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OK folks, it's that time of the season.  Time for the midway stat wrap.  The goodies are below the fold.

Let's start with the downloadable excel stats: 1/2 way stats

Now let's make our way through 82Games' stats.  First up, here's how the Wolves were shooting the ball after 20 games:

Shooting Details

Offense
Defense
Shot
Att.
eFG%
Ast
Pts
Att.
eFG%
Ast
Pts
Jump
68%  .404   54%  46.1  67%  .454   66%  49.8 
Close
26%  .514   43%  22.5  25%  .590   56%  24.1 
Dunk
4%  .909   70%  6.3  6%  .926   88%  9.3 
Tips
2%  .594   0%  2.0  2%  .633   0%  2.0 
All
100%  .457   51%  76.9  100%  .521   64%  85.2 

Here's how things look at the 1/2 way mark:

Shooting Details


Offense

Defense
Shot
Att.
eFG%
Ast
Pts

Att.
eFG%
Ast
Pts
Jump
66%  .405   54%  45.7 
68%  .459   67%  52.4 
Close
27%  .532   44%  24.2 
24%  .579   57%  23.7 
Dunk
4%  .915   71%  6.7 
6%  .925   84%  8.9 
Tips
3%  .494   0%  2.1 
2%  .565   0%  2.0 
All
100%  .463   51%  78.7 
100%  .517   64% 

87.1

Not a whole lot to write home about here.  The only thing of note on the offensive side is that they are shooting slightly better from the floor and not very well on tip ins.  Defensively, they give up an obscene eFG on jump shots.  They are giving up over 52 ppg on jump shots.  To put that in perspective, Atlanta gives up about 45 ppg, Boston gives up 46.7, Charlotte lets loose with 43.5, and...well, you get the picture.  The Wolves straight up suck at defending jump shots and they give up as many as 12 ppg game more than some of their closest peers (see Thunder, Oklahoma). 

Moving on to shot clock usage, here's how the team fared after 20 games:

Shot Clock Usage

Offense
Defense
Secs.
Att.
eFG%
Ast
Pts
Att.
eFG%
Ast
Pts
0-10
40%  .516   45%  34.7  37%  .588   59%  35.5 
11-15
26%  .431   54%  18.7  25%  .506   65%  20.8 
16-20
24%  .416   57%  16.6  24%  .480   73%  19.1 
21+
10%  .395   57%  6.9  14%  .437   63%  9.8 

 

And after the midway point:

Shot Clock Usage


Offense

Defense
Secs.
Att.
eFG%
Ast
Pts

Att.
eFG%
Ast
Pts
0-10
41%  .514   45%  35.7 
38%  .574   59%  37.2 
11-15
25%  .441   55%  19.0 
25%  .505   67%  21.4 
16-20
23%  .445   57%  17.4 
24%  .475   70%  18.9 
21+
11%  .361   58%  6.6 
13%  .447   64%  9.5 

 

No big changes here.  On to shot blocking.  Here's the damage after 20:

Shot Blocking

Team
FGA
Blocks
Block %
Fouls
Blocks/Foul
On Defense
1555 63 4.1 194 0.32
On Offense
1598 120 7.5 174 0.69

And after 41:

Shot Blocking

Team
FGA
Blocks
Block %
Fouls
Blocks/Foul
On Defense
3284 134 4.1 396 0.34
On Offense
3313 236 7.1 414 0.57

 

As you can see, even with Kevin Love back in the lineup the Wolves are a pitiful shot blocking outfit.  They have also started to see a decline in their blocks/foul ratio, meaning they are fouling more per shot block.  Baring a huge change in personnel, there's really nothing to see here other than yet another affirmation that the Wolves are in desperate need of a very specific type of player in the frontcourt to pair along with Big Al and the Big Piranha....or, they need to pick which player gets to stay and trade the other for a real center or a wing.

Anywho, moving on to turnovers, here's the after 20 numbers:

Turnovers/Fouls

Turnovers
Fouls
Side
Off. Foul
Bad Pass
Ball Handling
Other
Shooting
Personal
Loose Ball
Other
Team
38   137   133   5   194   154   29   37  
Opponent
36   136   121   15   174   124   18   36  

 

And after 41:

Turnovers/Fouls


Turnovers

Fouls
Side
Off. Foul
Bad Pass
Ball Handling
Other

Shooting
Personal
Loose Ball
Other
Team
77   263   280   17  
396   295   60   76  
Opponent
72   257   227   23  
414   274   43   71  

 

As you can see the Wolves have more than doubled several of these categories while seeing less-than-half drop offs in forcing bad passes and ball handling mistakes.  They have started to draw more fouls, which is a very good thing and one of the reasons why their FTAs have really started to climb to what we thought we'd see after the preseason.

