Tom Garlepp received a big boost in his usage rate with the departure of AJ Ogilvy from Sydney but only a slight increase in minutes. Garlepp relished the extra touches and was able to keep the same efficiency whilst bumping up his scoring significantly. He finished with near identical shooting numbers inside the paint and from mid range as he had in 2013-14 but impressively increased his play making whilst actually managing to lower his turnovers. There was a small increase in three point attempts (which proved successful) as well as an ability to score consistently with a greater variety of moves. Garlepp’s rebounding percentage did however decrease without the presence of Ogilvy next to him and Sydney’s numbers all year in that area reflected that.
Corey Webster seized the opportunity to become a permanent starter for New Zealand and wound up playing 9 more minutes per game than 2013-14. His usage rate only marginally increased but impressively his scoring increased dramatically. Starting alongside Cedric Jackson meant Webster did less play making for others, as evidenced by his assist and turnover rates, instead focusing more on impressing with his jumpshot. Both his mid range and his three point percentages increased to a level where they were above average, turning him into one of the highest scorers in the league. One thing that hurt his FG% was his finishing inside the paint which dipped to a level that was below the league average.
Todd Blanchfield pushed himself up into the ‘All NBL Teams’ conversation as he progressed into a larger role on Townsville. His usage rate increased and he handled it well, still managing to score with a similar efficiency to last season (especially in the back half of the season when his three point shot was lethal). He turned the ball over less despite the increased role but his other stats remained quite similar on a per minute basis as did his shot chart percentages.
Shaun Bruce turned himself into a reliable NBL rotation player on Cairns, a championship contender, coming from a very low base in 2013-14. He played with increased poise, completely reversing his assist and turnover percentages from the previous season, and together with Scottie Wilbekin formed an elite point guard rotation in terms of looking after the ball. Bruce also went from a below average finisher inside the paint to an above average finisher, whilst also connecting on an above average percentage of his three point attempts this season.
Mitch Norton found himself in the starting lineup all season but this led to only a very marginal increase in minutes. His role clearly increased though as he saw his usage rate rise and with that came a small increase in his assist percentage. The issue with this though was that his turnovers increased more sharply than his assists. He improved his scoring slightly and posted solid shooting splits for a young guard with improvement coming inside the paint and from mid range, although he finished as a below average three point shooter.
Tim Coenraad was probably the most consistent Wollongong player all season and he showed some small improvement in a number of areas. He put up some impressive jump shooting numbers hitting at an above average clip from both mid range (where he struggled last season) and three point range (where he was equally as good in 2013-14). His usage rate stayed the same but his turnover rate increased, whilst he did receive a nice spike in his rebounding.
Mitch Creek received a boost in minutes this season after finally nailing down a starting position for Adelaide. His usage rate stayed similar to last season, as did his shooting splits and advanced stats, but his increased time on the court was certainly noticed with his athleticism and speed in transition a highlight. His three point shot was an area of his game where he regressed.
Clint Steindl was a full time starter for the first time in the NBL and saw a small increase in minutes. He finished the season with an almost identical usage rate and similar advanced stats across the board. He did however decrease his turnover rate, he ventured inside the paint more (finishing at a much higher clip), and of course maintained his elite three point shooting.
Brendan Teys carried on his form from the end of 2013-14 and saw a big spike in minutes overall. He finished with a higher usage rate but with that came less efficiency on the offensive end. He posted a higher turnover rate than the previous season as well as worse shooting percentages inside the paint and from mid range. He did however improve his assist rate and his three point shot knocking down a slightly above average amount of his attempts from beyond the arc.
Tom Jervis showed that he was even more comfortable this season than his Rookie of the Year season. His minutes stayed at a similar level (as did his rebounding and shot blocking) but his usage rate increased resulting in some positive production. His finishing inside the paint was much improved on his rookie year as he became well above average for the season in that area of the game.