Tuesday, July 25, 2017

WNBA 2017: 10-week (ASG) Report Card

The calendar may have ordained it the FOUR-teenth, but the second Friday of July sure felt like a Bad Luck Day for the WNBA and its fan base. Two of the summer loop’s brightest young veterans – the top two picks in the draft just four years ago – went down and stayed down until assisted from the floor. Washington Mystic fans had yet to begin breathing normally in front of their screens from Elena Della Donne’s faulty ankle when promising guard Taylor Hill was lost for the season to an ACL injury.

The Phoenix Mercury crowd got their double-whammy all at once early in the fourth quarter, as WNBA leading scorer Brittney Griner collapsed to a grotesquely twisted ankle, but reached for her knee, which was determined to have sustained a bone bruise. She’s expected to miss a month.

Mishaps, in the form of both injury as well as sub-par play, have always been a part of basketball. In-game errors – which were indeed first called Errors in the early days of the old ABA – are now called Turnovers and have been an official game stat for about 50 years.

Through 10 weeks and 122 ballgames, WNBA play has generated 18, 942 possessions (77.6 per team per game) and 3,168 TO’s (12.98 per team per game). Thus, one of every six possessions (.167) has ended not with a field goal attempt and/or trip to the foul line, but rather an offensive error of some sort.

It seems a no-brainer that limiting one own TO’s and inducing opponent errors would constitute successful play, huh? So just how frequently does the teams that wins the Turnover battle actually win the game? Does TO superiority provide as much advantage as, say, Homecourt?

Well, Home teams have won 71 games and lost 51 (.582).

The team who took better care of the ball won 72 times while losing only 43 (.626) – seven games resulted in equal TO’s.

Playoff Peek

While Cheryl Reeve’s Minnesota Lynx dynasty rolls on, a couple of pretty good races seem to be shaping up for the now-coveted No. 2 and No. 4 seeds for the post-season. Under the format adopted in 2016, the top two finishers are spared the dangerous one-and-done “guillotine” rounds entirely, while the “shes” who fall to No. 5 face the prospects of two such showdowns.

The Chicago Sky graded out as the league’s top team for Weeks 9 & 10, joining Connecticut (Weeks 5 & 6) and Phoenix (Weeks 3 & 4, tie) as the only dark clouds to the Minny-glow.


The following rankings reflect play through Thursday, July 20. An explanation of the criteria is available here. An index of the season’s bi-weekly ratings is available here.


No. 1 Minnesota Lynx, 16-2 (8)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 1
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 1
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 1
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 1]

KK:  +7; (8 Road Wins – 1 Home Loss) / No. 1 overall
Flow:  +4.83; (44.6 stops OF opp [No. 2] – 39.7 stops BY opp [No. 2] / No. 1 overall
Striping:  +0.33; (+1.22) conversions [No.3] – (+0.89) opp conversions [No. 6] / No. 5 overall
SPOR-t:  +121; (637 [No. 1] – 516 [No. 2]) / No. 1 overall

Abacus Revelation: The best Offensive Rebounding (.316) team in the “W” are the third-best (.474) shooters.

No. 2 Washington Mystics, 12-9 (14)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 2
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 3
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 4
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 2]

KK:  +2; (4 Road Wins – 2 Home Losses) / No. 4 overall
Flow:  +2.05; (43.1 stops OF opp [No. 4] – 41.1 stops BY opp [No. 3] / No. 4 overall
Striping:  +0.67; (+2.14) conversions [No. 1] – (+1.48) opp conversions [No. 12] / No. 2 overall
SPOR-t:  +26; (579 [No. 3] – 553 [No. 6]) / No. 4 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Mystics top the league in both three-point usage (.323) and TO% (.120).


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Masters of the Craft (Part 1)

Which teams are performing the rudimentary skills of the game most proficiently at both ends of the floor? Let’s consider six elements of play: FG shooting, three-point shooting, Points per Game, Offensive Rebounding, the matter of turnovers and the SPOR-t score of our ratings. These teams hold a Top Four rank offensively and defensively:

FG%: NONE
3FG%: Minnesota
PPG: Los Angeles, Minnesota
OR%: Minnesota, New York
TO%: Atlanta
SPOR-t: Connecticut, Minnesota


No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks, 14-6 (18.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 8
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 5
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 5
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 5]

KK:  +4; (5 Road Wins – 1 Home Loss) / No. 2 overall (tied)
Flow:  +2.70; (41.7 stops OF opp [No. 7] – 39.0 stops BY opp [No. 1] / No. 2 overall
Striping:  -0.20; (+1.08) conversions [No. 6] – (+1.28) opp conversions [No. 10]) / No. 8 overall
SPOR-t:  +3; (566 [No. 5] – 563 [No. 7]) / No. 6 overall

Abacus Revelation: LA ranks No. 2 in opponent per-game scoring, yet No. 9 in FG and 3FG defense. How?

No. 4 Connecticut Sun, 9-7 (19)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 11
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 7
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 3
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 4]

KK:  +4; (7 Road Wins – 3 Home Losses) / No. 2 overall (tied)
Flow:  +0.33; (41.5 stops OF opp [No. 8] – 41.1 stops BY opp [No. 5] / No. 7 overall
Striping:  0.00; (+1.10) conversions [No. 4] – (+1.10) conversions [No. 8] / No. 6 overall (tied)
SPOR-t:  +71; (611 [No. 2] – 540 [No. 4]) / No. 3 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Sun’s five missed FTs per game dubiously tops the league.

No. 5 Phoenix Mercury, 11-9 (23)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 7
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 2
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 2
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 3]

KK:  -1; (5 Road Win – 6 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)-4
Flow:  +1.45; (42.9 stops OF opp [No. 7] – 41.5 stops BY opp [No. 2] / No. 5 overall
Striping:  +0.50; (+0.95) conversions [No. 6] – (+0.45) opp conversions [No. 3] / No. 3 overall (tied)
SPOR-t:  -1; (535 [No. 10] – 536 [No. 3]) / No. 7 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Mercury have been a better team on the road (5-3) than at home (6-6).


