How the Big Men Get Their Points

I've been talking a lot lately about the Bearcats offense. There has been a lot of talk about the big men and how they get their baskets. I'm counting Justin Jackson, Cheikh Mbodj, and David Nyarsuk only. Titus Rubles is someone who can create their own shot. These 3 men rely on offensive rebounding and other people to get their baskets. I want to know who creates them. I want to know how many they create themselves. I want to know how many they get off of rebounds. I think this will be very informative. Time will tell.

There are going to be 3 columns. 1 are the amount of field goals they get off assists, one is rebounds and one is for no assists. At the bottom of the page are who the top passers are for the big men. They've all made roughly the same amount of field goals, so this should work out well.  

Following the raw number of baskets off of each are the percentage of field goals each category has. 

David Nyarsuk – 29 field goals
 
Assist – 19 / 65.5%
 
Rebound – 9 / 31%
 
No assist – 1 / 3%
 

 
Justin Jackson – 28 field goals
 
Assist – 10 / 37.5%
 
Rebound – 5 / 17.8%
 
No assist – 13 / 46.4%
 

 
Cheikh Mbodj – 28 field goals
 
Assist – 18 / 64.2%
 
Rebound – 7 / 25%
 
No assist – 3 / 10.7%

 
Kelvin Gaines – 2 field goals 
 
Assist – 1
 
Rebound – 1
 
No assist – 0 
 
Passers 
 
Nyarsuk – Titus Rubles – 9, Justin Jackson – 3, Cashmere Wright – 3, Sean Kilpatrick – 2, Jeremiah Davis – 1,   Shaq Thomas – 1
 
Jackson – Cashmere Wright – 3, Jermaine Sanders – 2, Titus Rubles – 2, Cheikh Mbodj – 1, Shaq Thomas – 1, JaQuon Parker – 1, 
 
Mbodj –  Justin Jackson – 4, Sean Kilpatrick – 4, Cashmere Wright – 3, JaQuon Parker – 3, Titus Rubles – 2, Jermaine Sanders – 1, Jeremiah Davis – 1,
 
Gaines – Alex Eppensteiner – 1 
 
Assist totals to the big men and percentage of assists those make up.
 
  1. Titus Rubles – 13 / 40.6%
  2. Cashmere Wright – 9 /18.7%
  3. Justin Jackson – 7 / 29.1%
  4. Sean Kilpatrick – 6 / 20.6%
  5. JaQuon Parker – 4 / 16.6%
  6. Jermaine Sanders – 3 / 20%
  7. Shaq Thomas – 2 / 18%
  8. Jeremiah Davis – 2 / 40%
  9. Cheikh Mbodj – 1 / 50%
  10. Alex Eppensteiner – 1 / 50%
You thought the fun was ending there. Oh no. Now it's time to go a little deeper. We are going to look at the percentage of offensive rebounds turned into put back field goals for each man. 

 
Field goal makes off of offensive rebounds
 
David Nyarsuk – 9 field goals, 23 offensive rebounds – 39%. 
 
Cheikh Mbodj – 7 field goals, 34 offensive rebounds – 20.5%
 
Justin Jackson – 5 field goals, 25 offensive rebounds – 20%
 
So what does this tell us? It tell us that all of our instincts about these men not being able to get their own shot are true. One thing that doesn't get calculated in are inbound plays. We know that Justin Jackson has scored on a couple of them. They do not count here.
 
There are a couple of things that surprise me. 
 
1) Titus Rubles is as good at passing to the big men as I thought. 
 
Perception is not always reality. In this case, what you see is what you get. Although I'm a little surprised at how close the competition was between Rubles and Cash. Rubles is at a disadvantage because he never plays with Jackson, so he only gets assists to 2 of those people. It took the Pitt game to spread them out a little bit. But the fact remains, Titus Rubles feeds the big men better than any of the guards. 
 
2) Justin Jackson is 3rd on the list. 
 
The big men feed each other in this offense. There are more assists between Jackson and Rubles than the 3 amigos do. 
 
3) Just how poor Cheikh Mbodj has been at scoring off of offensive rebounds. 
 
I knew he was bad at that, but he's almost Ibrahima Thomas levels of not making layups. Mbodj leads Cincinnati in offensive rebounds by far. I'll say he's around 50% in put back chances. I should go back and re-run the numbers on him. 
 
4) Justin Jackson is kind of a ball stopper. 
 
When your starting power forward has more shots made off of non-assisted baskets, he's dribbling way too damn much. 

 

Scott

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