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Assist Charts 2010-11: Greg Monroe

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



Field goal Amount
McGrady 7
Stuckey 14
Bynum 5
Gordon 14
Hamilton 13
Prince 21
Daye 5
Summers 2
Wilcox 15
Villanueva 6
Maxiell 1
Wallace 3

Per 36 minutes with each player


Field goal Minutes together Amount per 36 minutes together
McGrady 1204 0.21
Stuckey 1131 0.45
Bynum 582 0.31
Gordon 1105 0.46
Hamilton 778 0.60
Prince 1488 0.51
Daye 673 0.27
Summers 117 0.62
Wilcox 572 0.94
Villanueva 650 0.33
Maxiell 202 0.18
Wallace 378 0.29

What we learned

Adjusted for time playing with each teammate, Greg Monroe assisted Chris Wilcox most often. Chris Wilcox! Yes, the same Wilcox who plays power forward and doesn’t really create his own shot often.

That’s Monroe’s Princeton-style roots on display. He often found Wilcox on cuts, and I hope that Pistons take advantage of Monroe’s ability to make that pass more often next year – whether it’s to Wilcox or someone else.

Assists to Player



Assist Amount
McGrady 47
Stuckey 35
Bynum 7
Gordon 22
Hamilton 21
Prince 14
Daye 6
Summers 0
Wilcox 9
Villanueva 4
Maxiell 1
Wallace 5
None 132

Per 36 minutes with each player


Assist Minutes together Amount per 36 minutes together
McGrady 1204 1.41
Stuckey 1131 1.11
Bynum 582 0.43
Gordon 1105 0.72
Hamilton 778 0.97
Prince 1488 0.34
Daye 673 0.32
Summers 117 0.00
Wilcox 572 0.57
Villanueva 650 0.22
Maxiell 202 0.18
Wallace 378 0.48
None 2222 2.14

What we learned

To nobody’s surprise, Tracy McGrady assisted Monroe most often. Monroe didn’t become involved in the Pistons’ designed scoring until he became a pick-and-roll partner for McGrady midway through the season. Once he did, that became a staple both players.

But I was a bit surprised to see Rodney Stuckey also assisted Monroe fairly often, too.

By the way, don’t be fooled by that high percentage of unassisted baskets by Monroe. Most of those came on putbacks. He was still heavily reliant on teammates to set him up.



  • Aug 29, 201111:31 am
    by brgulker


    This reinforces my feeling that the Pistons should try to bring Wilcox back on a contract similar to what he has. I can’t imagine the market for him will be huge, and given the FAs available combined with our salary profile, Wilcox is probably the best bang for the buck (assuming he’s this year’s Wilcox not last year’s).

    • Aug 29, 20113:26 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      I agree 100 percent. I would love to see Wilcox back. And I can’t believe I just typed that sentence.

    • Aug 29, 20114:54 pm
      by Dan Feldman


      I agree that Wilcox was a bargain. I’m not ready to bring him back on a two-year deal, because I think there’s a decent chance he won’t play hard until his contract year. I’m guessing he gets a two-year offer elsewhere and takes that.

      Also, after the boycott, there was  a report Wilcox is known for oversleeping. Even if you can get this year’s production from him next year, I’m not sold he’s the type of player who’s worth the trouble.

      Also I wanted to respond to your shot-creation point on David Lee and Charlie Villanueva way back when but never got around to it. Percentage of field goals assisted is just part of the story. Here are last year’s numbers:

      Villanueva: 6 percent
      Lee: 14 percent 

      At the time, Lee hadn’t shown evidence he could score more than he without his efficiency dropping considerably. A majority of the time, he shot just when he knew he had a great chance of making a shot (setup by a teammate and putbacks).

      Of course, he’s developed more of a jumper since 2009, but who could have seen that coming?

      • Aug 29, 20115:19 pm
        by brgulker


        I could say that I did, but it would sound full of hindsight bias… but, at the admitted risk of hindsight bias, I saw it coming. He had the tools.

        Charlie V: can create shots, but misses lots of them. Plays bad D. Doesn’t rebound well.

        David Lee: suspect shot creation, but good shot selection. Makes lots of his shots. Plays bad D. Rebounds better.

        To me, the choice is as clear now as it was then. David Lee was the better player, is the better player, and will be the better player for the rest of his career. Shot creation isn’t valuable if the player creating the shots 1) misses too many of them and/or 2) has terrible shot selection. 

        Kobe’s ability to jump over two defenders and shoot a fadeaway turnaround has no value in and of itself. That ability only has value if he has the capacity to make lots of those shots. Anyone can miss. Literally. No matter how pretty that miss looks, it’s still a miss.

  • Aug 30, 20114:38 pm
    by JT's Hoops Blog


    Just look at the Black Gap in those pie charts.  It’s disgusting.  If anyone needed touches, it would have to have been Greg Monroe.  He’s a young up and coming Big Man who is a very efficient offensive player when given a ball.  It’s such a sad shame that he’s on a team full of ballhogs.

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