January 31, 2015

Basketball Metrics – 20 Games


Complete through 20 games.


  • For the second straight game the Tigers pace was at 1.64 possessions per minute, which is over the season average and they won both. Coincidence?
  • Free throw shooting has to be a concern.  The team that led the ACC last year is hitting at a 65.1% clip through 20 games.
  • 3 point shooting was huge against N.C. State, but the Tigers are still below 30% and average 0.89 points per 3 point attempt.
    2014-15 Basketball Individ 202014-15 Basketball dUsage Graph 202014-15 Basketball Pace 202014-15 Basketball Comps 202014-15 Basketball Game by Game 20

Basketball Metrics – 19 Games


Complete through 19 games.


  • Clemson’s pace against Wake (1.64 possessions per minute) was their highest of the ACC games to date and highest overall since the Robert Morris game.
  • Clemson’s pace has increased in each of the last 3 games.
  • Donte Grantham has taken 100 3 pointers and made 27.  55.6% of Grantham’s shots are beyond the arc.
  • Two surprising names continue to lead Tigers on the offensive boards: Sidy Djitte and Josh Smith.  Djitte is corralling more than a quarter (25.5%) of the available offensive rebounds while Smith is at 16.2%.
  • A direct result of all those offensive rebounds is that Djitte and Smith lead the Tigers in free throw rate (free throw attempts/field goal attempts). Djitte is at 1.083 and Smith is .969.
  • Another category that Djitte “leads” in is fouls per minute played.  Djitte commits a personal foul for every 4.3 minutes on the court.  Landry Nnoko commits a foul every 7.7 minutes on the floor.Basketball 2014-15 Sum 19Basketball 2014-15 dUsage 19Basketball 2014-15 Game by Game 19Basketball 2014-15 Pace 19Basketball 2014-15 Comps 19

Basketball Metrics – 18 Games

Brad Brownell

Complete through 18 games.

2014-15 Basketball Sum 182014-15 Basketball Usage Graph 182014-15 Basketball Usage Chart 182014-15 Basketball Pace 182014-15 Basketball Game by Game 182014-15 Basketball Comps 18

Basketball Metrics (Abbreviated) – 17 Games

Jaron Blossomgame

Complete through 17 games.


  • Sidy Djitte is averaging a foul every 4.4 minutes of playing time and an offensive rebound every 6.4 minutes of play.
  • Landry Nnoko is averaging a foul every 7.8 minutes of playing time.
  • Not splitting the atom, but Jaron Blossomgame has been far and away the Tigers most effective and efficient offensive player. Blossomgame has been used on 32.8% of the Tigers possessions, but has accounted for 44.6% of their offense during his time on the court.
  • After the pace had slowed over the last 5 games, it picked up a bit against Syracuse coming in at 1.45 possessions per minute.Basketball Sum 2014-15 17Basketball UsageD 2014-15 17Basketball Game by Game 2014-15 17Basketball Pace 2014-15 17

Basketball Metrics – 16 Games

JB Drive 2014

Complete through 16 games.


  • Tigers had their slowest pace of the season (1.31 possessions per minute), fewest assists and lowest assists % vs. Virginia
  • Jaron Blossomgame continues to lead in usage differential and by a large amount.
  • Sidy Djitte remains a force on the offensive boards, grabbing 24.2% of the offensive rebounds available while in the game.
    Basketball 2014-15 Summary 16Basketball 2014-15 Usage Graph 16Basketball 2014-15 Usage Chart 16Basketball 2014-15 ORB PCT 16Basketball 2014-15 2 PT 16Basketball 2014-15 3 PT 16Basketball 2014-15 FT 16Basketball 2014-15 FTR 16Basketball 2014-15 Assist Pct 16Basketball 2014-15 FG PCT 16
    Basketball 2014-15 Pace 16Basketball 2014-15 Game by Game 16
  • Basketball 2014-15 Comps 16

Basketball Metrics – 15 Games

Djitte Lville

Through 15 games.


