To get a better sense how individual offensive ratings and usage percentages fit together, here are scatter plots for the top two teams in the Big Ten this past season. Note that the vertical axis is recalibrated based on the approximate average team offensive efficiency figure for both teams (108.9 for Wisconsin; 105.0 for Purdue).
- The Wisconsin data reflect a downwards-sloping trend line, implying that the players who used up more possessions freed things up for the guys not using as many possessions to score more efficiently.
- Marcus Landry and freshman Jared Bergen will need to replace Butch as the interior presence that opens up things for the rest of the offense.
- And Trevon Hughes needs to get a little more efficient as the returning player with the highest usage percentage.
- With the exception of Chris Kramer, the Boilermakers’ usage percentages are distributed pretty tightly around 20%.
- Their offensive efficiency was really pulled up by Robbie Hummel’s unbelievable freshman season. Can he maintain that level of efficiency as teams focus on him more?
- Scott Martin won’t be tough to replace from an efficiency standpoint, but he did use up a higher-than-average level of possessions.
- Purdue really made their living on defense last season. Imagine how scary they could be if the freshman become more efficient on offense as they develop.