Comments on: A Per Quarter Profile of Derrick Favors http://saltcityhoops.com/a-per-quarter-profile-of-derrick-favors/ The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:14:12 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: The 10-man rotation, starring how the Pelicans put Joel Freeland on Anthony Davis’ highlight reel | Super Sports Talk http://saltcityhoops.com/a-per-quarter-profile-of-derrick-favors/#comment-19434 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:33:30 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9170#comment-19434 […] Salt City Hoops. An interesting deep-dive by Clint Peterson on when and where in games Derrick Favors has been most […]

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/a-per-quarter-profile-of-derrick-favors/#comment-19431 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:59:16 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9170#comment-19431 Glad you enjoyed it, Alan. It looks like we’ve been examining some of the same trends this season. Second quarter problems I think often have to do with the relative vulnerability of the bench, particularly when it comes to shooting. This has only been accented with Kanter’s prolonged stretch of poor play (that he finally seems to be coming out of, thankfully). Not sure how much can be done on this front given the roster, but the second quarter has been really bad for the Jazz, resulting in a -3.4 average point differential, worst of all four quarters.

The third quarter is another story. It’s the starters playing nearly as many minutes as they do in the first quarter, so lapses here are a real problem. Specifically for Favors, I think it’s a combination of lack of offensive involvement and trying to save energy. But there is certainly more going on in regard to the entire team. The point differential in the third is -2.8, easily the second worst of the four quarters. This is the best players on the team, so I think the coaching staff needs to work on adjustments and motivation at half time so the guys are more competitive here.

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By: Alan "Jedi" Zaugg http://saltcityhoops.com/a-per-quarter-profile-of-derrick-favors/#comment-19425 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:06:07 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9170#comment-19425 Clint,

This is a fantastic post! I am looking forward to your next piece as you indicated about to Clint Peterson. I believe Favors has been the most consistent player on the team. But I too have noticed the drop offs offensively, and defensively through the stretch quarters. And it’s not just Favors that seems to struggle. With exception of Burks (most games), it seems that there is a definitive drop off in production for the team in the middle portion of the game, especially in the third quarter.

I’m curious as to why that is. It’s interesting watching the Jazz morph and develop over the course of the season. There are visible improvements, and at times, visible regressions as well. A weird monster.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Enjoy your insight and thoughts.

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/a-per-quarter-profile-of-derrick-favors/#comment-19418 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:00:18 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9170#comment-19418 Thanks, Laura.

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By: Laura http://saltcityhoops.com/a-per-quarter-profile-of-derrick-favors/#comment-19396 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:28:27 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9170#comment-19396 Great stuff, as always, Clint!

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/a-per-quarter-profile-of-derrick-favors/#comment-19391 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:41:01 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9170#comment-19391 Thank you, Clint, I appreciate it.

I’m not sure I agree that the same plays can’t be run all game long, however, or at least frequently throughout the course of a game. I think the best teams do run offensive systems where sets have multiple options and contingencies, and much of the strategy during a game isn’t which new plays to call so much as where to position the play, who to involve, and how to react to a defensive response. Some of the most effective offensive systems in the history of the game, including the Triangle Offense, D’Antoni’s pick and roll spread offense, and the Princeton Offense depend more upon understanding and applying key principles than knowing “the play.” It isn’t surprise that makes the system effective; it’s the difficulty of stopping a well-executed use of multiple options.

As for fouls, I complete agree with your point. That said, my next post will look at, in part, how Favors’ shots per quarter influence his foul rate. Spoiler: If he’s getting less than one shot for every five minutes of play, expect him to pick up fouls at double his normal pace.

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By: Clint Peterson http://saltcityhoops.com/a-per-quarter-profile-of-derrick-favors/#comment-19387 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:11:09 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9170#comment-19387 Good stuff as always, Clint.

It’s long been the Jazz way to try and establish an inside-out game with scripted plays at the beginning of games, which would help explain the number of early touches leading to production in first quarters. Obviously, a team can’t just keep on running the same plays all game long with success.

As I cautioned so often last season, players necessarily lose aggressiveness on both offense and defense when foul rate comes into play and they have to pace themselves to stay on the floor for an entire game instead of short spurts. He’s done well to continue to gain consistency, especially on offense.

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