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Analyzing DeMarcus and Hassan's Games with Advanced Stats

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This post is going to show you some of the Advanced Statistics of DeMarcus along with the statistics of some of the guys drafted in the past 5 years for comparison.  The source for the statistics are from Ken Pomeroy's blog.

Defensive Rebound Rate (Percentage of Defensive Rebounds a player grabs):

DeMarcus Cousins - 25.1% Ranked 28th in NCAA

Hassan Whiteside - 24.2% Ranked 48th in NCAA.

Players drafted since 2005 with a better Defensive Rebound Rate:

2010: Cole Aldrich (25.7%), Greg Monroe (25.2%), Tiny Gallon (25.1%), Larry Sanders (24.8%), Damion James (24.5%), Jerome Jordan (24.3%), Ed Davis (24.2%)

2009: Blake Griffin (32.4%), DeJuan Blair (27.8%), Jon Brockman (25.7%), 

2008: Michael Beasley (29.9%), Kevin Love (28.5%), Jason Thompson (27.8%), Mareese Speights (26.4%), Joey Dorsey (25.7%)

2007: Nick Fazekas (28.0%), Al Horford (27.1%), Jason Smith (26.5%), Aaron Grey (25.3%)

2006: Tyrus Thomas (26.4%), Leon Powe (24.6%), Paul Millsap (24.5%)

2005: Andrew Bogut (30.0%), David Lee (26.2%), Sean May (26.1%), Patrick O'Bryant (24.8%), Danny Granger (24.7%), Ronny Turiaf (24.4%)

Offensive Rebound Rate (Percentage of Offensive Rebounds a player grabs):

DeMarcus Cousins (19.6%) Ranked 2nd in NCAA.

Hassan Whiteside (11.7%) - Not ranked in the top 100 in NCAA, but 5th in Conference USA.  Derrick Caracter at 11.8% is one spot higher.

2010: Nobody drafted, but Zoubek is one spot higher.

2009: DeJuan Blair (23.6%)

2008: Nobody drafted, but Kenneth Faried is one spot higher.

2007: Nobody drafted, but Kentrell Gransberry is one spot higher.

2006: Nobody drafted and Nobody period.

2005: Nobody drafted and Nobody period.

Obviously DeMarcus is an absolutely ridiculous Offensive Rebounder.  Hassan compares favorably to Jason Thompson (11.2%), who has become an above average offensive rebounder in the NBA.

Block Percentage (Block percentage is the estimate of the percentage of opponent shots blocked by the player while he is on the floor):

Hassan Whiteside (18.8%) - Ranked 1st in the NCAA.

DeMarcus Cousins (7.5%) - Ranked 70th in NCAA.  Derrick Favors at 60th with 7.9%.

2010: Nobody drafted and Nobody Period.

2009: Nobody drafted and Nobody Period. Hasheem Thabeet was the best shot blocker drafted, and had a Blk% of 11.94%.

2008: Nobody drafted, but Larry Sanders would be higher.

2007: Nobody drafted, but Mickell Gladness would be higher.

2006: Nobody drafted, but Shawn James would be higher. Former King Justin Williams was 2nd with 18.3%.

2005: Nobody drafted and Nobody period. Best shot blocker drated was Patrick O'Bryant and he only had 13.32%

Conclusion: Hassan is an incredibly skilled and gifted shot-blocker.  

Offensive Rating (Points Produced Per 100 Possessions):

DeMarcus Cousins (113.1) - Qualified 9th in the Over 28% of possessions used category.

Hassan Whiteside (103.7) - Did not Qualify in the Top 100 in the Over 24% of possessions used category.

2010 (All players listed are in the Over 28% of possessions used): James Anderson (116.9)

2009: Marcus Thornton (118.2), Stephen Curry (117.8), Jodie Meeks (117.4), Blake Griffin (117.2), Eric Maynor (116.2), Nick Calathes (113.8)

2008: George Hill (125.4), Ryan Anderson (121.1), Michael Beasley (119.8), Courtney Lee (116.9)

2007: Nick Fazekas (125.4), Al Thornton (117.3), Kevin Durant (116.5), Sean Singletary (114.9), Rodney Stuckey (114.7), Carl Landry (114.2)

2006: J.J. Redick (120.2), Adam Morrison (120), Quincy Douby (115), Randy Foye (113.6)

2005: Travis Diener (126.6), Andrew Bogut (121.8), Danny Granger (119.9)

Percentage of Possessions Used:

DeMarcus Cousins (31.3%)

Hassan Whiteside (25.1%) - Not ranked in top 100 of NCAA, but 11th in Conference USA.