OK, let's take a peak at how the Wolves were doing at each position after 20 games:

Team Production by Position

Position
FGA
eFG%
FTA
iFG
Reb
Ast
T/O
Blk
PF
Pts
PER*
PG
17.5   .473   5.4   31%  5.5   6.6   4.8   0.1   2.7   20.7   14.6  
SG
17.4   .411   3.5   30%  6.2   3.5   3.4   0.5   3.4   16.4   9.9  
SF
15.3   .433   2.6   27%  8.9   3.2   2.2   0.5   4.4   15.3   11.9  
PF
17.3   .485   3.4   30%  10.5   2.8   2.6   1.2   5.1   19.3   15.9  
C
16.6   .484   4.9   39%  10.7   2.3   2.8   1.2   6.3   19.7   14.9  

Opponent Production by Position

Position
FGA
eFG%
FTA
iFG
Reb
Ast
T/O
Blk
PF
Pts
PER*
PG
16.2   .495   4.2   20%  5.1   9.5   4.4   0.5   3.5   19.5   16.7  
SG
17.2   .532   4.5   26%  5.4   5.7   3.2   0.3   2.6   21.4   17.4  
SF
17.6   .487   4.7   28%  7.0   3.9   2.3   0.6   2.6   21.1   16.4  
PF
16.3   .503   5.1   37%  12.3   3.3   2.7   1.6   4.1   20.8   19.2  
C
14.6   .596   5.7   54%  14.8   2.4   2.8   3.3   5.6   21.2   22.3  

Net Production by Position

Position
FGA
eFG%
FTA
iFG
Reb
Ast
T/O
Blk
PF
Pts
PER*
PG
1.4   -.022   1.3   11%  0.4   -2.8   -0.4   -0.4   0.8   1.2   -2.0  
SG
0.2   -.122   -1.0   4%  0.8   -2.2   -0.3   0.2   -0.7   -5.0   -7.5  
SF
-2.3   -.054   -2.1   -1%  1.9   -0.7   0.1   -0.2   -1.7   -5.8   -4.5  
PF
0.9   -.018   -1.7   -7%  -1.7   -0.5   0.1   -0.5   -0.9   -1.5   -3.3  
C
2.1   -.111   -0.8   -15%  -4.1   -0.1   0.0   -2.2   -0.7   -1.5   -7.3  

And after 41:

Team Production by Position

Position
FGA
eFG%
FTA
iFG
Reb
Ast
T/O
Blk
PF
Pts
PER*
PG
17.5   .461   6.2   30%  5.0   6.9   4.4   0.1   3.0   20.7   14.5  
SG
17.4   .443   3.6   30%  6.1   3.0   3.2   0.4   3.3   17.9   10.6  
SF
14.1   .435   3.2   23%  7.6   3.6   2.5   0.5   4.2   14.7   11.0  
PF
17.7   .490   5.4   40%  13.1   3.2   2.6   1.0   5.0   21.6   19.4  
C
18.3   .480   5.2   41%  12.4   2.5   3.0   1.4   5.8   21.2   16.4  

Opponent Production by Position

Position
FGA
eFG%
FTA
iFG
Reb
Ast
T/O
Blk
PF
Pts
PER*
PG
16.8   .477   5.2   18%  4.9   10.6   3.9   0.4   3.4   20.3   17.9  
SG
17.5   .551   4.2   28%  5.3   5.1   2.6   0.3   3.1   22.2   17.3  
SF
17.6   .485   5.2   28%  7.2   3.7   2.1   0.6   3.1   21.4   16.3  
PF
17.0   .514   4.7   36%  12.4   3.0   2.7   1.8   5.1   21.1   18.5  
C
15.3   .562   5.4   50%  13.6   3.0   3.0   2.9   5.9   20.8   19.9  

Net Production by Position

Position
FGA
eFG%
FTA
iFG
Reb
Ast
T/O
Blk
PF
Pts
PER*
PG
0.6   -.016   1.1   12%  0.1   -3.7   -0.4   -0.3   0.4   0.5   -3.4  
SG
-0.1   -.107   -0.5   2%  0.8   -2.1   -0.6   0.1   -0.2   -4.3   -6.8  
SF
-3.5   -.050   -2.0   -5%  0.4   -0.2   -0.4   -0.1   -1.1   -6.7   -5.3  
PF
0.7   -.024   0.7   4%  0.7   0.3   0.1   -0.8   0.2   0.5   +0.9  
C
3.1   -.082   -0.2   -9%  -1.2   -0.5   0.0   -1.5   0.1   0.4   -3.5  

This is the part of the post where we start to go ga-ga over Kevin Love.  Take a look at what has happened at the 4 since the 20th game of the season (which pretty much lines up with Love's return).  Points are up, rebounds are up, eFG is up, assists are up, FTAs are up, turnovers have remained level, and it is now the only position on the floor where the Wolves out perform their opponents pretty much across the board.  All of this can essentially be traced back to a single player.

In part ii we'll move on to the players.