Found February 21, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
I noticed this comment on my post from Stats & Info post from Wedensday. This one fellow believes that Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson is being blocked less often than last year. So, I decided to look into his game log from this season, before/after Dec. 19, the game when center Anderson Varejao got hurt. Type GP FGA/G BLKD/G BLKD% Since 12/19 28 11.29 1.50 13.3% Thru 12/18 26 7.42 1.27 17.1% Verdict: Yes. Along with the better shooting percentages (or intuitively because of it?) Thompson also getting blocked less often since Varejao’s been out. Still a pretty high number. But noticeably less. For a bit of added context, according to HoopData, the average blocked percentage in the NBA this season is 6.1 percent. Among full-time regulars, I only spot three players that are clearly worse than Thompson this season at this category: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Reggie Evans and Austin Rivers. Yikes. Also notable, ESPN stats guru Kevin Pelton noted rookie Thomas Robinson’s blocked percentage in his trade analysis today. He wrote: “He has had a tough time dealing with shot-blockers in the paint and is getting more than 10 percent of his shots rejected, per Hoopdata.com, one reason he’s shooting just 42.9 percent from the field.” So yes, again, this isn’t exactly time to celebrate boisterously about Thompson’s shooting improvements as he’s still well below league-average. But improvements are improvements nonetheless.
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