At the end of each month this season, I’ll use my offensive efficiency formula to determine what players around the league have made the most of the minutes they’ve gotten and provided their club with the most bang for their buck. I’ll break the league down position by position and let you know how the Dukes have fared against their peers
If you’d like an explanation of how I calculate offensive efficiency, here it is. I based the piece on statistics through 11/29.
Lindsay’s been so good I might learn how to spell his name without googling it. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Point Guard – Average Rating - 9.34
When it comes to Atlantic 10 point guards in November, Cedrick Lindsay of Richmond is the cheese that stands alone. His 128 point and 26:11 A:TO ratio have him leading the league and looking like an all conference performer. Fordham’s Branden Frazier averaging over 20 points a game has scored at a high rate, but has tailed off as a distributor. VCU’s Briante Weber and George Mason Byron Allen have created for their teammates as well as themselves while the normally efficient Chaz Williams has an abnormally low shooting percentage at 39%. Of course, he still leads the league with 37 assists. The top five skewed the league average and sixth place Derrick Colter finds himself slightly below the mean. He has shot very well early, but hasn’t thrived in his new pass first role.
Shooting Guard – Average Rating – 8.41
The distribution of the shooting guards feels a little more normal with seven players above and six below the mid line and no true outlier at the top. Maruice Creek of George Washington leads the way. The Indiana grad transfer came into the season with questions about his ability to stay healthy, but no one asked whether he could actual make in the A-10. Somewhat surprisingly, Tra’vaughn White came in second buoyed by lots of scoring in limited minutes while only turning the ball over nine times. Langston Galloway checks in at three as one might expect. The at times dominant Matthew Wright has averaged nearly 19 points a game having scored more than 25 twice and fewer than 16 three times. He’s been up and down, but his strong start has St Bonaventure’s offense clicking better than I believed it could. Former hyped up Ohio St guard turned hyped up Dayton guard Jordan Sibert comes in fifth.
Small Forward – Average Rating – 7.54
Sophomores rule the list of Atlantic 10 small forwards with five of the top seven in their second year of eligibility. In the early going of the 2013-14 season, Terry Allen has emerged as a potential star in the Atlantic 10. The 6’8” sophomore has managed to score 81 points already in relatively limited playing time. Dwayne Evans once again finds himself at or near the top of the conference’s threes and Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre has taken the expected steps forward. Despite missing time with an early injury, George Washington’s Patricio Garino picked up right where he left off last year doing it all on the offensive end. Jarelle Reischel flew under the radar among the Rhode Island transfers but has gotten off to a really nice start. Jeremiah Jones has improved to the average range so far for the Dukes which combined with his defensive prowess has made him a quietly valuable player.
Power Forward – Average Rating – 10.44
It turns out Cady Lalanne is pretty good at basketball. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
The best and deepest position in the Atlantic 10 this year is power forward. UMass fans once heralded Cady Lalanne as a future all conference player, but until this past month, he’s done little to convince me. Lalane has stepped up, way up, to the point where he’s become an offensive force in the league and the most productive Minutemen even with Chaz still on the team. Devin Oliver has quietly played great for the Flyers and Ronald Roberts, Jr has banged on the offensive glass and finished better than just about anyone in the conference. Jerrell Wright got off to a very slow start but he’s improved dramatically over the last week. Isaiah Armwood has provided value on offense and defense for the Colonials. Notably absent from the list are Ovie Soko and Treveon Graham who have both played great but just not as well as their conference mates. Both were done in by below average shooting and struggles from the free throw line.
Center – Average Rating – 7.63
Well, well, well. Look at who’s the most efficient offensive center in the Atlantic 10. I bet you didn’t expect to see Dominique McKoy there, but it makes a lot of sense. He has a disproportionate amount of offensive rebounds and has finished his chances consistently. Juvonte Reddic checks in number two on decent shooting numbers while scoring around twelve a game in under 25 minutes. Halil Kanacevic has only played 108 minutes and scored 31 points but he has an absurd 22 assists to 11 turnovers as a center. Steve Zack has a great first name and Sampson Carter’s made 23 of his 29 shots this year.
I could have titled this post “What Atlantic 10 Players Look Great In A Small Sample” but I elected to go with the less abrasive headline you clicked on. It’s very early, but there are some surprise performers leading the way and new stars shining brightly. Still a long way to go before any of these players earn a spot on an all league team.
As for Duquesne, they had two average and three below average players in terms of offensive efficiency in 2012-13. So far this year, they have two above average and three average players. I’m not surprised as the offensive talent has dramatically improved and they have enough scoring to win in the league. Problem is, they need the defense to match and unfortunately, I can’t measure that on an individual level.