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Last Nights Number: Memphis Grizzlies vs Atlanta Hawks


Jeff. Freaking. Teague. Shot 64.3% from the field, 75% from three points and lead the Hawks on their “West Who?” contests for a 96-86 win over the Grizzlies.

Teague finished with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and a block. The Grizzlies were without Zach Randolph again and Mike Conley was a worthy foe for Teague, but couldn’t contain him. Conley finished with 17 points on 46% shooting, but the Hawks are on a roll that cannot seem to be stopped.

For example, here’s a shot chart of the field goal percentage from December 2nd to last night-


The midrange game has some weakness, but that post and three point line game is too strong. Caw Caw, Indeed.

The Atlanta Hawks Do Not Care About Western Conference Dominance

As the first week of January comes to a close, the Atlanta Hawks are in first place of the East for the first time since 1997. The Joe Johnson-Josh Smith heyday is now replaced with Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford.

Not only are the Hawks on top of the east, but are running circles around their opponents in the stronger Western Conference.

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The two losses include a two-point, early season loss to the San Antonio Spurs where Tim Duncan had a double-double. Jeff Teague went 2 for 8 in the field and Kyle Korver went 3 for 10 and 1 of 5 from the three point line. And they still only lost by two points.

The Other loss was a fluky 114-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant had 28 points and Carlos Boozer had 20 and again, Kyle Korver’s shooting was off and he ended with 8 points.

Three of those eight wins came in a pre-Christmas flurry where they had three games in four days and defeated (in order) the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers. All three of those games featured a different high scoring Hawk. Against the Rockets, Korver regained his shot for 22 points. Dennis Schroder took it to the Mavericks for 22 points and DeMare Carroll bested the Clippers for 25 points.

Those three wins came after a trip where they also defeated the Chicago Bulls(holding them to 86 points) and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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The Hawks ability to share the ball helps them confound the stronger Western opponents. Early wins had Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague sharing the top spot for scoring, but the fact that teams have seen Shelvin Mack put up 24 against the Cavs or DeMarre Carroll carve up the defensive minded Clippers. The weapons are too strong for opponents and although the health of that squad leaves fans breathless, the Hawks are as real as it gets.

Last Nights Number: Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Charlotte Hornets

Photo credit: USA Today Sports


46 is the number of made shots that the Charlotte Hornets made in the 105-75 loss to the Hawks. This is the 9th loss in a row for the Hornets as they shot 33% from the field and 21.7% from behind the arc. Kemba Walker was held to 4 points and Lance Stephenson down to 6 points.

Dennis Schroder came off the bench for 12 points for the Hawks while Jeff Teague had 10 assists.

To the Basket: Jeff Teague and John Wall


Photo credit: Keith Allison

In my Q&A with Seth Partnow about John Wall, Seth said John Wall should model his game after a more talented Jeff Teague. I looked into this further to determine what is it about Teague that Wall should go after.

First their usage rates are comparable (via Nylon Calculus)

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And in many ways Wall is a superior ball handler in every category. So it’s not that he’s lacking a skill set necessarily, but what is Teague doing on the court that Wall isn’t?

A quick look at Teague’s efficiency on the offensive end (also via Nylon Calculus)


In typical pick and roll point guard fashion, Teague spends a lot of energy inside the paint, even if his shooting below the circle, but above the basket is below the average, he’s still pushing his ability to get in there and draw fouls

Here’s Wall’s efficiency-


Wall’s range within the paint is very limited. Unless he is getting directly to the basket he is not taking a shot. It looks as though he’s taking a PnR high on the floor, but instead of using his speed to jet him to the basket he is pulling up to just above the foul line. This means he is fouled much less, but it also means his threat to slash to the hoop is far less. If he’s not directly in front of the basket, Wall isn’t shooting it from inside the paint, so let him take his jumpers, because that’s one less foul the opposition is spending on him.

This is verified by Wall’s Heat map (via basketball reference)


That’s a huge chunk of space in between the jumper at the elbow and the section front of the hoop. And again, being able to save on fouls and physical play on a smaller and faster guard, who will have a greater chance to keep a pure shooter off the line and they won’t get nickle-and-dimed in garbage time.

Now here’s Teague’s Heat Map


Teague’s threat takes over a bulk of size in the middle of the paint, increasing his chances to get fouled. Teague took 376 Free Throw attempts last year, kicking in 318 of them for a 84.6% average. John Wall on the other hand took 394 attempts but made only 317 of them. But Wall’s Free Throw Attempt Rate was only 29.5%, Teague’s 36.2%. Teague had more options for attempts, but knocked down only one more FT than Wall did.

So taking Seth’s advice, John Wall needs to become a better slasher, get to the hoop and create more options on the inside.