A snippet from my latest entry for the New York Times Off the Dribble Blog.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the newly renovated Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks defense has kept the team afloat while the offense has floundered. Last year the Knicks had a defensive efficiency, which measures how many points a team allows per 100 possessions, of 110.1 which ranked them 22nd in the NBA. Just 16 games into this season, New York currently has the league’s 10th best defensive efficiency, allowing 101.0 points per 100 possessions.
By way of the four factors, New York is having multiple failures on offense. The Knicks rank 25th in shooting (measured by effective shooting percentage or eFG%), 27th in turnovers (measured by turnover rate or TOV%), and 24th in offensive rebounding (measured by offensive rebounding rate or OREB%). The only area that New York is doing well is getting to the free throw line, where they rank third (measured by free throw rate or FT/FGA).