Glen Davis is a terrible shooter. You don’t need advanced stats to tell you that. You watch and cringe every time he puts up a shot. Your eyes don’t deceive you, but they may underestimate just how bad Davis has been this season. According to ESPN Insider Tom Haberstroh and the Brick Index stat, Davis is the 6th worst shooter in the NBA, costing his team .97 points per game.
What is the Brick Index? It’s a stat created by former ESPN stat guru John Hollinger (now working in the Memphis grizzlies front office). It describes how many points a player cost his team with his shooting compared with a league average player per 40 minutes. It combines a player’s true shooting percentage with their shot frequency, so the more a bad scorer shoots, the more he hurts his team.
On the season Davis has a true shooting percentage of 48.1%, the second worst of his career, and a terribly inneficient number. (League average is 53.5%) But that hasn’t stopped the shameless gunner from shooting the ball. He’s hoisting 12.5 shots per game in addition to 2.9 free throw attempts at 66.7%. Just imagineif those shots had gone to someone, anyone, more efficient.
Davis is bad but he’s not the worst. Winning the top prize for least valuable shooter on the season? Detroit’s Josh Smith, who costs his team 1.46 points per 40 minutes. Rounding out the top five are Tayshaun Prince, Michael Carter-Williams, Dion Waiters, and J.R. Smith. All of them cost their teams more than 1.0 point per 40 minutes.
An interesting to note for Magic fans: rookie point guards Michael Carter-Williams and Trey Burke are both in the top ten for worst shooters in the league according to the Brick Index. Victor Oladipo has struggled with his own shot this season but he’s fairing better than his rookie counterparts.
What do you think? Do you agree with the Brick Index about Glen Davis? Feeling better about Oladipo’s offensive potential now? Let us know in the comments section below.