Gordon Heyward, the darling of these forums, the most commonly mentioned player for the Celtics to either trade for or acquire in the offseason, is… not so hot at basketball. Okay, so he plays in the NBA so he’s above average when looking at the population as a whole, but in comparison to the rest of the league… he’s near or at the bottom of the league in almost everything but points per game.
Defensive Rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) = 108.3
Offensive Rating (points scored per 100 possessions) = 99.0
Net Rating (difference between OffRtg and DefRtg) = -9.4
Context: Heyward’s -9.4 NetRtg is the 16th worst point differential in the NBA for player that play 20 or more minutes per game. Among starters that is the 3rd worst differential in the NBA.
Gordon Heyward is shooting a blistering 40.3%FG and 30.9% 3Pt which for players that play at least 20 minutes per game ranks him 113th in FG% and 121st in 3Pt % out of 147 qualified players.
Common misconception: “Heyward had to play almost half the games this season as the primary ball handler causing his numbers (Specifically Offensive shooting %s) to be low”
Since Trey Burke’s arrival from injury (playing ROY level PG) 24 games ago Gordon Heyward efficiency has gone down to 38.9%FG and 28.7% 3pt. In Comparison, Mr. G Wall-o-Bricks is shooting 58.7%FG and 31.4% 3pt so yeah he’s less efficient than our worst perimeter shooter.