Bleacher Report’s Adam Fromal made a list of the least effective offensive options for each NBA team. The list includes players that averaged at least 20 minutes per game during the 2010-11 regular season.
Here is what he had to say:
“Something tells me that this is not what the San Antonio Spurs expected from Richard Jefferson when he became a member of the team back in 2009.
The small forward may have averaged 11 points per game this past year, but he was on the court for over 30 minutes per contest, so that should be expected. He was careless with the ball and really struggled to create any offense for himself.
On a championship-caliber team like San Antonio there is really no place for a player with Jefferson’s offensive disabilities to be getting the minutes he’s getting.”
Fromal may have a point, to validate his claim, I used some stats among other Spurs players to compare his production last season.
The Big three obviously played better than Jefferson so I did not use them as a point of comparison.
Instead, I went with Neal, Bonner and Blair to compare Jefferson’s numbers. These players were a major part of the Spurs rotation last year and each has averaged at least 20 minutes per ball game.
2010-11 Per Game Stats
Richard Jefferson: 11.0 points, 1.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds, PER 12.42
Gary Neal: 9.8 points, 1.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds, PER 13.20
Matt Bonner: 7.3 points, 0.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds, PER 13.54
DeJuan Blair: 8.3 points, 1.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds, PER 17.20
Compared to Neal, Blair and Bonner, Jefferson’s number were actually better. However, he also averaged the most minutes per game among the players.
In this case, John Hollinger’s player efficiency rating (PER) should be used because it is a rating of a player’s per-minute productivity.
What is PER?
PER is used to outline the value for each player’s accomplishments.
That includes positive accomplishments such as field goals, free throws, 3-pointers, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals, and negative ones such as missed shots, turnovers and personal fouls.
Two important things to remember about PER are that it’s per-minute and is pace-adjusted, it used to summarize a player’s statistical accomplishments in a single number.
Using PER, reveals that Jefferson is indeed the least effective offensive option when compared to Blair, Neal or Bonner or to the starting five for the that matter.
That says a lot, considering Jefferson started in 81 regular season games for the Spurs last year.
What do you guys think? Do you agree that RJ is the least effective offensive option on the team? Share us your thoughts.