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[Fact Checker] MDA made Nash ignore midrange

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by heypartner, Oct 12, 2017.

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Did MDA make Nash ignore midragne

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  3. Statement is as much True as False

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  1. heypartner

    heypartner Contributing Member

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    Remember last year when we compared everything to Nash and MDA? That was fun. Let's do this again.

    Since Paul is a HOF Pure PG like Nash, and is the #1 PG at using the midrange game, let's see if OTMax's statement is true about Nash w/MDA.

    Here's the data -- the left columns are % of FGA taken vs other shots. the right cols are FG% of each range.

    Steve Nash with MDA (first two years MVP).

    Steve Nash..% of% of% of% of% of% ofFG%FG%FG%FG%FG%FG%
    SeasonAgeDist.2P0-33-1010-1616-arc3P2P0-33-1010-1616-arc3P
    2004-053014.6.746.201.083.180.282.254.526.605.465.461.529.431
    2005-063115.0.676.233.092.110.241.324.548.703.454.457.475.439
    2006-073215.1.647.226.085.146.189.353.575.676.554.500.522.455
    2007-083317.2.604.140.071.153.240.396.527.607.382.517.528.470
    Career.14.8.702.202.112.158.231.298.524.650.446.478.484.432

    Chris Paul..% of% of% of% of% of% ofFG%FG%FG%FG%FG%FG%
    SeasonAgeDist.2P0-33-1010-1616-arc3P2P0-33-1010-1616-arc3P
    2013-142815.0.756.125.153.255.222.244.498.706.481.459.440.368
    2014-152916.3.702.093.107.229.265.298.523.642.488.519.487.398
    2015-163015.8.705.121.121.184.278.295.501.615.504.527.432.371
    2016-173118.1.615.074.070.210.261.385.518.603.564.497.498.411
    Career.14.1.768.184.160.175.248.232.504.609.490.475.454.370
     
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    But he made Harden ignore it.

    (i like mda lt) j/k
     
  3. apollo33

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    Nash lived on mid range shots, I remember him shooting a lot of those on pick and rolls with Stat, Harden and Chris Paul should be able to do the same since they like to crowd the lane when they defend us now a days
     
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    % of 2 is .756
    % of 3 is .254

    That's an amazing midrange percentage. Yeah let's take that away.
     
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    Perception.... meet reality
     
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    That was before shooting this many threes was sexy.
     
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    too bad thats not the actual % of makes
     
  8. DonKnock

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    That's the percent of shots, not the percentage he shot on those aforementioned shots:)
     
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    I think CP3 is evolving. I'd like to see him shooting 10 threes a game. And 20 shots total.

    He is a far more talented scorer than even he gives himself credit for.
     
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    O look it's the guy with made up %s and tiny muscles
     
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    People on here actually think that MDA made Nash ignore the midrange? Lol, smh.
     
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  12. heypartner

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    For those voting for "As much True as False," what is true and false about the statement?

    Or are you a pollster who now believes there are no longer anymore absolute truths or falsehoods ... but always alternative facts in there somewhere. So you now always vote for Equal Truth and Falsehood to everything.

    @SamFisher -- is this another sign of the Fake News campaign winning?
     
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    Heyparter is picking up the slack left behind from FTW's departure .
     
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    Suns GM was not Morey right?
     
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    Not sure what this proves. His offense is not the same it once was, Morey was not their GM, threes were not as crazy as now.
     
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    OOPS. ;)

    If I'm reading the chart correctly, it's like this:
    Nash takes 2-pointers 70.2% of the time, versus 3s. His FG% is 52.5% on 2's (1.048 points-per-shot), and .432 on 3's (1.296 points per shot).
    Paul takes 2-pointers 76.8% of the time (even more). His FG% is 50.4% on 2's (1.008 points-per-shot) and 37.0% on 3's (1.11 points per shot).

    Nash's shooting numbers are pretty incredible. In his case, he'd rack up an extra quarter of a point for every 2-point attempt that he converted to a good 3 point attempt.

    However, I also think these numbers DO underline that fact that these guys need to take certain 2-point shots when they're available. Any-time you're north of 1 point-per-shot, it's a 'decent' shot.

    There is some conflating going on here when people mash Morey & MDA together.
    MDA ball was push the tempo and take the best quick shot.
    Moreyball is 3's and layups.

    Generally speaking, Harden plays Moreyball, not MDAball. Paul brings more of an MBAball element. One of the reasons it's exciting to have both.
     
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  17. JayZ750

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    I recall MDAs Suns offense as the 7 seconds or less offense.
    Yes, for their time, they upped the 3 point count.
    But it was less about where the shots were coming from and more about pace.

    It's DM's analytics that have led to the no mid-range offense.

    Then combined, in 2016+, it has led to the no midrange, high pace offense we saw last year.

    Does that mean MDA will force CP3 to take away his mid range?

    Not necessarily... but I think just a bit by osmosis of culture, we will see that. Seems like we are seeing that a bit this pre-season.
    Not sure it matters, though.

    Don't want to ignore offense, as it certainly bogged down against the Spurs AT TIMES in the playoffs last year, but offensively I don't care if CP3 adjusts and takes 0 mid range shots, or take more mid range shots. He's a great, efficient scorer. I trust him to take efficient shots in any case.

    I value CP3 defensively way more than offensively. PBev was good defensively in a very spastic way that didn't permeate the team. CP3 is good defensively in a more coherent way, IMO, that hopefulyl translates to better team defense.
     
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  18. heypartner

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    1. PHO went from 16th in 3FA to #1 in both of Nash's first two seasons.
    2. MDA's offense was similar enough to have just as many PnRs back then as now ... which allows the midrange shot by the PG (see Paul at LAC and Parker at SAS)
    3. Paul didn't shoot more % of midrange with LAC than Nash, yet LAC shot more 3s than Nash's team.
    Did MDA tell Nash to ignore his midrange game?

    You are insinuating that MDA is "messing with Paul's head." Do you see evidence that MDA told Nash to ignore is midrange game?
     
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  19. JayZ750

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    Why'd you include it as an option then?
    You also included the qualifiers Definitely and Mostly?

    Sounds like you want to redo the poll so that the answers are either Yes or No.

    To me, what's true about it is that MDA preached a high pace often that often resulted in more, better open shots at the 3 or rim.
    To me, what's false about it is that I don't believe MDA preached or encouraged Nash to take fewer mid-range shots.
     
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  20. heypartner

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    No ... why do you think that? I'm asking for discussion of that selection, which you provided, thx.

    Didn't you hear MDA preach 6 seconds or less for this year, giving the data (from last year) for when we shoot in under 6 seconds and when we shoot under 12 seconds, both being outstanding. I can find that quote, if you want.

    Also, Paul didn't shoot more % of midrange with LAC than Nash, yet the team shot more 3s that Nash's team.
     
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