It’s not often that a team makes it to the finals and then makes one of the biggest extras off the season.
Malcolm Brugdon’s joining the Boston Celtics wasn’t nearly (or sooner) than Kevin Durant’s joining the Golden State Warriors in 2016. But the Celtics were the best team through by a wide margin During the last three months of last season. And they’ve tackled a few weaknesses by adding a point guard – one of 13 players averaging at least 18 points, five rebounds and five assists in each of the past two seasons – who will step into play and deal with it. from the ball.
One of the reasons why the Celtics struggled at the start of last season was injuries. Their starting lineup played together in 12 From the first 47 games. One of the reasons for their loss in the finals was the bench. Their starting lineup outperformed the Warriors 13.3 points for every 100 possessions at 82 minutes, but all of Boston’s other formations were outdone by 11.5 per 100.
Of course, Brogdon played in just 36 games last season. And he had Worst shooting season with 3 points of his career, making only 31.2% of his shots from outside the arc.
But if he’s healthy and paying off as he did two seasons ago, the 29-year-old could give the Eastern Conference champion a real boost. And with three junior players aged 25 or younger on opening night, the Celtics remain serious contenders for the title.
Here are some notes, figures, and movies on how Brogdon is helping a team that doesn’t need much to get to the top of the mountain.
1. Elusive Striker
Brogdon’s off-dribble stats from last season contradict themselves somewhat.
- According to Synergy tracking, he scored 1.02 points per possession as a ball coach, the best mark of his career and Seventh best mark Of the 79 players who have at least 100 possessions of handling the ball.
- According to Second Spectrum, the effective percentage of Brogdon’s target on drag players was only 43.4%, a sign of Only ranked 80 Out of 123 players with at least 150 draw attempts.
But the percentage of Brogdon’s shots that were draw jumps is down from the previous season. And the percentage that was “kick taking” (according to Second Spectrum) jumped from 32% to 39%. With that, he also saw a huge jump in the percentage of his field goals over those driving fast kicks, from 50.8% to 56.7%.
In short, Brogdon is getting more and better at last on the edge, someone the Celtics can use. Boston ranked only 23rd in the percentage of its shots that came in paint (45%) and 22nd In the free-throw rate last season.
Brogdon fourth place With 18.3 drives per game, behind only Shay Gilgus Alexander, Luka Doncic and Ja Morant. His free throw average (30.8 attempts per 100 shots from the field) was the best mark of his career and he ranked 21st among 153 goalkeepers with at least 300 field goal attempts.
Brogdon would take it to the opposition of the big men and could shake off their timing by jumping off either foot:
And he is more than willing to finish with his left hand:
Overall, Brogdon shot 56.3% in the paint, which is also the best mark of his career and a mark ranked 22nd out of 97 guards with at least 200 attempts in the paint.
2. A little more careful
The Celtics had a spinning issue in the last two rounds of the qualifiers, so stick with it 16.8 rotation rate per 100 possessions (worse than worst rate for any team in the regular season) against the Heat Warriors. turnover rate in the final17.6 per 100It was the third-worst average for any team in any series in the past five years.
It was Brogdon Tenth lowest turnover (8.6 per 100 ownership) of the 49 players with an usage rate of 24% or higher last season. He also had Lowest drive rotation rate (4.2 per 100) of 42 players who averaged at least 10 drives per game. and this with Relatively high success rate (Spent 48.9% of the time) driving it.
will try sometimes jump passbut Brogdon remains under relative control:
He likes to lead the baseline, which he can turn around to defend:
The extra spin ball handler should make things easier for Jason Tatum and Jaylene Brown, who collected 99 (7.6 per game) from 208 turnovers in the Celtics over these final two rounds of playoffs. Aside from the employee turnover problem, it might be helpful to get these guys to fire more often.
Last season, 69% of Tatum’s jump shots, the 37th highest among 195 players with at least 250 players, were outside dribbling. And in the playoffs, he only had an effective field goal percentage of 42.4% in jumpers, a sign Rank 19 Of the 30 players who have attempted at least 50.
Overall, the Celtics ranked 13th in the percentage of their three indicators (73%) that came out of catches. La Tatum (38.0% against. 33.4%Nor Brown (36.7% vs. 34.8%) had them leaked The difference between the catch and catch percentage is 3 points and the pull percentage is 3 points, but every little bit matters.
There are a few relocation opportunities that will help, too. Brogdon isn’t a full-fledged demon, sure. But he ranked 11th with 4.9 “pass forward” passes per game, according to Second Spectrum. Of the 43 players who averaged at least three, he had the fifth-lowest turnover (0.6%) in those passes.
3. Off the ball
Of course, now that he’s joined forces with Tatum, Brown, Marcus Smart and Derrick White, Brogdon will be asked to play ball more than he has in the past.
This is not the role required of Brogdon. Appearing on JJ Redick’s podcast Two years ago, Brogdon said he left Milwaukee for Indiana because he preferred to play base.
“I was playing guard archery with the Bucks,” He said. “I enjoy playing shooting, but scoring is not the main thing on the court. Actually that’s not what I want to do. It’s not my first choice. I want to involve guys. I want to win. I feel like a winner above everything else and I compete on both sides.”
“And Indiana is doing my best, when you look at what I just talked about. He put me in the position of guard, allows me to play in my role, in my position, and lead.”
But the Pacers replaced Therese Halliburton last season and, to some extent, took the ball out of Brogdon’s hand. In addition to missing 46 games last season, he only shot 29 vs 88 (33.0%) In 3 seconds to capture and shoot.
But he was 189 versus 427 (44.3%) in 3 seconds to catch and shoot over his previous three seasons. 44.4% in 2020-21 Rank 15 Out of 141 players with at least 150 catch and shoot attempts.
He doesn’t have the fastest release, and he barely leaves the floor on his sweater. So Brogdon needs some space and time to launch. But he is not someone who can be ignored in the ocean…
And of course, playing the ball isn’t just about 3 seconds to catch and catch. As noted above, Brogdon is a striker. And he can certainly attack his close ones when playing with the ball:
He doesn’t seem to be light on his feet, a bit slow to change direction on the ocean…
He can struggle to survive in front of him Really fast guards Or offer a lot of resistance against adults. But Brogdon is certainly not a bad defender. It does not sleep or hang in place at the end of the earth. And over the past three seasons, competitors have scored 0.83 points per possession when singled out against him. This ranks 16th out of 269 players who have defended at least 200 isolations during those three seasons, according to the second spectrum tracker.
He can stay ahead of the not-so-fast guys:
In his last game against the Celtics, Brogdon was Tatum’s primary defender, moving to Brown when Tatum went off the bench. I got hit on the back door Written by Brown at one point, but had a few moments where he kept his own:
The Celtics, of course, were League Defense No. 1 Last season. Brogdon shouldn’t hurt them at that end of the floor, especially if he takes minutes off the 6-foot-1 Payton Pritchard. And if he could give a little boost to attack, he would definitely be worth what the Celtics gave up, which wasn’t much.
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