Scouting the Maine Red Claws

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Background

Record: 7-8, third in East Division
Off. efficiency: 94.5 points per 100 possessions, 17th*
Def. efficiency: 95.2, 1st
Net rating: -0.7, 12th
Pace: 101.8 possessions per game, 9th

Four factors

Effective FG pct: 46.6, 16th
Turnover pct: 18.9, 14th
Off. rebound pct: 26.9, 12th
FTA rate: .338, 6th
Opp. effective FG pct: 45.0, 1st
Opp. turnover pct: 17.2, 10th
Def. rebound rate 68.7, 15th
Opp. FTA rate: .298, 7th

The leaders

Points: Marshon Brooks, 29.0
Rebounds: Ty Walker, 8.4
Assists: Brooks, 4.7
Blocks: Walker, 3.6
Steals: Brooks, 2.0

Summary

Prior to their recent skid — losing seven out of 10 games — the Maine Red Claws had the fourth highest winning percentage in the D-League. Their defense was humming and their offense, while flawed, was just good enough to win games. Now, the Red Claws, at 7-8, have dropped to last in points per possession, forcing their defense to buoy what’s left of an unproductive offensive outfit.

Where they excel

The Red Claws are the most polarizing team in the D-League — first in points allowed per possession and last in points scored per possession, respectively. Opponents convert on 47.8 percent of their shots in the paint, easily the lowest in the D-League, and they take the lowest volume of 3-pointers, while making the lowest percentage. The Red Claws defense neutralizes their biggest disadvantage — scoring points — but it’s not enough on most nights.

Where they struggle

Scoring, which is important in basketball. Maine is in the bottom five in effective field goal percentage (adjusts for 3-pointers), turnover percentage and offensive rebounding rate. They are in the bottom three in efficiency from the restricted area, mid-range and beyond the arc — the three primary shooting zones in basketball. Chris Wright and Frank Gaines are just about the only legitimate scoring options on this team.

Player to watch

Ty Walker. The 6-11 rookie is second in blocks, only behind Iowa Energy’s Jarvis Varnado, and the Red Claws defense has been more stingy when he’s on the floor, though their rebounding rates have dipped dramatically (in the wrong direction) as well.

Stats: NBA D-League/Stats

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*There are only 17 teams in the D-League