The Nets And Four Factors

The Nets are bad, we know this, but why are they so bad?  There are plenty of reasons, but I think the one of the best ways of figuring out what is going wrong with a team is to look at the four factors.  Now, we have looked at four factors a couple times before, but this time we are going to look at the Nets’ four factors in wins and in losses to see if there is anything different that they are doing when they win.  If there is, is it something that can carry over to the remaining games?  Let’s take a look at the chart:

Nets 4F

The Two Key Factors

Looking at the graph above, you can see the two key factors for the Nets.  They are eFG% and Turnover Rate.  Now eFG% makes sense.  If the Nets shoot better, naturally they are going to have a better chance to win.  So why do the Nets hit more shots in these 5 games?  Well, just a few guesses here, but they probably get Brook Lopez a lot of touches down low, and in addition, when he passes out of the double team his teammates are making shots.

The other factor is Turnover Rate.  It makes sense.  If the Nets keep their turnovers down while they are shooting good, that means there are more possessions available for the Nets to take shots.  That means more points and a better chance of winning.  Also, the low Turnover Rater number means that the Nets offense must have been working well in these wins.

A Surprise

I actually thought that the Nets’ Free Throw Rate in wins was going to be a lot higher than their Free Throw Rate in losses, but in reality this is the opposite.  The Nets get to the line at an above-average rate in losses, but they go to the line at a below average rate in wins.  I think this can be explained because in losses, the Nets don’t shoot well (see eFG%), so for them to even have a chance at scoring, they need to attack the basket more.  When they attack the basket more, they are going to get fouled more.