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Kyle Lowry suggests Nene holds back John Wall

Apr 1, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

Wizards players on the bench react in their NBA basketball game against the Knicks in New York

John Wall had 18 points and 10 assists to help the Wizards beat the Raptors last night, even though Nene missed the game due to injury. Or if you ask Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry, maybe that was because Nene missed the game.

“The floor is a little more spaced for him,” Lowry said of Wall. “Having two bigs, Nene and Emeka, definitely clogged the paint where it closes up his driving lanes. Unfortunately, with Nene being out, it gives John the opportunity to get into the paint a little bit more and use his speed.”

Though Lowry might have been making an excuse after Wall outplayed him head-to-head, there is some truth to his statement. Wall’s points per play, via nba wowy!, decreases when he plays with Okafor and Nene.

  • With only Okafor: .99
  • With only Nene: .92
  • With Nene and Okafor: .90

Wall is obviously central to the Wizards’ future. Okafor is under contract for more than $14 million next season, and Nene has three years and $39 million remaining on his deal. So, for now, this might be a problem without a solution for the Wizards.

  1. llfreedman - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    hmmm I don’t know what to make of these stats. For one thing the numbers all seem pretty similar….Second, wouldn’t his points per play naturally go down when another decent scorer is in the game because they take his shots away? There’s gotta be some kind of efficiency usage stat that would prove Lowry’s statement better.

    • jaerba - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Eh, there might not be. The problem with Adjusted +/- is you need such a huge sample size to have any kind of reasonable confidence with it, and that doesn’t exist for Wall and Nene.

      You’re right that his points per play could go down with more scoring options on the court, but that doesn’t necessarily mean his scoring suffers. For instance, it’s also possible (this is just a hypothetical) that the pace increases with Nene, so while his points per play decreases, his points per time may increase. It’d be like in business, lowering profit per unit for the sake of increasing revenue.

      At this point, you’d really need a qualitative look to figure it out, with SportsVUE cameras or just good old fashioned game tape. I’m sure Lowry has a good idea of what’s going on from tape.

  2. tigershark49 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Amnesty time!!

  3. conjecture101 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Duncan/Splitter — Parker
    Randolph/Gasol — Conley
    Boozer/Noah — Rose
    Griffin/Jordan — Paul
    Faried/Mcgee — Lawson
    Ibaka/Perkins — Westbrook

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