Five games amounts to 1/16th of the season. Nothing is decided, but it is time to be making judgments and adjustments. I pose here three questions stimulated by the early team statistics.
1. Are the Pacers speeded up enough?
Last year, the Pacers averaged 76.5 field goal attempts. In the first five games of this season, they've averaged 83.8 FGA. The team really is moving to the rim faster. The increased field goal attempt rate is despite a higher turnover rate (18 per game this season, compared to 14.7 last year).
Is this increase from 76.5 to 83.8 enough, or do you want to see even more FGA per game? Is Sam Mitchell's stated goal of 100 FGA per game for the Raptors reasonable?
2. Are the Pacers still taking too many 3 point attempts?
Last year, the Pacers relied very heavily on the 3-pt shot, taking 18.7 attempts per game. So far this season, they are down to 12.8 attempts per game. (In last night's blowout loss, when the Pacers were frar behind and missing their main post player they took 19).
Is the 3pt shot where it needs to be, or would you want still fewer 3pt attempts?
3. Who needs to shoot more?
Harrington and Jackson lead the team in missed field goal attempts, with 40 and 42 respectively. That works out to 13.0 misses per 48 minutes for Harrington and 12.8 for Jackson, who, like last year has played the most minutes through the first five games. Jasikevisius ranks 3rd, chucking misses at the rate of 12.3 per 48 (actually 19 misses in 74 total minutes of play). Jermaine has 30 misses, which factors to 10.8 misses per game. Jermaine has a higher FG% (.524) than either the #2 or #3 options (Harrington is .459 and Jackson is .323).
Is the shot distribution OK as it is, or do you want to see changes toward more high-percentage shots? If the latter, who should be taking more shots and what adjustments are needed to create those shots?