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Scoring Pace 27 games [122 overall]

100+ points: 5 games [11 overall]
90-99 points: 8 games [45 overall]
80-89 points: 20 games [86 overall]
70-79 points: 13 games [70 overall]
60-69 points: 6 games [25 overall]
<60 points: 2 games [7 overall]


No. 6 Atlanta Dream, 9-11 (25)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 4
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 4
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 7
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 7]

KK:  0; (3 Road Wins – 3 Home Losses) / No. 5 overall
Flow:  +2.05; (44.7 stops OF opp [No. 1] – 42.7 stops BY opp [No. 19] / No. 3 overall
Striping:  -1.22; [-0.47) conversions [No. 12] – (+0.75) conversions [No. 3] / No. 12 overall
SPOR-t:  +5; (548 [No. 7] – 543 [No. 5]) / No. 5 overall

Abacus Revelation: The worst three-point shooters in the league hit for 40% over the last two weeks. Go figure!

No. 7 New York Liberty, 10-9 (26.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 5
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 7
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 6
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 6]

KK: -10; (3 Road Wins – 4 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)-4
Flow:  +1.00; (43.3 stops OF opp [No. 3] – 42.3 stops BY opp [No. 8] / No. 6 overall
Striping:  -0.68; (+0.37) conversions [No. 10] – (+1.05) opp conversions [No. 7] / No. 11 overall
SPOR-t:  +73; (568 [No. 4] – 495 [No. 1]) / No. 2 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Liberty have led the “W” in FG defense (.403) for nearly two months.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Scoring Differential 27 games [122 overall]

1-5 points: 5 games [26 overall]
6-10 points: 7 games [44 overall]
11-15 points: 7 games [23 overall]
16-20 points:  4 games [13 overall]
>20:  4 games [16 overall]


No. 8 Chicago Sky, 8-13 (27.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 11
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 10
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 10
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 10]

KK:  -1; (6 Road Wins – 7 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)-4
Flow:  -2.95; (42.0 stops OF opp [No. 6] – 45.0 stops BY opp [No. 12] / No. 9 overall
Striping:  +0.95; (+1.10) conversions [No. 4] – (+0.14) opp conversions [No. 1] / No. 1 overall
SPOR-t:  -47; (546 [No. 9] – 593 [No. 9]) / No. 10 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Sky increased their per game scoring by 15 points during Weeks 9 & 10.

No. 9 Seattle Storm, 9-11 (33.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 9
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 5
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 9
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 8]

KK:  -4; (2 Road Wins – 6 Home Losses) / No. 11 overall
Flow:  -0.15; (40.7 stops OF opp [No. 9] – 40.9 stops BY opp [No. 3] / No. 8 overall
Striping:  +0.50; (+1.98) conversions [No. 2] - (+1.48) opp conversions [No. 11] / No. 3 overall (tied)
SPOR-t:  -82; (517 [No. 11] – 599 [No. 10]) / No. 11 overall

Abacus Revelation: The dead-eye Storm hit 51% of their FG attempts during Weeks 9 & 10.

No. 10 Dallas Wings, 10-12 (35)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 3
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 9
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 8
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 9]

KK:  -1; (4 Road Wins – 5 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)-4
Flow:  -3.59; (40.6 stops OF opp [No. 10] – 44.2 stops BY opp [No. 11] / No. 12 overall
Striping:  0.00; (+0.66) conversions [No. 9] – (+0.66) conversions [No. 4] / No. 6 overall (tied)
SPOR-t:  -40; (562 [No. 6] – 602 [No. 11]) / No. 9 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Wings play the highest scoring games in the league, 173.4 combined ppg.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Masters of the Craft (Part 2)

Are not the exceptionally inept worthy of some recognition? Here are the teams that hold a Bottom Four offensive and defensive ranking in our key elements of play: FG shooting, three-point shooting, PPG, Offensive Rebounding, Turnovers and SPOR-t.

FG%: Dallas
3FG%: Dallas, Indiana
PPG: Chicago, Indiana
OR%: Los Angeles, Seattle
TO%: Chicago, Seattle
SPOR-t: Chicago, Indiana, Seattle


No. 11 San Antonio Stars, 3-18 (39)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 12
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 11
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 12
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 12]

KK:  -7; (1 Road Win – 8 Home Losses) / No. 12 overall
Flow:  -3.10; (40.1 stops OF opp [No. 11] – 43.2 stops BY opp [No. 10] / No. 10 overall
Striping:  -0.43; (+0.19) conversions [No. 11] – (+0.62) opp conversions [No. 3] / No. 9 overall
SPOR-t:  -34; (547 [No. 8] – 581 [No. 8]) / No. 8 overall

Abacus Revelation: The spunky Stars outplayed the other guys by four possessions a game over the last two weeks.

No. 12 Indiana Fever, 8-13 (43)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 6
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 12
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 11
8-week Abacus Rank: No. 11]

KK:  -2; (3 Road Wins – 5 Home Losses) / No. 10 overall
Flow:  -3.38; (38.4 stops OF opp [No. 12] – 41.8 stops BY opp [No. 7] / No. 11 overall
Striping:  -0.45; (+0.79) conversions [No. 8] – (+1.24) conversions [No. 9] / No. 10 overall
SPOR-t:  -93; (512 [No. 12] – 605 [No. 12]) / No. 12 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Fever rank third in the league in forcing TO’s (.160).


Abacus Revelation for the Road / Random Ranking – Points per Shot (FGA) Differential

Through 122 games, the WNBA has scored 19,956 points while attempting 16,381 field goals – a rate of 121.8 points per 100 shots.

