payitforward wrote:I have to check something, I hope you won't mind: last year, Rui got to the line 3.5 times per 36 minutes, while this year, Rui has gotten to the line 3.6 times per 36 minutes.
Has Rui improved at getting to the line, stayed the same, or gotten worse? Which one is it?
Last year, Rui shot .829 from the line, while this year he's shot .769.
Has Rui improved as a free throw shooter, stayed the same, or gotten worse? Which one is it?
Here's another player, not going to mention his name: this year, he has gotten to the line 7.5 times per 36 minutes & has shot .893 from the line.
Is this player better at getting to the line than Rui? Or can't you answer that question without knowing his name? Is he better at shooting FTs than Rui -- or do you need to know his name before you can answer that question?
OTOH, this player has shot 2 pt. FGAs at .484, while Rui has shot about the same number of them at .528.
Is Rui better than this player overall at scoring on 2-pointers? Or do you need to know the player's name to answer the question?
Not sure if this was supposed to be rhetorical or what, but drawing free throws is best measured as a rate stat. That is, last year Rui drew .257 free throws for each field goal he attempted, and this year he's drawing .289. Comparing raw cumulative numbers of a 3rd-4th option between a year he did not play with Russell Westbrook and a year he did tells you less than nothing. He's shooting fewer total free throws because he's shooting less. However, he's drawing fouls more often with the possessions that he does get.
I don't understand the relevance, and you'd obviously want to compare the free throw rate of each player, but obviously player #2 is better at shooting the actual free throws than Rui. Were you replying to anyone in particular? Had someone claimed that this unnamed player was terrible at getting to the line?