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Assist Charts 2010-11: Chris Wilcox

This is the latest installment of a series called “Assist Charts.” For each of the 13 Pistons who played this year, I’m going to show whom they assisted and who assisted them.

Each post will be divided into two sections: Player assists to and Assists from player. Player assists to shows who the featured player assisted. Assists from player shows who assisted the featured player.

Each section will display two pie graphs and corresponding tables. One graph and table will show totals, and the other set will show per 36 minutes.

All the graphs and tables are color-coded with a specific color assigned to each player throughout the series. Point guards are blue. Shooting guards are orange. Small forwards are green. Power forwards are red. Centers are yellow.

Player assists to

Total

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Field goal Amount
McGrady 5
Stuckey 5
Bynum 2
Gordon 9
Hamilton 5
Prince 4
Daye 3
Summers 0
Villanueva 1
Maxiell 0
Monroe 9
Wallace 0

Per 36 minutes with each player

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Field goal Minutes together Amount per 36 minutes together
McGrady 443 0.41
Stuckey 454 0.40
Bynum 365 0.20
Gordon 516 0.63
Hamilton 305 0.59
Prince 598 0.24
Daye 365 0.30
Summers 16 0.00
Villanueva 307 0.12
Maxiell 21 0.00
Monroe 572 0.57
Wallace 15 0.00

What we learned

Chris Wilcox didn’t assist any player more than he did Greg Monroe. Obviously, that’s a tad misleading, because Wilcox played more with Monroe than any Piston besides Tayshaun Prince.

But besides his assists to shooters Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon, Wilcox assisted Greg Monroe most often per 36 minutes on the court together. That interior-to-interior passing really showed up unexpectedly late in the season.

Assists to Player

Total

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Assist Amount
McGrady 17
Stuckey 23
Bynum 25
Gordon 8
Hamilton 18
Prince 12
Daye 4
Summers 0
Villanueva 5
Maxiell 0
Monroe 15
Wallace 1
None 59

Per 36 minutes with each player

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Assist Minutes together Amount per 36 minutes together
McGrady 443 1.38
Stuckey 454 1.82
Bynum 365 2.47
Gordon 516 0.56
Hamilton 305 2.12
Prince 598 0.72
Daye 365 0.39
Summers 16 0.00
Villanueva 307 0.59
Maxiell 21 0.00
Monroe 572 0.94
Wallace 15 2.40
None 995 2.13

What we learned

Chris Wilcox played the part of the traditional big man in pick-and-rolls, and that’s why I think point guards Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey assisted him most. Wilcox was active cutting to the basket, which explains all his assists from Ben Wallace and Greg Monroe.

But I was pretty surprised to see Richard Hamilton assisted Wilcox so often. I don’t recall Hamilton setting up Wilcox often, and similar players Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye didn’t assist Wilcox much. Can anyone explain why Hamilton assisted Wilcox so often?

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6 Comments

  • Aug 16, 20114:02 pm
    by neutes

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    Hamilton routinely averages over 4 assists per game for his career. Seems like most of his assists go to big men after he comes off screens and gets the defense to bite after receiving the ball. Also I think it’s safe to say that without Hamilton the Pistons alley-oop quotient would plummet. I have no idea how many the Pistons had but it’s safe to say Hamilton tossed up over half of them.

  • Aug 16, 20114:07 pm
    by RyanK

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    Chris Wilcox is an athletic freak for his size.  His hustle changed a lot of games last season even when his stats didn’t reflect a big contribution.  There were nights when he put up big numbers, but other nights he didn’t and that doesn’t mean he wasn’t helping the team in a big way.  I don’t think the stats reflect his contribution.
     
    In my opinion Wilcox is a contract player.  He worked hard out there last season…it was a contract year for him.  His impact was great, but it was a result of hustle, strength, and athletic ability…not fundamental basketball skill.  If he had a work ethic, he would have develop fundamentals.  Instead he’s using his great physical gifts to be an NBA player.
     
    I never watch Wilcox before he came to Detroit.  Perhaps Kuester didn’t utilize his fundamentals properly…kind of like Monroe was used as a hustle guy more than a skilled guy.  But from what I see, with him taking most of the season off (injuries), and working so hard this year (contract year), I think he’s lazy and has made a fantastic living off natural tools.  Too bad…there’s no telling how good he could have been if he would have worked hard enough to reach his potential.

  • Aug 16, 20114:26 pm
    by alex

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    Hamilton, though used infrequently like this, is a very good passer when he is isolated with the ball.  Both big men and guards cutting the basket get good passes from him when he’s isolated on the wing.

  • Aug 16, 20115:03 pm
    by Jacob

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    In these assist charts it’s really surprising to me how few assists guys got. Were the Pistons one of the lower assisting teams in the league? I guess I can see that considering how many possessions it seems ended in an isolation play. I realize that it’s not a fair comparison, but Chris Paul, Steve Nash get as many assists in 5 games as some of our guys got over the whole season. Was this a result of not having a “pure” point guard/good playmaker or was Q’s offense just stagnant and uncreative? That would be depressing since he was supposed to be an offensive coach. Either way guys’ assists seem pretty low.

    • Aug 16, 20115:14 pm
      by neutes

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      The Pistons were actually 17th in assists, and when you consider they were 28th in pace that’s not too bad. It had nothing to do all that much with not having a pure PG as Rip, Stuckey, Mcgrady, and Bynum were all willing to pass the ball. Dan’s really only went over the bottom rung of the roster so far. Once he gets to the above guys it’ll probably look better.

      • Aug 16, 20117:08 pm
        by Jacob

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        True. It will look better when we get to Rip, Stuckey, T-Mac. I do think that in the half-court we relied far too much on isolation offense. But you’re right 17th is not all that bad considering pace. Also, many of the guys Dan has gone over had such intermittent PT, long stretches of DNP-CDs, etc. that I guess I can’t expect their assist numbers to be that decent.

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