Mitch McGary has been all over the news. He makes the team whole. He's one of the top freshman ever in the NCAA Tournament. He rides a unicycle!
A lot of this is hyperbole written by people who have watched him play parts of five games this season. When a story begins "The legend of Mitch McGary," then you know you've got a problem. But part of it is genuine. He's been a huge boost to the Wolverines.
Being a visual person, I started playing around with the data to see how to visualize his season. Reading about statistics is boring. My eyes glaze over. I'd rather have a simple, clear graph that illustrates the point. But graphs can cause problems as well. So many stories have graphs that are too busy or fail to be intuitive. Just make a point, and do it simply.
I started with just his average points per game, which looks like this:
That's a pretty boring graph. It gets the point across, I guess. He's hovered around six to seven points all season and then put together a fe...