, is it more likely that the majority is right or wrong on any particular point? The conventional wisdom is wrong from time to time, but I’d argue that it is more likely to be right than wrong and bears the benefit of the doubt.

    As to the remainder, my argument is that if you ask Bohannon to use 25-30% of possessions, he won’t keep his 125 or so offensive rating. If he were able to do that, all you would need is a team of high-efficiency, low usage players and you would have the best offense in college basketball. You just ask each of them to amp up their usage and your offense would be unstoppable. Why ask Trevon Hughes to use so many possessions when they could go to Bohannon.

    Let’s look at the most extreme example. Why doesn’t Bo Ryan tell his team that his most efficient offensive player (Bohannon) must take every shot in the game? If Bohannon can maintain 1.25 points/possession, the Badgers would score at will. Do you think that could happen? If so, why not? If not, I think the only answer is that, at some point, using possessions lowers efficiency.

    This isn’t about desperation shots. This is about believing that efficiency is a variable rather than a constant and that it is dependent on usage. You view it as being, at the very least, independent of usage. If you hold that view, then you would just load up on Kris Kramers who are excellent defenders and good-efficiency, very low usage players. Just ask them to do more on offense and you will win every game. I think the gut reaction to that situation illustrates my point.

    Now, that isn’t an argument based on an analysis or the numbers, but I do have some back-up on that point. You have some back-up for your position as well. Given the split, I’ll go with my reaction to the probable outcome of my thought experiment.

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