Seattle +14.8 points per 100 shots [132.7 (No. 1) – 117.9 (No. 5)]
Minnesota +14.5 points per 100 shots [128.5 (No. 3) – 114.0 (No. 1)]
Los Angeles +10.6 points per 100 shots [130.7 (No. 2) – 120.1 (No. 8)]
Phoenix +5.6 points per 100 shots [125.6 (No. 4) – 120.0 (No. 7)]
Washington +5.4 points per 100 shots [119.4 (No. 7) – 114.0 (No. 2)]
New York +0.3 points per 100 shots [116.2 (No. 9) – 115.9 (No. 3)]
Chicago -1.2 points per 100 shots [115.8 (No. 11) – 117.0 (No. 4)]
Atlanta -3.2 points per 100 shots [115.9 (No. 10) – 119.1 (No. 6)]
Connecticut -5.1 points per 100 shots [119.5 (No. 6) – 124.6 (No. 9)]
Dallas -9.0 points per 100 shots [121.4 (No. 5) – 130.4 (No. 11)]
San Antonio -13.4 points per 100 shots [111.3 (No. 12) – 124.7 (No. 10)]
Indiana -15.3 points per 100 shots [117.2 (No. 8) – 132.5 (No. 12)]

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

WNBA 2017: 8-Week Progress Report

Weeks 7 and 8 of WNBA 2017 offered little in terms of truly competitive basketball – not a single of of the 23 games played was decided by fewer than five points. Additionally, five separate teams allowed their opponents to shoot 40+% from three-point land – unsurprisingly, those teams went a collective 3-8 against the rest of the league.

As a whole, the league is making just over one in three (.335) on its treys, which this season represent just over one in four (.258) of all FG attempts.

Playoff Positioning

While the Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury have been swapping the No. 2 position in these rankings, the new-look, defending champion LA Sparks sport a better record and hold two victories apiece over both in the race for the coveted No. 2 playoff seed. Under the “W’s” geographically neutral post-season format, only the top two seeds are spared the single-game “guillotine” rounds.

The contenders would be wise not to sleep on the surprising Connecticut Sun. The absence of stud Chiney Ogwumike triggered an 0-4 start, but Curt Miller’s ladies have notched a dozen victories thereafter, including handing the peerless Lynx their only defeat – on their home floor, to boot.

The following rankings reflect play through Friday, July 7. An explanation of the criteria is available hereAn index of the season's b-weekly rankings is available here.


No. 1 Minnesota Lynx, 13-1 (9)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 1
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 1
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 1]

KK:  +6; (7 Road Wins – 1 Home Loss) / No. 1 overall
Flow:  +5.07; (44.3 stops OF opp [No. 1] – 39.2 stops BY opp [No. 2] / No. 1 overall
Striping:  +0.25; (+1.14) conversions [No. 4] – (+0.89) opp conversions [No. 8] / No. 6 overall
SPOR-t:  +152; (646 [No. 1] – 494 [No. 1]) / No. 1 overall

Abacus Revelation: Through 14 games, the Lynx have outscored the opposition by 15.3 points per 100 possessions.


No. 2 Washington Mystics, 10-7 (13.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 2
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 3
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 4]

KK:  +1; (3 Road Wins – 2 Home Losses) / No. 4 overall (tied)
Flow:  +3.00; (43.1 stops OF opp [No. 4] – 40.1 stops BY opp [No. 3] / No. 3 overall
Striping:  +0.53; (+2.12) conversions [No. 1] – (+1.59) opp conversions [No. 12] / No. 3 overall
SPOR-t:  +45; (591 [No. 3] – 546 [No. 6]) / No. 3 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Mystics are outscoring their opponents by 5 points a game at the free throw line on the season.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Masters of the Craft (Part 1)

Which teams are performing the rudimentary skills of the game most proficiently at both ends of the floor? Let’s consider six elements of play: FG shooting, three-point shooting, Points per Game, Offensive Rebounding, the matter of turnovers and the SPOR-t score of our ratings. These teams hold a Top Four rank offensively and defensively:

FG%: NONE
3FG%: Minnesota
PPG: Los Angeles, Minnesota
OR%: Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington
TO%: Atlanta, Indiana
SPOR-t: Connecticut, Minnesota


No. 3 Phoenix Mercury, 9-6 (14.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 7
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 2
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 2]

KK:  +1; (5 Road Win – 4 Home Losses) / No. 4 overall (tied)
Flow:  +2.87; (43.3 stops OF opp [No. 3] – 40.5 stops BY opp [No. 4] / No. 4 overall
Striping:  +0.60; (+0.90) conversions [No. 6] – (+0.30) opp conversions [No. 3] / No. 1 overall
SPOR-t:  +14; (553 [No. 7] – 539 [No. 5]) / No. 5 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Mercury lead the league in defending the three-ball (.291).


No. 4 Connecticut Sun, 9-7 (17)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 11
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 7
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 3]

KK:  +3; (6 Road Wins – 3 Home Losses) / No. 3 overall
Flow:  +0.38; (41.6 stops OF opp [No. 6] – 41.2 stops BY opp [No. 7] / No. 7 overall
Striping:  +0.47; (+1.22) conversions [No. 3] – (+0.75) conversions [No. 6] / No. 5 overall
SPOR-t:  +93; (619 [No. 2] – 526 [No. 3]) / No. 2 overall

Abacus Revelation: Over the past four weeks, the Sun have made exactly half (318-636) their FG attempts (73-161, .453, from beyond the arc.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Scoring Pace 23 games [95 overall]

100+ points: 1 games [6 overall]
90-99 points: 7 games [37 overall]
80-89 points: 19 games [66 overall]
70-79 points: 12 games [57 overall]
60-69 points: 5 games [19 overall]
<60 points: 2 games [5 overall]


No. 5 Los Angeles Sparks, 12-4 (19)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 8
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 5
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 5]

KK:  +5; (5 Road Wins – 0 Home Losses) / No. 2 overall
Flow:  +3.19; (41.03 stops OF opp [No. 7] – 38.1 stops BY opp [No. 1] / No. 2 overall
Striping:  -0.09; (+0.94) conversions [No. 5] – (+1.03) opp conversions [No. 9]) / No. 8 overall
SPOR-t:  -5; (575 [No. 4] – 580 [No. 7]) / No. 7 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Sparks’ loss in Minnesota last week was just the third time they’d shot below 30% on threes this season – two of them losses.


