We dropped Wes Johnson (22.6 mpg last year) and replaced him with Chase Budinger (23.5 mpg).
If you clicked on the link above, you'll notice a bunch of interesting things. Things like WS/48, for example. All three new guys are in the positive, all three guys we let go are in the negative this year. That difference in WS/48 totals up to a net of +1.8 WS (+1.3 for our guys, -0.5 for the guys we let go). That's how we could be 3-4 instead of 5-2.
What a difference a year makes, huh?
That's the main part. Other tidbits I noticed:
- 261 minutes played for the old guys this year, 402 for the new
- old guys have only taken 19 FTA's this year, new guys 34
- Here's one tidbit that perhaps sums it up nicely: despite playing 141 more minutes this year, the new guys have only attempted 10 more shots than the old guys (almost entirely made up of Beasley's FGAs).
- That works out to a .345 FG% for the old guys, and a .496% FG% for the new guys.
The story of this team so far this year is the production of the bench/depth. I think nothing illustrates the dynamic of this team as much as this compare and contrast.