The Halfway Point: What’s Changed in 2014?

Posted on: January 26th, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments
Jason Kidd

Halfway through the season, Jason Kidd & the Nets have turned it around in 2014. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets have hit the halfway point of the season, but it's like they've played two seasons: the first heading into the new year, the second starting in 2014. It's coincided with a few changes: a new "longball" lineup, Kevin Garnett at center in Brook Lopez's absence, and a more free-flowing offense.

Here's a breakdown of how the Nets have done in three stages: in the full season, in just 2013, and just 2014.

Statistic Brooklyn Nets League Ranking
W-L record 19-22 18th
W-L record (2013) 10-21 24th
W-L record (2014) 9-1 1st

Notes: Well, we all know that. But what's changed?

Statistic Brooklyn Nets League Ranking
Points per game 97.6 21st
Points per game (2013) 95.8 22nd
Points per game (2014) 99.9 15th
 
Points allowed per game 99.0 13th
Points allowed per game (2013) 101.4 23rd
Points allowed per game (2014) 91.7 2nd
 
Points per 100 possessions 103.3 16th
Points per 100 possessions (2013) 101.9 18th
Points per 100 possessions (2014) 108.0 8th
 
Points allowed per 100 possessions 105.4 23rd
Points allowed per 100 possessions (2013) 106.7 29th
Points allowed per 100 possessions (2014) 101.5 7th
 
Net rating (+/- per 100 possessions) -2.1 19th
Net rating (2013) -4.8 26th
Net rating (2014) +6.5 6th
 
Pace 93.6 27th
Pace (2013) 94.6 25th
Pace (2014) 90.5 30th

Notes: The overall numbers paint a pretty clear story. The Nets have stunted the pace to the tune of four fewer possessions per game, and it's made all the difference: they're scoring better and defending better. But how?

Statistic Brooklyn Nets League Ranking
Assists per game 20.6 17th
Assists per game (2013) 20.2 20th
Assists per game (2014) 21.6 15th
 
Effective field goal percentage .501 12th
Effective field goal percentage (2013) .491 17th
Effective field goal percentage (2014) .531 5th
 
Three-point percentage .370 9th
Three-point percentage (2013) .372 10th
Three-point percentage (2014) .367 15th
 
Three-point attempts per game 21.1 15th
Three-point attempts per game (2013) 19.7 21st
Three-point attempts per game (2014) 25.4 5th

 
Notes: There's your biggest difference on offense. The Nets are shooting a near-identical percentage from three-point range, but they're bombing away, taking nearly six more threes per game. The team's not rebounding much better, getting to the free throw line more, or turning the ball over less, but they're shooting, shooting, shooting -- and it's paid off.

But what about defense?

Statistic Brooklyn Nets League Ranking
Opp. Effective field goal percentage .505 18th
Opp. Effective field goal percentage (2013) .511 23rd
Opp. Effective field goal percentage (2014) .484 8th
 
Opp. Three-point percentage .386 30th
Opp. Three-point percentage (2013) .391 30th
Opp. Three-point percentage (2014) .372 22nd
 
Opp. Three-point attempts per game 21.9 18th
Opp. Three-point attempts per game (2013) 21.7 21st
Opp. Three-point attempts per game (2014) 22.6 23rd
 
Opp. Points in the paint per game 38.8 6th
Opp. Points in the paint per game (2013) 40.1 12th
Opp. Points in the paint per game (2014) 34.7 2nd
 
Opp. turnover percentage 15.5% 12th
Opp. turnover percentage (2013) 15.0% 23rd
Opp. turnover percentage (2014) 17.1% 2nd

 
Notes: The Nets defense is a bit more balanced. They've forced more turnovers with Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, and Kevin Garnett in the starting lineup, and Andrei Kirilenko coming off the bench. Their three-point defense is roughly the same, but coming a bit back down to earth after some ridiculous opponent shooting. Their defense in the paint has improved considerably with Kevin Garnett manning the paint.

Some research contributed by Daniel Soriano.