As mentioned in last night’s recap, the Thunder are 27th in assists per game. Second to last in assist-to-turnover ratio.
But they’re also third in points per 100 possessions (108.3), third in points per game (101.5) and third in field goal percentage (47.5). Any way you slice it, the Thunder have one of the very best offenses in the NBA, despite being a bad assist team.
How does this add up? If the Thunder don’t score via assists, then how do they score?
Here’s the breakdown: OKC takes 24.4 shots per game at the rim (13th), 9.5 3-9 feet out (23rd), 7.1 10-15 out (19th), 17.3 16-23 feet out (25th) and 18.9 3s per game (15th). Pretty much everything in the middle, or bottom half.
But here’s the catch, of those 24.4 shots a game at the rim, only 44.8 of them are assisted, which is second to last in the league. On mid-range jumpers, just 24.4 are assisted, which is last in the league. On long 2-pointers, 45.1 are assisted, 27th in the league. Overall, just 49.09 percent of OKC’s baskets are assisted, which is 29th in the league. So it should be obvious that the Thunder do a lot of shot creating on their own. It’s not so much a teammate setting up a teammate, as it is clearing space for a scorer to do work. Keep Reading…