Stats & Info: Jeremy Lamb

The impact of Russell Westbrook's injury

December, 27, 2013

Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook is out until after the All-Star break following arthroscopic knee surgery
How much will the Oklahoma City Thunder miss Russell Westbrook after Friday’s announcement that he is out until after the All-Star break? Consider this, Westbrook and LeBron James are the only players averaging 20-points, five assists and five rebounds per game this season.

With Westbrook on the court, the Thunder are averaging nearly seven more points and five more assists per game.

They play at a much faster pace and create more fast break opportunities, ranking second in the NBA in pace with 101.1 possessions per 48 minutes.

When Westbrook is off the court, the Thunder rank dips to 16th with 96.7 possessions per 48 minutes.

In the month of December, Westbrook and the Thunder were operating on all cylinders posting a 12-2 record before his injury.

Westbrook’s true shooting percentage of 55.3 was on pace for a career high in a given month and the Thunder’s point differential of +11.1 was by far the best in the NBA.

Kevin Durant
will also miss his running mate as the two are the highest scoring duo in the NBA this season. Some of that scoring load will now be placed on the shoulders of Reggie Jackson who will be reinserted into the starting lineup.

Jackson has averaged a career-high 12.5 points per game and posted a career-best effective field goal percentage of 51 percent this season.

Much of Jackson’s success is due to his pick-and-roll efficiency as he’s become one of the league’s best scorers on pick-and-roll plays averaging 0.89 points per play (League Average: 0.73).

Which lineups work without Westbrook
Without Westbrook, head coach Scott Brooks will have to manipulate his lineup to produce the best results on both sides of the floor.

The Thunder’s most offensively efficient lineup, that didn’t include Westbrook, featured Durant, Jackson, Steven Adams, Nick Collison and Jeremy Lamb. This group averages 116.3 points per 100 possessions, the best rate among any Thunder lineup that has played at least 40 minutes together.

The most defensively efficient group featured Durant, Jackson, Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, and Thabo Sefolosha who limited opponents to 78.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Thunder are 3-1 without Westbrook this season, but the numbers show they need their point guard back healthy to maximize their offense and make a legitimate run at an NBA title.

Stats in the Paint: Weekend Outlook

February, 24, 2012
Let’s get you "warmed up" for the College GameDay road show (live on Saturday from Storrs, Conn., at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN) by taking a look at some notes and nuggets from our college hoops advanced stats research team (a group we call the "Stats in the Paint" team).

(2) Syracuse at Connecticut, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN

When Syracuse has the ball: Watch for the Orange to take advantage of turnovers. Syracuse scores 21.4 points per game off turnovers this season, which leads all major-conference schools. The Orange score 1.24 points for every turnover that their opponents commit, which is the most among major-conference schools. Their percentage of points off turnovers also leads among Big Six teams this season.

When Connecticut has the ball: Which Huskies team will show up? Connecticut is shooting 60.0 percent in transition in its seven Big East wins this season and 46.2 percent in its eight conference losses.

Jeremy Lamb is shooting 49.5 percent against man defense in Big East play and 36.5 percent against zone defense. Lamb will have to deal with a Syracuse zone defense that's tops in the nation forcing 12.0 turnovers per game and is fifth in opponents' field goal percentage at 35.0.

Saturday’s Other Notable Matchups

Vanderbilt at (1) Kentucky, Noon ET

Key stat: Kentucky's Anthony Davis has 133 blocks and is averaging 4.8 blocks per game this season, both of which lead the nation. Davis has kept 99 of his 133 blocks inbounds this season, leading to 72 Kentucky points. He also has 81 dunks this season, more than the rest of the Kentucky team combined (61). The Wildcats are also seeking their 51st straight win at home.

(3) Missouri at (5) Kansas, 4 p.m. ET

Key stat: Missouri is 8-1 this season in games decided by nine or fewer points while Kansas is 6-4. Kansas is 20-0 this season when it holds opponents to less than a point per possession; the Jayhawks are 3-5 when they don’t. Kansas allowed a season-high 1.10 points per possession against Missouri on Feb. 4.

