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Scanning JaVale McGee’s Barcode Tattoo, Part 1

Updated: May 6, 2010

What would be the readout from scanning JaVale McGee’s new barcode tattoo? I know the numbers on it represent his January 19, 1988 birthday. But if you ran him down a very long grocery store conveyor belt, what would be the output of the parallel lines of data on his back?

To find out, I transferred the barcode onto paper and printed it out. I fashioned and folded the paper, put a penny in it, and then threw the airplane out the window. A guy on a bike ran over it. I then went back to the computer and dialed up Synergy Sports Technology for some stats.

On Offense, JaVale’s catch phrase is “Drive, baby, drive” (somewhat akin to Sarah Palin’s “Drill, baby, drill.”) and occasionally, “Shoot it like a hot potato.” So, the barcode readout might be all of JaVale’s 2009-10 offensive possessions that ended in a shot attempt, a turnover or a free-throw attempt.

One of his strongest suits is offensive rebounding. Seems natural. McGee has shown the ability to get after the boards when he applies himself. Also, his endurance and consistency seemed to improve once he and the team found out he had asthma late in the season and were able to properly treat it.

Points from offensive rebounds accounted for 72 of his 407 total offensive plays, a leading 17.7%. His points-per-possession on these chances (PPP) ranks 76th in the league at 1.15. Almost all points from offensive boards are the result of hustle.

In general, McGee excels when he runs the floor, plays off the creation of his teammates, and works within Flip Saunders’ offense. Let’s take a look some other offensive plays that ended in a FGA, TO or FTA.

Pretty good numbers, huh? Add the 37.4% from these three types of chances to McGee’s 17.7% from offensive boards and you get 53.4%. So a little more than half the time JaVale is doing exactly what he’s supposed to be doing, playing within his current skill set and within the offense.

Now let’s take a look at instances where McGee played one-on-one offense more so created by himself and not others … spot-up shots, isolations and post-ups.

Oh, not so good.

Note: Offensive plays as a Pick & Roll Ball Handler, Hand-Offs, and Off Screens are three other offensive chances also tracked by Synergy. They are not accounted for in the ‘All Other Plays’ category. Combined, those three types only account for 1.6% of McGee’s offensive chances.

And to recap, the differences:

Aside from the connotation that McGee has branded himself as a purchasable commodity with that barcode tattoo, or that he perhaps feels like number within the “system,” it’s kinda/sorta/maybe a cool tattoo … at least in comparison to some of there terrible tattoos on other NBA players. It’s certainly better than Richard Jefferson’s arm “RJ” that looks like a first grade art project or Reggie Miller’s belly-button design.

But as far as the numbers, we’ll be scanning to see the how next year’s offensive chance readouts compare with these, using them to gauge if McGee’s game becomes more patient, more mature, and more coachable.

Peace y’all.

[via DC Fab]

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