Final Preseason Stats

Kurt —  October 29, 2006

Regular commenter Rob L put his Excel program to work and came up with some Laker stats for the preseason and was kind enough to send along, A few of these are interesting – but again, remember this is preseason so don’t read too much into them.

First is that the Lakers picked up the pace in the preseason – they averaged 95.4 possessions per game. That is 4.8 more possessions per game compared to last season. Remember that the Lakers’ coaches talked about pushing the ball on fast breaks before camp even opened, and it looks like the players have responded. Let’s see what happens when the regular season gets going, but I like the pace.

Andrew Bynum shot the ball very well in the preseason, an eFG% of 71.1% and a true shooting percentage of 74.1% and 18.2 points per 40 minutes played. He did a good job of picking his spots and running the floor, let’s hope he can keep that up.

While Radmanovic and his injured hand struggled (30.6% eFG%), Brian Cook shot 65.22%. And, one that surprised me, Shammond Williams shot 66.7% for the preseason. Also, earlier in the preseason Smush’s numbers were way in front of Farmar’s, but not any more.

Here are the numbers:

Name eFG% TS% Pts. P40
Odom 52% 55.6% 18.7
Walton 56.2% 58.3% 16.7
Bynum 71.1% 73.1% 18.2
Evans 43.6% 48.1% 16.8
Parker 55.8% 59.8% 17.3
Cook 65.2% 68.4% 24.9
Farmar 54.9% 57.3% 18.2
Vujacic 56% 57.6% 19.1
Radman 30.6% 34.7% 12.6
Willaims 66.7% 62.1% 12.1
Brown 46,2% 42.8% 11.9
Pinnock 17.9% 19% 5.6
McKie 50% 52.1% 3.1
Turiaf 55% 56.4% 13.3
Green 39.4% 48% 14.9

There are more stats – the Lakers offensive rating was 102.9 (well off last season’s numbers, but what do you expect with Kobe sitting) and a defensive rating of 102.8 (much better than last season, but there were a lot of subs on the floor for opponents) All of which just goes to show you don’t want to read too much into preseason numbers.