Mavericks: Evaluating changes Tim Hardaway Jr. has made to his game this year

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Less is more

Tim Hardaway Jr. has seen his field goal attempts decrease this season. He tried 15.2 per game over the previous two years. That is down to 12.6 this season. THJ is playing less, but the attempts are down per-minute. He is averaging the same per-minute points, though.

In this case, less is more. Last season, he attempted 6.2 pull up jumpers per game and 4.0 shots from less than ten feet. This year, those numbers dropped to 4.4 and 2.9 respectively. His catch and shot attempts have increased. That means more open looks.

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NBA Stats breaks down shots into four categories. They range from the closest defender being zero to six feet away. Let us simplify it into open or not. Open assumes the defender is at least four feet away.

Last season, THJ shot 7.5 times per game when he was not open and 8.0 where he was. The numbers have improved to 7.6 open tries and 5.0 not. The increase in quality of looks has improved his field goal percentage.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is taking fewer shots with the Dallas Mavericks, but he has upped his efficiency while keeping his per-minute scoring numbers intact.

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