No. 6 New York Liberty, 8-7 (27.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 5
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 7
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 6]

KK:  0; (3 Road Wins – 3 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)
Flow:  +0.60; (42.8 stops OF opp [No. 5] – 42.2 stops BY opp [No. 8] / No. 6 overall
Striping:  -0.60; (+0.23) conversions [No. 10] – (+0.83) opp conversions [No. 7] / No. 11 overall
SPOR-t:  +39; (555 [No. 6] – 516 [No. 1]) / No. 4 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Liberty converted less than 42% of their possessions during Weeks 7 & 8.


No. 7 Atlanta Dream, 7-8 (29.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 4
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 4
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 7]

KK:  0; (3 Road Wins – 3 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)
Flow:  +1.40; (44.3 stops OF opp [No. 2] – 42.9 stops BY opp [No. 10] / No. 5 overall
Striping:  -1.27; [-1.07) conversions [No. 12] – (+0.20) conversions [No. 2] / No. 12 overall
SPOR-t:  +6; (538 [No. 8] – 532 [No.4]) / No. 6 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Dream discovered their shooting stroke in the last two weeks (.453, up from .401).


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Scoring Differential 23 games [95 overall]

1-5 points: 0 games [21 overall]
6-10 points: 13 games [37 overall]
11-15 points: 5 games [16 overall]
16-20 points:  1 games [9 overall]
>20:  4 games [12 overall]


No. 8 Seattle Storm, 7-9 (30)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 9
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 5
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 9]

KK:  -2; (2 Road Wins – 4 Home Losses) / No. 10 overall
Flow:  -0.56; (40.2 stops OF opp [No. 9] – 40.8 stops BY opp [No. 6] / No. 8 overall
Striping:  +0.59; (+1.81) conversions [No. 2] - (+1.22) opp conversions [No. 10] / No. 2 overall
SPOR-t:  -78; (522 [No. 11] – 600 [No. 10]) / No. 10 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Storm have attempted exactly as many (314) treys as free throws – and so have their opponents (294). Weird, huh?


No. 9 Dallas Wings, 9-9 (32.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 3
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 9
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 8]

KK:  -1; (4 Road Wins – 5 Home Losses) / No. 8 overall (tied)
Flow:  -2.33; (40.1 stops OF opp [No. 10] – 42.4 stops BY opp [No. 9] / No. 9 overall
Striping:  0.00; (+0.61) conversions [No. 8] – (+0.61) conversions [No. 4] / No. 7 overall
SPOR-t:  -27; (568 [No. 5] – 595 [No. 9]) / No. 8 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Wings ranked Top Three on both backboards for Weeks 7 & 8.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Masters of the Craft (Part 2)

Are not the exceptionally inept worthy of some recognition? Here are the teams that hold a Bottom Four offensive and defensive ranking in our key elements of play: FG shooting, three-point shooting, PPG, Offensive Rebounding, Turnovers and SPOR-t.

FG%: Dallas, San Antonio
3FG%: Indiana
PPG: Chicago, Indiana, San Antonio
OR%: Indiana, Los Angeles, Seattle
TO%: Chicago, Seattle
SPOR-t: Chicago, Indiana, Seattle


No. 10 Chicago Sky, 3-12 (39)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 11
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 10
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 10]

KK:  -4; (3 Road Win – 7 Home Losses) / No. 11 overall
Flow:  -5.33; (40.6 stops OF opp [No. 8] – 45.9 stops BY opp [No. 12] / No. 12 overall
Striping:  +0.50; (+0.47) conversions [No. 9] – (-0.03) opp conversions [No. 1] / No. 4 overall
SPOR-t:  -87; (519 [No. 12] – 606 [No. 11]) / No. 12 overall

Abacus Revelation: Sky opponents shot a sizzling 42% (20 for 48) on threes during Weeks 7 & 8.


No. 11 Indiana Fever, 7-9 (39.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 6
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 12
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 11]

KK:  -1; (2 Road Wins – 3 Home Losses) / No. 8 overall (tied)
Flow:  -2.50; (38.1 stops OF opp [No. 12] – 40.6 stops BY opp [No. 5] / No. 10 overall
Striping:  -0.56; (+0.81) conversions [No. 7] – (+1.38) conversions [No. 11] / No. 10 overall
SPOR-t:  -84; (533 [No. 10] – 617 [No. 12]) / No. 11 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Fever rank dead last in FG defense (.490) and 3FG defense (.376).


No. 12 San Antonio Stars, 1-16 (41)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 12
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 11
6-week Abacus Rank: No. 12]

KK:  -8; (0 Road Wins – 8 Home Losses) / No. 12 overall
Flow:  -4.76; (39.4 stops OF opp [No. 11] – 44.2 stops BY opp [No. 11] / No. 11 overall
Striping:  -0.44; (+0.21) conversions [No. 11] – (+0.65) opp conversions [No. 5] / No. 9 overall
SPOR-t:  -53; (538 [No. 8] – 591 [No. 8]) / No. 9 overall

Abacus Revelation: The old-school Stars are the “W’s” most reluctant three-point shooters.


Abacus Revelation for the Road / Random Ranking – per-game missed three-point shots

Through 95 games, WNBA players have attempted 3,262 three-point shots. They have been off-target on 2,169 of them – an average of 11.4 misses per game per team.