(7) North Carolina at Virginia, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN

Key stat: Virginia’s opponents average 60.7 possessions per game this season, the fourth fewest in the nation, but the Tar Heels average 73.2 possessions per game, ninth most in the country according to North Carolina has scored 543 points in transition this season, the fourth most in the nation. The Cavaliers trail only Ohio State when it comes to allowing the fewest points per 100 possessions this season.

Monday recap: Lamb key in UConn victory

February, 21, 2012
Player of the Night Jeremy Lamb
This was supposed to be Lamb’s season, but the preseason All-American was averaging just 15.6 points per game in Big East play coming into last night. Shabazz Napier may have hit the big shot, but Lamb was the key to Connecticut’s 73-70 overtime win over Villanova. He scored a career-high 32 points, as the Huskies rallied from an 18-point deficit.

Scoring Star - Parker Smith
Smith scored a school-record 46 points as North Florida beat Mercer 75-66. It’s the second-most points scored in a game this season behind only Kevin Murphy’s 50. It also tied an Atlantic Sun record for a conference game. Coming off a 1-for-11 performance from 3-point range on Saturday, Smith went 11-for-17 from beyond the arc. That’s the most 3s in a game this season.

Freshman of the Night – Amir Garrett
Garrett entered Monday as the sixth leading scorer for St. John's, and lowest scorer in the all-freshman starting lineup. But in a 79-72 win over DePaul, Garrett poured in a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Maybe it has something to do with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. Garrett was a 22nd-round pick of the Reds, who gave him a $1 million signing bonus.

Record Breaker – Antwan Carter
Longwood came up short in a 66-52 loss to Norfolk State, but the Lancers got a new all-time leading scorer in the process. Antwan Carter scored 19 points to give him 1,808 for his career. That surpassed Kevin Jefferson’s school record. A more familiar name is third on that list: Former Portland Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey.

Free Throw Star – Pierre Jackson
Jackson scored 18 of his career-high 25 points in the second half as Baylor overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Texas 77-72. Jackson went 6-for-6 from the line in the final 30 seconds to seal the win. He hit all 12 of his free throws on the night.

Connecticut's continuing offensive issues

February, 1, 2012
The Connecticut Huskies, coming off a season-low 48 points Saturday in its loss to Notre Dame, takes to the road Wednesday night (7 ET, ESPN2) in hopes of solving its offensive problems against No. 14 Georgetown Hoyas.

The Huskies have lost three consecutive games and averaged just 57.3 points in those losses. They have struggled in particular during this streak to score in the half court, shooting 41 percent and averaging less than 50 points, a result of their inability to get the ball into the paint in their half-court sets.

In conference games, Connecticut has gotten a paint touch on 46 percent of its half-court plays, shot 53 percent and averaged nearly a point per play. When the Huskies don’t get the ball inside, they struggle to score. They average just .65 points per plays and shoot less than 35 percent. Adding to the situation, UConn is more careful with the ball when its gets paint touches. The Huskies turn over the ball nearly 25 percent of the time when they run their half-court offense but don’t get a paint touch. That drops to less than 10 percent when they get the ball in the paint.

UConn’s frontcourt of Alex Oriakhi and Andre Drummond should benefit the most when the team gets the ball into the paint, and they do – when they make their shots. But when they have struggled to score, Connecticut has suffered. Oriakhi and Drummond’s shooting percentage is .500 (15 for 30) in Connecticut’s four conference wins, but only .259 (7 for 27) in the Huskies’ four conference losses.

Sophomore Jeremy Lamb benefits the most when the ball goes into the paint. He’s shooting 52 percent and averaging 1.06 points per play in Big East games in Connecticut’s half-court offense. But Lamb has been even more effective when the Huskies get a paint touch. When that happens, Lamb is shooting 66 percent, averaging nearly 1.3 points per play. However, Lamb’s shooting percentage drops to 44 percent in the half court when Connecticut doesn’t get a paint touch.