The Playoff's Best So Far

Published 05/06/2016 by Vantage Sports

Let's take a look at the best overall individual performances so far in the playoffs across a variety of stats.

Scoring

The top 5 in Points per Chance are LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George. The top 5 in Points per Shot are Enes Kanter, George Hill, Serge Ibaka, J.R. Smith, and Andre Iguodala. There's an interesting disconnect between volume and efficiency at the top so far these playoffs. The most efficient of the high-volume scorers has been LaMarcus Aldridge with 1.39 Points per Shot. There was more overlap in the top 5 in the regular season despite the fact that there were almost twice as many players involved, with both Curry and Durant being in the top 5 in both stats.

Serge Ibaka's place in the top 5 might be explained by the fact that he's taken more than half of his shots against uncontested defense. LaMarcus Aldridge's combined success is due to his 65.8 FG% against Contest+ defense.

Passing

Russell Westbrook has been dominating the playoffs in True Facilitation (passes to uncontested shots), leading second-place Jeff Teague by almost 1 pass to uncontested shot per 100 chances. Draymond Green also makes an appearance in the top 10, narrowly edging Curry replacement Shaun Livingston.

The Miami Heat have been setting the standard for facilitating in the pick-and-roll/pop. Dwyane Wade is first and Goran Dragic is fifth in Assist+ Screen%. Tony Parker has also been primarily facilitating off screens, coming in a second.

The Thunder have struggled the most with clean passes, as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both fall in the bottom 5 in Deflected-Pass Rate.

Screening

Justise Winslow and Mason Plumlee have been veritable walls, ranking first and second with Solid Screen%'s above 91%. Other players also above 90% are Donatas Montiejunas, Bismack Biyombo, and JaMychal Green.

Bismack Biyombo is the only one of these players to also make the top 5 in Set Screen Points per Chance and Roll%. Another player in the top 5 of these last two stats (and with close to 90% in Solid Screen%) is Cole Aldrich. His Roll% was 68.2%. For those who were playing close attention, Cole Aldrich was one of the most efficient players in the league this season. It's not clear the Clippers coaching staff was playing close attention.

Defense

That familiar name Cole Aldrich is also leading playoff players in Pressure Rate, dethroning reigning pressure champ Dellavedova (both last playoffs and this regular season). Delly still makes the top 5 though.

Jae Crowder has been the hands leader with 2.39 Deflections per 100 Chances, while Patty Mills has been denying passes at the highest rate at 3.08 Passes Denied per 100 Chances.

Finally, let's end on old man Dwyane Wade's coming in second in Effective Bump% (percentage of cuts defended where contact/reroute is made on cutter) behind only rookie Terry Rozier.