I was bored the other day, and decided to compile some various stats from Dwight Howard's career and see how they impact the Orlando Magic's winning percentage. I have broken it down into various categories (blocks, rebounds, fouls, points, field goal percentage, field goal attempts, free throw percentage, free throw attempts, and then various combinations of points, rebounds and blocks). I also have broken it down into different timeframes, being this season, the pre-SVG era (2004-2007), the SVG era (2007-present), and his overall career. In Part One, we looked at Dwight's Aggression statistics. In Part Two, we will be looking at scoring statistics: Points Scored, Field Goal Percentage, Field Goal Attempts, Free Throw Percentage, and Free Throw Attempts.
You can view all statistics compiled by year here.
Next, we will look at how Dwight's scoring impacts the team's success.
What's interesting is that when Dwight scores 25-29 points, the team actually performs worse overall. This trend is shown throughout his career. Also, it is interesting how successful the team still is when Dwight only scores between 15-19 points. As you can see this year, the team still won at an 80% clip in the 20 games (roughly 25% of this year's games) that Dwight scored in this range, as compared to only 67% of the time in the 12 games that Dwight scored 25-29 points in a game.
Field Goal Percentage goes pretty much in line with what we would expect, except when looking solely at this year's statistics, where the team actually did worse when Dwight shot for more than 50% in a game as compared to when he shot 40-49%. There are probably some other variables in these games to account for the anomaly, but it is an interesting variance compared to his career.
Again, this pretty much goes in line with what one would expect, except when looking at this year's numbers where the team actually does worse the more free throws Dwight shoots, which is in opposition with the trends for the rest of his career. So far, I've examined the impact individual metrics have on the team's success. In the next installment, I'll look at combinations of these various metrics and how they impact the team.