Daniel Johnson is one of the more gifted big men we have in the NBL on the offensive end and his scoring efforts were recognised last year with a Most Improved Award. On the surface it’s easy to come to the conclusion that it was just an opportunity thing and the result of increased minutes, but there is more to it.
At first glance you would see that his overall field goal percentage dipped from 2010-11 (45%) to 2011-12 (44.3%), but in actual fact, he improved his shooting percentage in 6 of the 7 spots on the floor where he took his shots.
Daniel Johnson 2011-12 Shot Chart (Adelaide 36ers):
His shot chart percentages show some solid numbers on his mid range game when shooting below the free throw line with his preference for jump shots, whether that be twos or three point attempts, seen to be from the left side of the floor.
As you can see from the table above, DJ improved his shooting percentage from every area of the floor except for those shots in the restricted area. The percentage of his total shots taken in the restricted area decreased as he rounded out his game and figured out how he was going to use his increased playing time.
The following table summarises how his shot attempts changed from one season to the next. As many would have predicted, he expanded his offense to include more shots from further away from the basket: