On Thursday, it will have been two weeks since the NBA trade deadline passed. The San Antonio Spurs still stand a top the league with the best record at 51-12. After witnessing the Los Angeles Lakers and Andrew Bynum take full advantage of the Spurs in the paint Sunday afternoon, keeping in mind the team made no moves at the trade deadline, one has to wonder if the questions about the Spurs lacking size in the frontline will hurt them down the stretch and in the playoffs?
I’m hear to ask the question: How does the Spurs' frontline compare with the other playoff teams?
The Spurs frontline consists of Tim Duncan (6'11), DeJuan Blair (6'7), Matt Bonner (6'10), Antonio McDyess (6'9) and rookie Tiago Splitter (6'11). That’s five players deep, and not one of them is seven feet tall.
I’ve compiled several playoff teams from both conferences to see which team depends on their front line the most and who may have the greatest advantage in the paint. This will help to determine where the Spurs frontline is and what to expect from them in the playoffs.
I’m focusing on a few statistics: How much does each team depend on their frontline for offensive production? What is the amount of rebounds per game each frontline will grab? What is the frontline's amount of blocks per game? Where does the team rank defensively regarding these 13 teams chosen?
For the offensive percentage statistic, I calculated it in this manner: Frontline points per game divided by total points per game, the percentage that was left is what I call “Percentage of teams offense”. For the rebounding percentage, I calculated frontline rebounds per game divided by overall rebounds per game. I called this "Percentage of team rebounds."
All stats are used as of March 7, 2011.
If you don't want to read every individual statistic, I suggest you pay attention to "percentage of offense, rebounding, and ranked defensive position." The summaries beneath each team will explain potential matchups for the Spurs.
Current Western Conference Playoff Teams