Assist Charts 2010-11: Tracy McGrady

This is the latest installment of a series called “Assist Charts.” For each of the 13 Pistons who played this year, I’m going to show whom they assisted and who assisted them.

Each post will be divided into two sections: Player assists to and Assists from player. Player assists to shows who the featured player assisted. Assists from player shows who assisted the featured player.

Each section will display two pie graphs and corresponding tables. One graph and table will show totals, and the other set will show per 36 minutes.

All the graphs and tables are color-coded with a specific color assigned to each player throughout the series. Point guards are blue. Shooting guards are orange. Small forwards are green. Power forwards are red. Centers are yellow.

Player assists to

Total

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Field goal Amount
Stuckey 23
Bynum 9
Gordon 34
Hamilton 18
Prince 49
Daye 17
Summers 1
Wilcox 17
Villanueva 22
Maxiell 5
Monroe 47
Wallace 9

Per 36 minutes with each player

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Field goal Minutes together Amount per 36 minutes together
Stuckey 627 1.32
Bynum 265 1.22
Gordon 871 1.41
Hamilton 440 1.47
Prince 1179 1.50
Daye 356 1.72
Summers 17 2.12
Wilcox 443 1.38
Villanueva 588 1.35
Maxiell 220 0.82
Monroe 1204 1.41
Wallace 527 0.61

What we learned

That’s excellent balance. It was clear Tracy McGrady assisted Greg Monroe often, but McGrady assisted Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum, Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Austin Daye, Chris Wilcox and Charlie Villanueva about as much.

I think that’s a big reason the offense appeared to flow better when McGrady played point guard – everyone knew they might get the ball, and therefore, became more engaged.

Assists to Player

Total

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Assist Amount
Stuckey 17
Bynum 7
Gordon 6
Hamilton 6
Prince 32
Daye 5
Summers 0
Wilcox 5
Villanueva 4
Maxiell 0
Monroe 7
Wallace 7
None 131

Per 36 minutes with each player

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Assist Minutes together Amount per 36 minutes together
Stuckey 627 0.98
Bynum 265 0.95
Gordon 871 0.25
Hamilton 440 0.49
Prince 1179 0.98
Daye 356 0.51
Summers 17 0.00
Wilcox 443 0.41
Villanueva 588 0.24
Maxiell 220 0.00
Monroe 1204 0.21
Wallace 527 0.48
None 1686 2.80

What we learned

Plenty of Tracy McGrady’s baskets were unassisted, mostly because he often kept the ball in his hands to set up other players. He also showed glimpses of his previous NBA life, when he led the league in scoring, and in those situations, he typically went one-on-one.

When McGrady was assisted, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and Will Bynum did it most often. I suspect that’s a product of early and late in the season, when McGrady spent more time playing off the ball.

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