  • Two new metrics – (1) Assist % by Game gives the percentage of made field goals that were aided by an assist for each game and (2) field goal % by game.
  • Tigers had slowest pace (1.40) at Pittsburgh since the Arkansas game (1.38)
  • 35% of Clemson’s shots are 3 point attempts and the Tigers are averaging .88 points on 3 point shots.
  • Sidy Djitte continues his strong performance on the offensive boards gaining 25.9% of offensive rebounds available when he’s on the floor.Basketball 2014-15 Summary 15Basketball 2014-15 2 PT 15Basketball 2014-15 3 PT 15Basketball 2014-15 FT PCT 15Basketball 2014-15 FTR 15Basketball 2014-15 Usage Graph 15Basketball 2014-15 Usage Chart 15Basketball 2014-15 ORB PCT 15Basketball 2014-15 Assist Pct by Game 15Basketball 2014-15 FG PCT by Game 15Basketball 2014-15 Pace 15Basketball 2014-15 Game by Game 15Basketball 2014-15 Pace 15

Basketball Metrics – 14 Games

Bgame LVille

Complete through 14 games.

Basketball 2014-15 Summary 14Basketball 2014-15 2 PT 14Basketball 2014-15 3 PT 14Basketball 2014-15 FT PCT 14Basketball 2014-15 FTR 14Basketball 2014-15 dUsageBasketball 2014-15 eDiff Chart 14Basketball 2014-15 ORB PCT 14Basketball 2014-15 Game by Game 14Basketball 2014-15 Pace 14Basketball 2014-15 Comps 14

Basketball Metrics – 13 Games


Updated through 13 games.


  • I’ve split out the usage information from the composite numbers in the first chart for two reasons. One, to make both more readable and two show the usage numbers independently.
  • The usage numbers, like all of these, look back, not forward.  Looking back it appears Clemson needed more Blossomgame and Harrison on offense with less Ajukwa.
  • The “Usage” column tells you what % of offensive possessions a player was involved in. The “eUsage” column tells you how effective a player has been relative to his usage.  The dUsage is the difference between Usage and eUsage. A positive dUsage number means the player should be used more on offense and a negative number indicates the player is using too many possessions relative to his offensive contribution.
  • Brad Brownell believes Rod Hall needs to shoot more often and that may be true, but Hall has one of the lowest averages on 2 point shots on the team.
  • Brownell’s preseason concerns about 3 point shooting have come to fruition.
  • For the first time this season the Tigers dipped below a point per possession (.99).
  • Clemson’s pace vs. North Carolina was slowest since Arkansas game.

2014-15 Basketball Summary 132014-15 Basketball Usage 132014-15 Basketball Usage Chart 132014-15 Basketball 2 PT 132014-15 Basketball 3 PT 132014-15 Basketball FT 13Basketball 2014-15 FTR 132014-15 Basketball Comps 132014-15 Basketball Game by Game 132014-15 Basketball Pace 13

Basketball Metrics – 12 Games

JB Drive 2014

Updated through 12 games.

The usage differential graph shows what has been painfully obvious – no real scoring threat from the bench and Austin Ajukwa’s offensive production has been abysmal to this point.  Patrick Rooks has the highest differential on the team at 20.3, but his playing time has been so minimal it’s hard to judge what being a regular part of the rotation would mean (it would go down, but to what level).

Think about the last three columns on the right this way – Usage is an estimate of the percentage of possessions a player is involved in while in the game (22.5% for Ajukwa, more than 1 in every 5). eUsage is a measure of the percentage of possessions a player should have been used in given his offensive production (12.5 for Ajukwa). dUsage (-10.1 for Ajukwa) is the difference between Usage and eUsage.  A positive dUsage number means the player should get more possessions (i.e. he’s effective on offense) while a negative dUsage number means the player is involved in too many possessions on offense relative to his production.

Another concern has to be the turnover rate, which is higher for the Tigers than their opponents and that’s before the murder’s row that starts today.


Basketball Sum 2014-15 12dUsage 2015 12Basketball 2 PT 2014-15 12Basketball 3 PT 2014-15 12Basketball FT PCT 2014-15 12Basketball FTR 2014-2015 12Basketball Pace 2014-15 12Basketball Comps 2014-15 12

Basketball Metrics – 11 Games

NIT Men's Basketball: Jaron Blossomgame & Jordan Roper

Complete through 11 games.Sum 2014 11uDiff 2014 112 PT 2014 113 PT 2014 11FT 2014 11FTR 2014 11ORB PCT 2014 11Comps 2014 11Game by Game 2014 11