Connecticut 9.38 missed treys [3Par: .233, No. 8]
Indiana 9.56 missed treys [3Par: .211, No. 11]
San Antonio 9.65 missed treys [3Par: .209, No. 12]
Los Angeles 9.81 missed treys [3Par: .248, No. 6]
Chicago 9.93 missed treys [3Par: .215, No. 10]
Minnesota 10.43 missed treys [3Par: .242, No. 7]
New York 11.53 missed treys [3Par: .252, No. 5]
Atlanta 11.87 missed treys [3Par: .230, No. 9]
Seattle 12.63 missed treys [3Par: .316, No. 2]
Dallas 13.44 missed treys [3Par: .285, No. 4]
Phoenix 13.47 missed treys [3Par: .309, No. 3]
Washington 14.88 missed treys [3Par: .318, No. 1]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

WNBA 2017: 6-Week Progress Report


As the WNBA soars into its third decade – Hip, Hip, Hooray! – the scoring charts are topped by two of the tallest players: 6’8” Britney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury (23.1 ppg) and Minnesota’s 6’6” Sylvia Fowles (20.9 ppg). The Top Ten also includes the “length” of Tina Charles, EDD and Stewie as well as a 6’2” package of extraordinary athleticism named Nneka.

Curiously, despite the presence of all these impactful “Bigs” and more, the ladies of the WNBA as a whole are emulating their NBA brethren in their liberal use of the three-point shot. This season’s overall usage rate of .256 is the highest it’s been since 2012 and has been exceeded in only three of the circuit’s first 20 campaigns.

Perhaps fittingly, Sun sophomore post Jonquell Jones (52.9%) and Lynx power forward Rebekkah Brunson (50.0%) are the WNBA’s most accurate long-distance snipers.

The following rankings reflect play through Friday, June 23. An explanation of the criteria is available here. An index of the season's b-weekly rankings is available here.


No. 1 Minnesota Lynx, 10-1 (11)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 1
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 1]

KK:  +5; (6 Road Wins – 1 Home Loss) / No. 1 overall
Flow:  +6.09; (45.5 stops OF opp [No. 1] – 39.5 stops BY opp [No. 2] / No. 1 overall
Striping:  -0.18; (+1.00) conversions [No. 4] – (+1.18) opp conversions [No. 8] / No. 8 overall
SPOR-t:  +152; (646 [No. 1] – 494 [No. 1]) / No. 1 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Lynx rank in the bottom third of the “W” in defending the 3-ball, yielding 10 out of 22 to Connecticut in their sole loss.


No. 2 Phoenix Mercury, 7-5 (15.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 7
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 2]

KK:  +1; (4 Road Win – 3 Home Losses) / No. 4 overall (tied)
Flow:  +2.00; (43.8 stops OF opp [No. 3] – 41.8 stops BY opp [No. 7] / No. 3 overall
Striping:  +0.58; (+0.71) conversions [No. 6] – (+0.13) opp conversions [No. 3] / No. 3 overall
SPOR-t:  +14; (527 [No. 9] – 513 [No. 2]) / No. 5 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Mercury were the league’s best Offensive Rebounding team (.299) during Weeks 5 & 6.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Masters of the Craft (Part 1)

Which teams are performing the rudimentary skills of the game most proficiently at both ends of the floor? Let’s consider six elements of play: FG shooting, three-point shooting, Points per Game, Offensive Rebounding, the matter of turnovers and the SPOR-t score of our ratings. These teams hold a Top Four rank offensively and defensively:

FG%: Minnesota
3FG%: NONE
PPG: Los Angeles, Minnesota
OR%: Connecticut, Minnesota
TO%: Atlanta
SPOR-t: Connecticut, Minnesota, New York


No. 3 Connecticut Sun, 6-5 (16.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 11
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 7]

KK:  +2; (4 Road Wins – 2 Home Losses) / No. 2 overall (tied)
Flow:  +0.45; (42.3 stops OF opp [No. 4] – 41.8 stops BY opp [No. 8] / No. 8 overall
Striping:  +0.45; (+1.09) conversions [No. 3] – (+0.64) conversions [No. 5] / No. 4 overall
SPOR-t:  +98; (611 [No. 2] – 513 [No. 2]) / No. 2 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Sun have shot 3’s at a 40+% rate in 6 of their 11 games.


No. 4 Washington Mystics, 7-5 (17)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 2
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 3]

KK:  0; (2 Road Wins – 2 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)-3
Flow:  +1.75; (41.3 stops OF opp [No. 6] – 39.6 stops BY opp [No. 3] / No. 4 overall
Striping:  +0.67; (+2.17) conversions [No. 1] – (+1.50) opp conversions [No. 11] / No. 2 overall
SPOR-t:  +31; (601 [No. 3] – 570 [No. 6]) / No. 4 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Mystics hustle their way to over 10 OR’s per game.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Scoring Pace 24 games [72 overall]

100+ points: 2 games [5 overall]
90-99 points: 12 games [30 overall]
80-89 points: 19 games [47 overall]
70-79 points: 12 games [45 overall]
60-69 points: 1 games [14 overall]
<60 points: 2 games [3 overall]


No. 5 Los Angeles Sparks, 8-3 (20.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 8
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 5]

KK:  +2; (2 Road Wins – 0 Home Losses) / No. 2 overall (tied)
Flow:  +2.91; (41.0 stops OF opp [No. 7] – 38.1 stops BY opp [No. 1] / No. 2 overall
Striping:  -0.47; (+0.77) conversions [No. 5] – (+1.18) opp conversions [No. 8]) / No. 9 overall
SPOR-t:  -7; (568 [No. 5] – 575 [No. 7]) / No. 7 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Sparks are the league’s most accurate shooters (.488).


