Getting Into the Season: Pacer Spiderwebs

Yesterday, I showed you one of the visuals we’ll use this season in my post on Pacer Hot and Cold Spots. Today, I’m going to reintroduce the Spiderwebs that take advantage of the fantastic information available on

These are very simple, and I’m still learning how best to understand them. As with all analysis, the charts I show you today will be snapshots, which can tell you some things, but not everything. Hopefully, as we make these tools a part of our ongoing understanding of the NBA and the Pacers, we will be able to expand our understanding of what they tell us.

For today, we’ll just grab a few quick interesting points, then get all of the individual Pacer’s spiderwebs from the 2010-11 season as a benchmark.

First, I want to look at the Pacers two Power Forwards: David West and Tyler Hansbrough.

This chart shows me two things about David: (1) where most of his offense comes and (2) how efficiently he utilizes the individual actions. West gets more than half of his offense out of the Post, PnR/PnP, and Spot Ups scores just a tic under a point per play in those areas – a pretty efficient rate.

Bringing in Tyler Hansbrough, I think you’ll see some similarities.

Like West, Tyler gets more than half of his offense from the same sets, but he is a bit less efficient, scoring only 0.86 PPP. However, Hansbrough is a much better offensive rebounder. In any case, these two appear to be a nice complement for each other, and there’s good reason to think that Tyler can learn from David.

Another spiderweb of note is Paul George’s.

I’m gonna tell you that Pacer fans do not want to see a spiderweb even vaguely similar to this for George this season. With the heavy weighting towards spot ups and transition, that’s the spiderweb of someone who is an afterthought in the offense. It’s disappointing for a rookie, but it will be alarming if it repeats itself.

It’s also interesting to note how one-dimensional Roy Hibbert’s chart is:

There’s a lot to learn about both the Pacers and using this info. Hopefully, this season will take us a long way, but here are the rest of your Indiana Pacers:

That’s not a pretty picture for DC. Hopefully, the presence of both David West and Tyler Hansbrough will help that look a lot better.

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