2010: Evan Turner (34.7%), Luke Harangody (32.2%)

2009: Stephen Curry (38.0%), Tyreke Evans (33.5%), Eric Maynor (33.0%), James Harden (32.7%), Blake Griffin (31.7%)

2008: Michael Beasley (33.5%), Brook Lopez (32.3%)

2007: Rodney Stuckey (34.3%), Kevin Durant (31.6%)

2006: J.J. Barea (38.1%), Quincy Douby (32.8%), Adam Morrison (32.4%), Leon Powe (31.5%)

2005: Nobody drafted, but 11 people higher.

Effective Field Goal% (takes into account that 3 pointers are worth 1 more point):

DeMarcus Cousins (56%) - Not in the Top 100 of NCAA, would rank 8th in SEC with only Patrick Patterson (60.7%) ahead of him of drafted players.

Hassan Whiteside (52.8%) - Not in the Top 100 of NCAA, ranks 16th in Conference USA with Elliott Williams (53.6%) and Jerome Jordan (54.9%) ahead of him of drafted players.

Fouls Drawn Per 40 Minutes:

DeMarcus Cousins (8.3) - FT% is 60.4%

Hassan Whiteside (6.0) - Not in top 100 of NCAA, ranks 5th in Conference USA with Elliott Williams (6.4) and Jerome Jordan (6.8) ahead of him of drafted players.  FT% is 58.8%.

2010: Nobody.

2009: Nobody, but Blake Griffin came close with 8.

2008: Nobody drafted, but 2 players ahead.

2007: Nobody drafted, but 2 players ahead.

2006: Nobody drafted, but 3 players ahead.

2005: Website doesn't have the data.

Fouls Called Per 40 Minutes:

DeMarcus Cousins (5.5)

Hassan Whiteside (3.7)

Assist Rate:

DeMarcus Cousins (9.2%)

Hassan Whiteside (2.2%) - 9 assists on the year.

Turnover Rate:

DeMarcus Cousins (15.8%)

Hassan Whiteside (16.1%)


DeMarcus is obviously a prolific rebounder, on both ends of the court.  Especially on the offensive end.  Offensive Rebounding is more than just luck, as really good rebounders actively go for the ball.  Hassan is a decent rebounder on the defensive end, and with those long arms, you can expect him to get better as he gets stronger.

Where Hassan really shines though is blocking shots. Absolutely unreal how often he does it.  DeMarcus isn't a prolific shot blocker, but he does it a good amount of the time, very similarly to one Derrick Favors, who is touted as a shot blocker.  But DeMarcus's biggest problem on defense is fouls.  He gets called for a high amount, (5.5 p/40), which is the real reason he was only able to average around 23 minutes.  This definitely needs to improve in the NBA.  Hassan does a much better job at avoiding foul trouble, getting called for only 3.7 per 40, which is amazing considering how many blocks he gets.  The NBA will be a much more difficult place to get those blocks though, and he'll definitely need to bulk up to compete with the more physical big men.

On offense, DeMarcus is one of the most productive big men in a while.  If you notice, a lot of those players with higher offensive ratings are guards that can stroke the 3.  Only Blake Griffin, Carl Landry, and Michael Beasley are bigs that had a better Offensive Rating than DeMarcus, and only Beasley was a Freshman (and he also shot and made the 3 in college quite a bit).  DeMarcus used a LOT of possessions on offense though, the most for his team which included John Wall, Patrick Patterson, and Eric Bledsoe.  He definitely needs to become more efficient and learn to play a little better off the ball.  Quite a few of the players with higher Possessions Used than him in years past were the only options on their team.  DeMarcus obviously wasn't the only option on his team loaded with talent, so it either speaks to his ability to be dominant or that he looks to score a lot.  I think its a bit of both, especially when you look at how many Fouls the man draws.  8.3 per 40 is a ridiculous number as you can tell by the historical data.  Boogie is a foul magnet.  He'll definitely have to increase his FT% because of this.  70% isn't out of the realm of possibility considering he possesses a quality mid-range jump shot.

Hassan needs the most work on the offensive end, as he's not very efficient, and as you can tell by his assists, once he gets the ball, he looks to score.  Learning to pass the ball when scoring is not an option will help his efficiency and help him become more involved with the team.  

All-in-all, the Kings got two big men who are dominant in some areas, and need work in others.  It'll be a learning process, but what isn't.