No. 6 New York Liberty, 7-5 (27)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 5
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 7]

KK:  -1; (2 Road Wins – 3 Home Losses) / No. 9 overall
Flow:  +1.33; (42.3 stops OF opp [No. 5] – 40.9 stops BY opp [No. 6] / No. 5 overall
Striping:  -0.62; (+0.33) conversions [No. 10] – (+0.96) opp conversions [No. 7] / No. 10 overall
SPOR-t:  +47; (579 [No. 4] – 532 [No. 4]) / No. 3 overall

Abacus Revelation: Oddly, the Libs rank first in FG defense (.411) but last in 3FG defense (.376).


No. 7 Atlanta Dream, 5-6 (29.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 4
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 4]

KK:  +1; (3 Road Wins – 2 Home Losses) / No. 4 overall (tied)
Flow:  +0.73; (43.8 stops OF opp [No. 2] – 43.1 stops BY opp [No. 10] / No. 7 overall
Striping:  -1.36; [-1.32) conversions [No. 12] – (+0.05) conversions [No. 2] / No. 12 overall
SPOR-t:  -5; (533 [No. 8] – 538 [No.5]) / No. 6 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Dream own the lowest TO rate (.123) in the league.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Scoring Differential 24 games [72 overall]

1-5 points: 10 games [21 overall]
6-10 points: 4 games [24 overall]
11-15 points: 3 games [11 overall]
16-20 points:  5 games [8 overall]
>20:  2 games [8 overall]


No.8 Dallas Wings, 7-8 (32)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 3
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 9]

KK:  0; (4 Road Wins – 4 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)-3
Flow:  -3.00; (39.3 stops OF opp [No. 11] – 42.3 stops BY opp [No. 9] / No. 10 overall
Striping:  +0.03; (+0.70) conversions [No. 7] – (+0.67) conversions [No. 6] / No. 7 overall
SPOR-t:  -36; (567 [No. 6] – 603 [No. 11]) / No. 8 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Wings stand No. 4 in per-game scoring despite ranking tenth in FG% and 3FG%.


No. 9 Seattle Storm, 6-6 (32.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 9
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 5]

KK:  -2; (1 Road Win – 3 Home Losses) / No. 10 overall (tied)
Flow:  +1.08; (41.0 stops OF opp [No. 7] – 39.9 stops BY opp [No. 5] / No. 6 overall
Striping:  +0.29; (+1.96) conversions [No. 2] - (+1.67) opp conversions [No. 12] / No. 5 overall
SPOR-t:  -78; (524 [No. 10] – 602 [No. 10]) / No. 11 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Storm allow the opposition a whopping 10 Offensive Rebounds a game.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Masters of the Craft (Part 2)

Are not the exceptionally inept worthy of some recognition? Here are the teams that hold a Bottom Four offensive and defensive ranking in our key elements of play: FG shooting, three-point shooting, PPG, Offensive Rebounding, Turnovers and SPOR-t.

FG%: Dallas
3FG%: Indiana
PPG: Chicago, Indiana, New York
OR%: Indiana, Los Angeles, Seattle
TO%: Chicago
SPOR-t: Chicago, Seattle


No. 10 Chicago Sky, 3-9 (35.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 11
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 10]

KK:  -2; (3 Road Win – 5 Home Losses) / No. 10 overall (tied)
Flow:  -4.92; (40.9 stops OF opp [No. 9] – 45.8 stops BY opp [No. 12] / No. 12 overall
Striping:  +1.04; (+0.38) conversions [No. 9] – (-0.67) opp conversions [No. 1] / No. 1 overall
SPOR-t:  -83; (515 [No. 12] – 598 [No. 9]) / No. 12 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Sky rank No. 2 in FG defense (.419).


No. 11 Indiana Fever, 6-6 (37)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 6
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 12]

KK:  0; (1 Road Win – 1 Home Loss) / No. 6 overall (tied)-3
Flow:  -2.00; (37.7 stops OF opp [No. 12] – 39.7 stops BY opp [No. 4] / No. 9 overall
Striping:  -0.75; (+0.63) conversions [No. 8] – (+1.38) conversions [No. 10] / No. 11 overall
SPOR-t:  -64; (549 [No. 7] – 613 [No. 12]) / No. 10 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Fever miss fewer free throws per game (2.58) than any other team.


No. 12 San Antonio Stars, 0-13 (38)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 12
4-week Abacus Rank: No. 11]

KK:  -6; (0 Road Wins – 6 Home Losses) / No. 12 overall
Flow:  -4.46; (40.2 stops OF opp [No. 10] – 44.6 stops BY opp [No. 11] / No. 11 overall
Striping:  +0.12; (+0.27) conversions [No. 11] – (+0.15) opp conversions [No. 4] / No. 6 overall
SPOR-t:  -55; (524 [No. 10] – 579 [No. 8]) / No. 9 overall

Abacus Revelation: The still winless Stars rank No. 4 in defending the three-point shot.


Abacus Revelation for the Road / Random Ranking – Points per Possession Differential

Through 72 games, the WNBA has scored 11,789 points on what compute to be 11,104 possessions – a rate of 106.2 points per 100 possessions.

Minnesota +16.0 points per 100 possessions [112.0 (No. 2) – 96.0 (No. 1)]
Los Angeles +8.3 points per 100 possessions [112.9 (No. 1) – 104.6 (No. 5)]
Connecticut +5.4 points per 100 possessions [108.4 (No. 5) – 103.0 (No. 4)]
Phoenix +4.9 points per 100 possessions [104.8 (No. 9) – 99.9 (No. 2)]
Washington +4.8 points per 100 possessions [116.6 (No. 3) – 106.8 (No. 9)]
Seattle +2.0 points per 100 possessions [108.7 (No. 4) – 106.7 (No. 8)]
New York +0.9 points per 100 possessions [106.0 (No. 7) – 105.1 (No. 6)]
Dallas -3.6 points per 100 possessions [107.0 (No. 6) – 110.6 (No. 11)]
Atlanta -4.0 points per 100 possessions [97.0 (No. 10) – 101.0 (No. 3)]
Indiana -8.1 points per 100 possessions [105.8 (No. 8) – 113.9 (No. 12)]
Chicago -10.2 points per 100 possessions [96.1 (No. 11) – 106.3 (No. 7)]
San Antonio -12.4 points per 100 possessions [94.4 (No. 12) – 106.8 (No. 9)]

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WNBA 2017: 4-Week Progress Report


During the prime of his Hall of Fame career, there was no defender who could disrupt Larry Bird’s game more than the Lakers’ Michael Cooper.

