Why RoLo and not KP should play center
02-17-2016, 01:53 PM,
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Why RoLo and not KP should play center
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Maybe Porz adds another 30 pounds of muscle over the next couple of years and things change, but the stats quoted in this article really show what happens when RoLo plays the five and Porz the four.

Lopez does the grunt work for this team and gets little appreciation for it.

http://www.sbnation.com/2016/2/17/11022090/robin-lopez-knicks-role-player-highlights-stats?_ga=1.172415075.1118799230.1453824741
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02-17-2016, 02:18 PM,
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I've said it before -- he's essential to protecting KP until he's strong enough to play center full time.
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02-17-2016, 02:33 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-17-2016, 02:34 PM by Blue_Blood16.)
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I don't like that KP guards the stretch fours though, he picks up a lot of fouls that way. I'd prefer a quicker defender...there aren't enough big centers to really scare me with him at the 5.
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02-17-2016, 02:35 PM,
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(02-17-2016, 02:33 PM)Blue_Blood16 Wrote:  I don't like that KP guards the stretch fours though, he picks up a lot of fouls that way.

I'd say it's a matter of him adapting to defense in the NBA in general.. think his fouling overall has gone down last 20 games or so
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02-17-2016, 04:10 PM,
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rolo has more than held his own against the true C's left in the NBA
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02-17-2016, 04:24 PM,
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(02-17-2016, 02:35 PM)OnFire34 Wrote:  
(02-17-2016, 02:33 PM)Blue_Blood16 Wrote:  I don't like that KP guards the stretch fours though, he picks up a lot of fouls that way.

I'd say it's a matter of him adapting to defense in the NBA in general.. think his fouling overall has gone down last 20 games or so



first 27 games - 27.4 MPG, 3 fouls per game

last 27 games - 29.1 MPG, 2.7 fouls per game

so yeah, more min / less fouls… he’s improving
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02-17-2016, 06:09 PM,
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(02-17-2016, 04:24 PM)OnFire34 Wrote:  
(02-17-2016, 02:35 PM)OnFire34 Wrote:  I'd say it's a matter of him adapting to defense in the NBA in general.. think his fouling overall has gone down last 20 games or so



first 27 games - 27.4 MPG, 3 fouls per game

last 27 games - 29.1 MPG, 2.7 fouls per game

so yeah, more min / less fouls… he’s improving
Difference is pretty marginal.
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02-17-2016, 06:16 PM,
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(02-17-2016, 06:09 PM)ancientyankee Wrote:  
(02-17-2016, 04:24 PM)OnFire34 Wrote:  first 27 games - 27.4 MPG, 3 fouls per game

last 27 games - 29.1 MPG, 2.7 fouls per game

so yeah, more min / less fouls… he’s improving
Difference is pretty marginal.

If you standardize the minutes, it's about .5 less fouls per game, or a 15% decrease.  Not huge, but clearly trending down.  It's a good sign.
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02-17-2016, 07:15 PM,
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(02-17-2016, 06:16 PM)OnFire34 Wrote:  
(02-17-2016, 06:09 PM)ancientyankee Wrote:  Difference is pretty marginal.

If you standardize the minutes, it's about .5 less fouls per game, or a 15% decrease.  Not huge, but clearly trending down.  It's a good sign.

Still well within the statistical margin of error either way. If he were to foul out in his next game, it would make the numbers pretty much identical.

But the sample is still too small to draw any real conclusions. I would wait to see how he does next season compared to this one. It's not unusual for young players to have more problems with fouls earlier in the career than later on. And anyway, the numbers aren't really that bad. He's had a few games where he's gotten into serious foul trouble, but typically he doesn't pick up for than two or three per game. Also, he's aggressive on defense, and refs tend to cut vets a bit more slack on calls than they do young players who haven't proven themselves yet. Taking all of that into account, I'm not that concerned about the fouls issue at this point.
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02-17-2016, 07:43 PM,
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(02-17-2016, 07:15 PM)ancientyankee Wrote:  
(02-17-2016, 06:16 PM)OnFire34 Wrote:  If you standardize the minutes, it's about .5 less fouls per game, or a 15% decrease.  Not huge, but clearly trending down.  It's a good sign.

Still well within the statistical margin of error either way. If he were to foul out in his next game, it would make the numbers pretty much identical.

But the sample is still too small to draw any real conclusions. I would wait to see how he does next season compared to this one. It's not unusual for young players to have more problems with fouls earlier in the career than later on. And anyway, the numbers aren't really that bad. He's had a few games where he's gotten into serious foul trouble, but typically he doesn't pick up for than two or three per game. Also, he's aggressive on defense, and refs tend to cut vets a bit more slack on calls than they do young players who haven't proven themselves yet. Taking all of that into account, I'm not that concerned about the fouls issue at this point.

Ok, i'll go straight to the eye test, then: he's clearly avoiding some of the ticky tack fouls he picked up earlier in the year... he's learning

You see that on the offensive end, too where he isn't rushing his shots as much.  He's getting more comfortable.  
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02-21-2016, 02:33 PM,
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RoLo is having an awesome month: 15.3 pts pg and 10.7 rebs. pg so far in February.
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