Op/Ed blogging – Blog #2 – Tuesday

During this NBA Season there has been many teams doing very well and some doing very bad. The teams who are currently having the worst season are The Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards and the New Orleans Hornets. Being the teams as the worst in the league, they are looked down upon as failures. But there are some very interesting stats about these teams that I find very surprising. First, the Washington Wizards have the 10th best defense in the league. They are currently the worst team (Record wise) and the league and their defense is actually currently better than the NBA Champions the “Miami Heat.” The Bobcats who won a whopping 7 games last year, are still doing terrible, but are still better than last year. But currently the Bobcats are second in the league in points per play in the pick and roll, this is very surprising seeing that they were on a 14 game losing streak. Last, Austin Rivers the 1st round draft pick out of duke, has had the worst statistical season ever, having a WARP rating as the worst since 1970, which is definitely letting down for his team who has a lot of young talent.

I find these statistics very odd because who would have thought these terrible teams, could be leading the league in certain areas, but have such terrible records? A team like the Washington Wizards having a better defense then the unstoppable Miami Heat is really crazy. I also found that the bob-cats are the best pick and roll team, when they have trouble even winning a game, wouldn’t this make your offense way better? Last, the Overhyped Austin Rivers on having the worst WARP (Wins above replacement player) rating since 1970) I can see why. He takes so many terrible shots and doesn’t play defense. The star at Duke the year before definitely left College too early and wasn’t “NBA Material” just yet. I’m not saying that he’s going to be a terrible NBA player, but this season proves he just wasn’t ready and should have stayed in the college. He just isn’t ready for the Pro’s yet. All these terrible teams still have very interesting stats about them that any NBA fan would find very interesting, (including me). 

(Sources: http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/15/the-teams-in-the-basement/. http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/225215/Austin_Rivers_Currently_Having_NBAs_Worst_WARP_Season_On_Record)

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