No surprise, then, to see Coach Cooper’s current Atlanta squad, while struggling mightily to score in the absence of their sabbatical-ing Angel, ranking among the league leaders in a variety of defensive categories. The Dreamgirls are No. 1 in “stops” per game; No. 2 in FG%, 3FG%, Points per Game, Points per Possession and Conversion Rate; and No.3 in TO%.

I notice that Cooper’s 23-year-old son is an assistant with the team – always a curious dynamic. Paul Silas, one of my all-time favorite players, coached with his son through some trying times in Charlotte several years ago – and hasn’t worked since, to my knowledge.

The “Mean” Performance (or should that be median?)

Through four weeks and 48 games, here’s what an average 2017 WNBA game looks like, numerically.

Possessions: 76.7
Points: 80.9  [PPP: 1.055]
FG: 28.7 – 65.7, .437
3FG: 5.53 – 16.84, .328
3PAr/Usage rate: .256
FT: 17.9 – 21.9, .818
(Off – Tot) Reb: 9.18 – 33.8  [OR% .272]
TO: 13.0  [TO% .147]

The following rankings reflect play through Friday, June 9. An explanation of the criteria is available here. An index for the season's bi-weekly rankings is available here.


No. 1 Minnesota Lynx, 8-0 (8)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 1]

KK:  +5; (5 Road Wins – 0 Home Losses) / No. 1 overall
Flow:  +6.25; (45.6 stops OF opp [No. 3] – 39.4 stops BY opp [No. 3] / No. 1 overall
Striping:  +0.20; (+1.00) conversions [No. 4] – (+0.75) opp conversions [No. 7] / No. 5 overall
SPOR-t:  +160; (649 [No. 1] – 489 [No. 1]) / No. 2 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Lynx rank No. 1 in Conv. Rate (.518) AND opp. Conv. Rate (.437). What’s gonna happen when Ms. Moore starts making shots?

No. 2 Phoenix Mercury, 5-3 (12.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 7]

KK:  +1; (3 Road Win – 2 Home Losses) / No. 2 overall (tied)-4
Flow:  +3.88; (46.0 stops OF opp [No. 2] – 42.1 stops BY opp [No. 7] / No. 2 overall
Striping:  +1.06; (+0.75) conversions [No. 5] – (-0.31) opp conversions [No. 2] / No. 1 overall
SPOR-t:  +17; (506 [No. 11] – 489 [No. 1]) / No. 6 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Mercury went from worst (72.0) to first (94.0) in per-game scoring during Weeks 3 & 4.

ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Masters of the Craft (Part 1)

Which teams are performing the rudimentary skills of the game most proficiently at both ends of the floor? Let’s consider six elements of play: FG shooting, three-point shooting, Points per Game, Offensive Rebounding, the matter of turnovers and the SPOR-t score of our ratings. These teams hold a Top Four rank offensively and defensively:

FG%: NONE
3FG%: NONE
PPG: Minnesota
OR%: Connecticut, Minnesota
TO%: Atlanta, Los Angeles
SPOR-t: Minnesota


No. 3 Washington Mystics, 6-3 (14.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 2]

KK:  +1; (2 Road Wins – 1 Home Loss) / No. 2 overall (tied)-4
Flow:  +2.00; (41.9 stops OF opp [No. 6] – 39.9 stops BY opp [No. 4] / No. 4 overall
Striping:  +0.39; (+2.33) conversions [No. 1] – (+1.94) opp conversions [No. 12] / No. 3 overall
SPOR-t:  +41; (603 [No. 2] – 562 [No. 6]) / No. 4 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Mystics lead the league in Points per Possession at 1.119.

No. 4 Atlanta Dream, 4-3 (23.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 4]

KK:  +1; (2 Road Wins – 1 Home Loss) / No. 2 overall (tied)-4
Flow:  +3.29; (46.6 stops OF opp [No. 1] – 43.3 stops BY opp [No. 9] / No. 3 overall
Striping:  -1.57; [-1.71) conversions [No. 12] – (-0.14) conversions [No. 1] / No. 12 overall
SPOR-t:  +29; (528 [No. 9] – 499 [No. 3]) / No. 5 overall

Abacus Revelation: During Weeks 3 & 4, the Dream played the league’s best 3FG defense even though their opponents ranked second in usage.


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Scoring Pace 24 games [48 overall]

100+ points: 3 games [3 overall]
90-99 points: 12 games [18 overall]
80-89 points: 10 games [28 overall]
70-79 points: 19 games [33 overall]
60-69 points: 4 games [13 overall]
<60 points: 0 games  [1 overall]


No. 5 Seattle Storm, 5-3 (25)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 9]

KK:  0; (1 Road Win – 1 Home Loss) / No. 6 overall (tied)-3
Flow:  +1.88; (40.1 stops OF opp [No. 9] – 38.3 stops BY opp [No. 1] / No. 5 overall
Striping:  +0.31; (+2.06) conversions [No. 2] - (+1.75) opp conversions [No. 11] / No. 4 overall
SPOR-t:  -68; (543 [No. 8] – 611 [No. 10]) / No. 9 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Storm top the league in FG accuracy at .488.

