12. Jose Calderon, Knicks
It says a lot about the state of these two teams that Jose Calderon is ranked this high. As much as I would’ve loved to rank him 27th and rant on his defense, the other numbers can’t be ignored. Unfortunately.
To be fair, let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Jose Calderon’s season.
The good: He’s second on the team in ORtg (113) and true shooting percentage (57.4), and he’s tied with Lance Thomas for the team lead in three point shooting (41.1%). He’s in the 96th percentile in points scored per possession on spot on jumpers, as he’s averaging 45.2 percent from the field on those attempts.
The bad: He has a minus-2.6 net rating per 100 possessions, and the team is minus-4 points when he plays meaning they are minus-1.4 points (per 100). The Knicks’ starting point guard not only has a negative net rating, but his team is plus 1.4 points per 100 poss. when he’s out of the game. How is this not the ugly? Well he plays defense remember.
The ugly: With Calderon on the court, the Knicks have a defensive rating of 107.1, and that dips down all the way to 103.0 when he sits. He has a DRtg of 110, and according to NBA stats is in the 53rd percentile on defense against ball handlers in pick and roll plays. Jerian Grant‘s in the 82nd percentile by the way.
11. Langston Galloway, Knicks
After Langston Galloway‘s red hot start in which he led the league in three-point shooting, his numbers have decreased dramatically, including a couple of recent games where he didn’t score a single point.
It’s okay for Knicks’ fans to now admit that he is just a backup combo guard that probably won’t be on the team next season. Galloway’s barely holding the line at 40 percent from the field and he’s at just the league average now of 35 percent from downtown. According to NBA Savant, Galloway should stick to corner threes because he’s shooting 50 percent on them.
10. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Nets
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson only played in 19 games before going down with an ankle injury, but before he did he was one of the best defensive players in the league.
Jefferson is third behind just the legendary Tony Allen and Danny Green among shooting guards in defensive RPM, and with him on the court the Nets (pathetically bad on defense) had their best defensive rating by far, 98.9.