New Orleans Hornets by the Numbers: New Toys From the NBA

Published: March 27, 2012

The NBA hooked us up with a new stat tool, so I’m taking it for a test drive.

Here’s a nice quote about Griffin by Monty, too– “He’s no fool — he knows he’s making people look crazy and guys don’t like that. He’s gotta expect some of that. It’s just gonna happen. If you jump 5 feet over somebody and dunk it and you got people coming up to you and hugging you after you do it, the opponent’s not gonna say, ‘Oh, man, can you do that again?’

Zero players on the Hornets are averaging over 20 points per 36 minutes.

One active Hornet (Farouq) is averaging less than 10 pts/36mins

The Hornets most popular two man lineups aren’t doing too hot.

Three of the four most played five-man lineups have done well, but the exception has been terrible.




Speaking of five, there has yet to be a five-win month, but they have three chances to make it happen in March (@Warriors, @Lakers and @Blazers)

Six points total is how many the Hornets have been outscored by in the seven minutes that have taken place with less than 30 seconds to go in the game while being within 3 points of their opposition

Eight games won since the All-Star break.

In the Hornets nine wins with Jarrett Jack active, he’s done less for the team than he has in their 33 losses. His usage rate and percentage of field goals attempted are both down in wins and up in losses. He also shoots better from the field in losses, while accumulating slightly more assists and a slightly better assist/TO ratio. Overall though, he appears to have the ball in his hands a bit less in wins than in losses.

Ten is the number I rate the Hornets win over the Clippers on a scale of one to ten.

The Hornets have lost 11 of the 14 games in which they’ve been within 3 points either way of their opposition with less than 10 seconds left

Gustavo Ayon wears number 15, but maybe he should be number one. He’s a member of the Hornets most successful…

…two-man lineup (Gustavo and Vasquez combined to play 296 minutes while out-scoring their opponents by 52)

…three-man lineup (Gustavo, Vasquez and Henry have played 103 minutes, outscoring their opponents by 58)

…four-man lineup (Gustavo, Vasquez, Henry, and Farouq have played 72 minutes together and have outscored their opposition by 42)

and five-man lineup (Aminu, Gustavo, Squeaky, Summers, and Greivis are +18 in 9 minutes).

The Hornets have lost 17 of the 26 games in which they’ve been within five points of their opposition with less than 3 minutes to play.

They’ve lost 19 of the 21 games in which they’ve trailed trailed by less than five or been tied with 3 minutes or less to go. In 2008-2009 the Hornets won 15 of their 29 games in which they found themselves in that situation.


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  1. bee dat

    March 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    huge gustavo fan but have to take those last sets of stats with grain of salt. rarely have those minutes mentioned been against top flight competition. It’s mostly against 2nd units and much is probably garbage time.

  2. bee dat

    March 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    had to rationalize how a unit containing henry and farouq could outscore anyone past high school age

  3. Gladys Jack

    March 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Shocking. We do better when J.J. “acts” as a point guard, and doesn’t continually try to impress upon us that he’s just as good as CP3? You mean to tell me, then when Jack isn’t “trying” to be the hero all the time…we do better? You’re going to sit here and write this article, and try to impress upon me, that Jack on the floor always looking for the shot and not the pass…equals a loss for the Hornets? If I had not watched every single game this year…I’d have to argue with you sir. But fact is, I cannot. So please. Hornets, if you’re listening, please. We have a bright future with these pics. I emplore you to keep Jack on the floor. Give him false praise, and put the ball in his hands. Finish the season off right with many-a-loss. Pump up his numbers, and trade him immidiately in the offseason. Oh, and TRY to keep Kaman if at all possible. He’s actually kinda good, and with another big draft pic, we will outrebound most teams in the NBA. That is all, and thank you for enlightening me.


    Jarret Jack’s Mom

    • thechosenuno

      March 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I think we do better when Jack isn’t in beast mode because that means that the rest of the team is also playing really well. When he has to turn into a scoring machine, it’s because no one else is scoring well. He’s not as good as CP3 and can’t carry the whole team on his back on the 4th quarter like cp3 used to.

  4. C.C.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Well, according to these numbers, we need to be starting Jack, Beli, Ariza, Smith, and Okafor! -17 net rating? Sounds good to me! All aboard the Tank!

  5. NOS-3RD GEN

    March 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    The overall questions are who’s really to blame for the hornets being unsuccessful & how can we improve for next year, & finally who do we need to acquire to be at Saints level in basketball world type of way to turn this team around. These are the questions that need to be answered

    • jmbell

      March 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      1. George Shinn(nothing personal, I like the guy), Jeff Bower, Byron Scott, David Stern, Monty Williams, Dell Demps, the NBA and how is it set up (personally I don’t think it matters who is to blame, and everyone who is to blame also did good things for the Hornets)
      2. Draft Anthony Davis or any of the top 5 or 6 prospects in the draft(better yet two of the top 10 prospects)
      3. See #2

  6. NOS-3RD GEN

    March 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Do anyone agree with me when I say this upcoming off-season we trade j.Jack and aminu for Ricky Rubio, sign RFA Javale McGee, and trade Okafor for 1st Rnd pick.

    • kempleton

      March 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

      I totally agree. But, do you think Minnesota, Denver and the potential buyer of Okafor will agree? I doubt it…

    • J

      March 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      I don’t know about Magee but Brook Lopez or Roy Hibbert has more upside than Magee.

    • jmbell

      March 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Absolutely no way that Minny takes that trade. They hardly get anything while giving potentially one of the best pgs in the NBA.

  7. Lucas Ottoni

    March 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I still don’t understand why Hornets didn’t renew the Solomon Jones’ contract until the end of the season. He did pretty decent games…

  8. J

    March 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I would like the Hornets to trade Okafor for an 2012 1st rd pick,then re-sign Kaman & Gordon.Then Draft either Davis or Robinson and the second 1st rd pick Kendall Marshall and if theres an thrid 1st rd Myers Leonard.Then in free agency sign Jodie Meeks,Goran Dragic,Steve Novak,Javel McGee or Brook Lopez

    C Lopez orMcGee,Kaman and Leonard
    PF Davis or Robinson/Smith/Ayon
    SF Ariza/Novak/Aminu
    SG Gordon/Henry/Meeks
    PG Dragic/Marshall/Jack

  9. J

    March 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I forgot about Vasguez he’ll be on the roster if they trade Jack for a second rd international player i like the center Lucas Nogueria from Brazil and SG Tomas Staoransky from the Czech republic players we might not see till 2013 or 14 but would be great future talent for the Hornets.

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  11. Everett

    March 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    What tool did you guys use to do this analysis? Is it free to the public?

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