An unpredictable Week 15 provided more clarity in the race to Super Bowl LII.
Here’s how every team stacks up against each other going into Week 16, from best to worst.
Todd Gurley and the defense are taking over from Jared Goff and the passing game and making Sean McVay’s team more complete at the right time. They will be better prepared to face the Eagles or Vikings in possible playoff rematches.
This season, with the acquisitions of Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, Wiggins is not handling the ball nearly as much. His front court touches, seconds per touch, and dribbles per touch are all down this season per nba.com stats. More basically, his usage is down significantly, to 23.4 percent, compared to 29 percent last season. Unfortunately, this has not led to increased efficiency. His Effective Field Goal percentage is down to 47.3 percent, lowest since his rookie year (and well below the 52.0 league average,) and his True Shooting percentage is a career low 50 percent (against a league average of 55.6 percent.) It’s difficult to be encouraged by these numbers for a player whose best skill is scoring.
So, yes, I think there is certainly such a phenomenon as playing to the opponent. One way I’ve tried to quantify this in the past is to look at the difference between the standard deviation of a team’s point differential (how consistent it is from game to game) and the standard deviation of point differential adjusted for game location and opponent quality.
Naturally, we’d expect that teams will become more consistent when we account Wholesale NBA Jerseys for these factors, since they make up part of the variation in game-to-game point differential. And indeed that’s true on average: The typical team sees its standard deviation go down about 0.8 points per game when the adjusted point differential is compared to the raw version. But Basketball Jerseys For Sale there are substantial differences from team to team.