Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Scoop Jardine is Better That Jonny Flynn (sort of)
Now that I went all Skip Bayless on you and said something outrageous to get your attention, stick with me for a minute and read this post before you start calling me a moron.
The 9/10th ranked Syracuse Orange are off to a better start than any one could have expected, winning four games by an average of 27.5 points per game. One of the main reasons why is the stellar play Jim Boeheim is getting from the point guard position.
Coming into the season, the biggest question facing the Orange was how would the team replace the production and leadership of Jonny Flynn? The answer has been nearly equal parts Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine.
Triche, an untested freshman and Jardine, a player who sat out last year and played mostly off the ball during his freshman campaign in 2007-08, came into the season with big questions marks. After four games, three of which were against teams that made the NCAA tournament last year, they are already providing big answers.
What is really amazing is that statistically, Jardine and Triche have actually been more productive than Flynn was last year. Now four games isn't anywhere near enough games to to be relevant when comparing stats, but the numbers are still fun to look at.
Last year Jonny averaged 37.3 minutes, 17.4 points, 6.7 assists and a 3.4 turnovers per game. Adjusted for 40 minutes of play, Jonny's numbers were:
18.7 ppg, 7.2 apg, 3.6 tpg
While Triche starts, Scoop is playing slightly more, averaging 22.8 minutes per game. His averages are 11.5 ppg, 5.6 apg, and 1.8 tpg. Adjusted for 40 minutes, those numbers look like this:
20.2 ppg, 10.2 apg, 3.2 tpg
Triche is playing exactly 20 minutes per game and averaging 10 ppg, 3.3 apg and 3.3 tpg. If you factor in Triche and Jardine's stats per 40 minutes, and half them (figuring each plays 20 mpg at the point), the two headed point guard's stats are:
20.1 ppg, 8.4 ppg, 4.9 tpg
So, does this mean Jardine and Triche are better than Flynn? Of course not. Flynn will go down as one of the best ever at SU. But, combined with a smothering defense, it helps explain why the Orange have had such great early season success. So far the two guys running the point have been far more effective so far than anyone could have expected -- and they've been doing it against top-flight competition.
If they keep it up, it is going to be a very successful season for the Orange. And that makes this idiot extremely happy.