Assisted Living With Kevin Love

Dec 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) grabs a rebound during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a stat called assist opportunities that tracks how many shots your teammates miss when you’ve passed to them for a shot. Earlier this week Deadspin had an article up trolling Carmelo Anthony’s high usage (though it’s down this year) and supposed selfish ways.

The angle was: maybe he isn’t as selfish as he appears to be, maybe his teammates really are that decrepit? The results were yes, he is pretty much that selfish, and yes they are that decrepit.

High usage players have the ball a lot and naturally a lot of guards top this list, but the interesting part is where wings and post players collide.

Scorers like Kevin Love are supposed to be assist receptacles for Ricky Rubio. This shows the growth Love has made this year in Rick Adelman’s system — attempting to involve his teammates a la Chris Webber or Vlade Divac.

Love sits one spot higher than Pau Gasol. When do we start talking again about what a great backup big he would make on this team?

Player MIN per game Assist Opportunities per 40 PER AST per game Assist Shooting % (Non-FT)
Chris Paul (LAC) 34.9 24.5 27.38 11.3 52.8%
Ty Lawson (DEN) 34.5 20.5 20.39 7.9 44.6%
John Wall (WAS) 37.8 19.8 20.19 9.1 48.7%
Jeff Teague (ATL) 32.7 19.3 16.99 8 50.6%
Stephen Curry (GSW) 37.4 18.2 24.58 9.2 54.1%
Tony Parker (SAS) 30.5 17.2 20.22 6.1 46.6%
Brandon Jennings (DET) 37.3 17.2 17.01 8 50%
Jrue Holiday (NOP) 34.6 16.8 17.92 8 55.2%
Kobe Bryant (LAL) 29.6 15.9 11.56 6.3 53.4%
Isaiah Thomas (SAC) 31.3 15.8 22.24 5.6 45.2%
Russell Westbrook (OKC) 33.3 15.6 21.43 6.8 52.3%
Michael Carter-Williams (PHI) 36.6 15.2 19 7.8 56.1%
Mike Conley (MEM) 34.1 15.1 20.63 6.3 48.8%
Eric Bledsoe (PHX) 34.6 14.2 21.45 6.3 51.2%
Kyrie Irving (CLE) 34.9 13.6 18.84 6 50.4%
Derrick Rose (CHI) 30.9 13.2 10.36 4.3 42.2%
LeBron James (MIA) 35.6 13.1 30 6.6 56.4%
Brandon Knight (MIL) 28.1 12.8 13.54 4 44.4%
Monta Ellis (DAL) 36.8 12.4 18.78 5.9 51.8%
Damian Lillard (POR) 36.2 12.4 20.6 5.8 51.8%
James Harden (HOU) 38.6 11.9 20.71 5.6 48.7%
Ramon Sessions (CHA) 21.7 11.8 16.06 2.9 45.3%
Gordon Hayward (UTA) 36.3 11.5 15.3 4.5 43.3%
Kemba Walker (CHA) 35.5 11.3 18.09 4.4 44%
Tyreke Evans (NOP) 25 11 17.08 3.8 55.1%
Tony Wroten (PHI) 26.1 10.4 13.61 3.6 52.9%
Dwyane Wade (MIA) 33.8 10.4 22.59 4.8 54.5%
Kevin Love (MIN) 36.7 9.5 27.96 4.2 48.3%
Pau Gasol (LAL) 30.6 9.3 16.62 3.2 45.1%
Evan Turner (PHI) 36.7 9.2 14.09 4 47.6%
Kevin Durant (OKC) 38.1 9 27.72 4.7 54.7%
Paul George (IND) 36.7 8.3 23.78 3.6 47.4%

Topics: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Ricky Rubio

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