No. 5 Los Angeles Sparks, 4-3 (25)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 8]

KK:  +1; (1 Road Win – 0 Home Losses) / No. 2 overall (tied)-4
Flow:  +1.00; (40.1 stops OF opp [No. 10] – 39.1 stops BY opp [No. 2] / No. 6 overall
Striping:  -0.07; (+1.07) conversions [No. 3] – (+1.14) opp conversions [No. 9]) / No. 7 overall (tied)
SPOR-t:  -15; (568 [No. 5] – 583 [No. 7]) / No. 8 overall

Abacus Revelation: The pesky Sparks’ “D” creates TO’s at the league’s highest rate (.178).


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Scoring Differential

1-5 points: 4 games [11 overall]
6-10 points: 9 games [20 overall]
11-15 points: 4 games [8 overall]
16-20 points:  2 games [3 overall]
>20: 5 games [6 overall]


No. 7 Connecticut Sun 2-5, (26.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 11]

KK:  0; (2 Road Wins - 2 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)*
Flow:  -2.71; (42.1 stops OF opp [No. 5] – 44.9 stops BY opp [No. 11] / No. 9 overall
Striping:  -0.07; (+0.71) conversions [No. 6] – (+0.79) conversions [No. 8] / No. 7 overall (tied)
SPOR-t:  +52; (569 [No. 4] – 517 [No. 5]) / No. 3 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Sun cut their TO’s from 15 to 9 per game over Weeks 3 & 4.

No. 8 New York Liberty, 5-3 (27.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 5]

KK:  -1; (1 Road Win – 2 Home Losses) / No. 9 overall (tied)
Flow:  +0.88; (43.0 stops OF opp [No. 4] – 42.1 stops BY opp [No. 7] / No. 7 overall
Striping:  -0.19; (0.00) conversions [No. 10] – (+0.19) opp conversions [No. 5] / No. 9 overall
SPOR-t:  +57; (557 [No. 6] – 500 [No. 4]) / No. 2 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Libs protect their defensive backboard better than anyone else (.762).


No.9 Dallas Wings, 4-5 (32)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 3]

KK:  0; (2 Road Wins – 2 Home Losses) / No. 6 overall (tied)-3
Flow:  -1.78; (40.3 stops OF opp [No. 8] – 42.1 stops BY opp [No. 6] / No. 8 overall
Striping:  -0.39; (+0.17) conversions [No. 9] – (+0.56) conversions [No. 6] / No. 10 overall
SPOR-t:  -10; (580 [No. 3] – 590 [No. 8]) / No. 7 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Wings’ .300 OR% ranks third in the league, Glory Be!


ABACUS INFOMERCIAL
Masters of the Craft (Part 2)

Are not the exceptionally inept worthy of some recognition? Here are the teams that hold a Bottom Four offensive and defensive ranking in our key elements of play: FG shooting, three-point shooting, PPG, Offensive Rebounding, Turnovers and SPOR-t.

FG%: NONE
3FG%: Indiana
PPG: Chicago, San Antonio
OR%: Los Angeles, Seattle
TO%: Chicago, San Antonio
SPOR-t: Chicago, San Antonio


No. 10 Chicago Sky, 1-7 (37)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 11]

KK:  -3; (1 Road Win – 4 Home Losses) / No. 11 overall
Flow:  -6.00; (41.4 stops OF opp [No. 7] – 47.4 stops BY opp [No. 12] / No. 12 overall
Striping:  +0.69; (+0.31) conversions [No. 8] – (-0.37) opp conversions [No. 3] / No. 2 overall
SPOR-t:  -98; (496 [No. 12] – 594 [No. 9]) / No. 12 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Sky take care of the ball better than just two other teams and shoot better than but one.

No. 11 San Antonio Stars, 0-8 (40)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 12]

KK:  -4; (0 Road Wins – 4 Home Losses) / No. 12 overall
Flow:  -5.00; (39.3 stops OF opp [No. 11] – 44.3 stops BY opp [No. 10] / No. 11 overall
Striping:  +0.13; (-0.25) conversions [No. 11] – (-0.37) opp conversions [No. 3] / No. 6 overall
SPOR-t:  -89; (525 [No. 10] – 614 [No. 11]) / No. 11 overall

Abacus Revelation: The out-gunned but spunky Stars rank No. 6 in offensive rebounding.

No. 12 Indiana Fever, 4-5 (40.5)
[2-week Abacus Rank: No. 6]

KK:  -1; (0 Road Wins – 1 Home Loss) / No. 9 overall (tied)
Flow:  -3.11; (37.0 stops OF opp [No. 12] – 40.1 stops BY opp [No. 5] / No. 10 overall
Striping:  -0.67; (+0.61) conversions [No. 7] – (+1.28) conversions [No. 10] / No. 11 overall
SPOR-t:  -75; (545 [No. 7] – 620 [No. 12]) / No. 10 overall

Abacus Revelation: The Fever defense allows opponents a league-worst 1.153 points per possession.


Abacus Revelation for the Road / Random Ranking – 3PAr (usage rate for 3FG’s)

Washington .321 [196 3FGA’s in 610 FGA’s]
Phoenix .310 [161 3FGA’s in 519 FGA’s]
Seattle .310 [146 3FGA’s in 471 FGA’s]
Dallas .262 [160 3FGA’s in 610 FGA’s]
Minnesota .260 [143 3FGA’s in 550 FGA’s]
New York .250 [132 3FGA’s in 529 FGA’s]
Atlanta .235 [116 3FGA’s in 494 FGA’s]
Los Angeles .233 [106 3FGA’s in 454 FGA’s]
Chicago .225 [126 3FGA’s in 560 FGA’s]
Connecticut .208 [107 3FGA’s in 515 FGA’s]
Indiana .205 [118 3FGA’s in 576 FGA’s]
San Antonio .203 [106 3FGA’s in 521 FGA’s]