There's a lot of opinion being thrown around in regards the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Should Kevin Garnett have been called for a moving screen? Is Doug Collins a bad coach? Why is Lou Williams in the game in the fourth quarter? Why does Spencer Hawes play more than Lavoy Allen?
I thought it was time for some non-opinion – some cold, hard statistical facts. The following 10 bullet points are not my opinion, just facts. All numbers were gathered from basketballvalue.com, hoopdata.com and basketballreference.com. Keep in mind the extremely small sample size.
- The Sixers allow 91 points per 100 possessions when Andre Iguodala is on the floor. They allow 123 when he's on the bench. That's the largest such margin of any player in the 2012 Playoffs.
- The best Sixers lineup, who've played at least 10 minutes, has been Lou Williams, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen. They score 107 points per 100 possessions and allow 94 – good for a margin of +13 (The starting lineup allows 98 and allows 90).
- The worst lineup, who've played at least 10 minutes, has been Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand. They score only 85 points per 100 possessions and allow 111.
- Jrue Holiday's free throw rate in the regular season was 0.14 – an abnormally, and atrociously low number for an NBA point guard. His free throw rate in the Playoffs is 0.25.
- In the Playoffs, Jrue attempts 1.44 shots at the rim for every shot from 16-23 feet. In the regular season that number was 0.94.
- At 20.6, Lavoy Allen has the fourth highest Playoff PER among qualified bench players, behind James Harden, Darren Collison and Ian Mahinmi.
- Only six of Andre Iguodala's 101 shots have come from within 3-15 feet. The other 95 were at the rim (26), from 16-23 feet (38), or beyond the arch (31).
- 36 players have played at least 200 minutes in these Playoffs. Evan Turner ranks 30th in PER, 25th in TS%, 32nd in eFG%, 34th in ORtg and 31st in WS/48.
- The average age of the eight Sixers who've played the most minutes in the Playoffs is 24.6.
- When Spencer Hawes is on the floor, the Sixers defense allows 94 points per 100 possessions. When Lavoy Allen is on the floor, the Sixers allow 92 points per 100 possessions.