Top Offenses and Top Offensive Players

The Wins Produced metric assigns a value to each box score stat that indicates how much that stat contributes to winning. What’s fun about this is we can take a look at which teams have the “winningest” offenses doing this. I took a quick look at the wins each team earned via two point shooting, three point shooting, free throws, assists, turnovers and offensive rebounds. The results are shown below. This will remind some of Dean Oliver’s Offensive Rating and the results are similar.

NBA 2011-2012: Offensive Wins by Team

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The West had some pretty amazing offenses last season. The Bulls managed to jump into the top five. What should be noticeably impressive is that the Charlotte Bobcats had an offense that was not just the worst in the league…it was worse than the second and third worst offenses put together! Another fun thing to look at is which players contributed the most on offense.

Top 20 Offensive Players in the NBA 2011-2012

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I know we’ll get a little flack from this chart but it’s important to remember that offense is not just about taking shots. Passing the ball, getting the ball and keeping the ball matter too! Players like Joakim Noah, Kawhi Leonard and Tyson Chandler may not jump to mind when we think offense but it turns out their contributions can be quite valuable. Noah was the player that started me down this route, so I wanted to end on a Noah related note.

Chicago Bulls top Five Offensive Players 2011-2012

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Derrick Rose does contribute to the Bulls’ offense but he is not the key piece. Regardless, with three of their top five offensive players set to be missing in action to start the season and Noah coming back from injury, it’s safe to say the Bulls are in trouble.

-Dre

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