That's why it makes sense to branch out and explore other alternatives that are available to us, including those offered by Synergy Sports Technology, whose detail-heavy archives include a staggering number of data-points representing the play of prospects all over the world.
With that in mind, we've taken the top-100 prospects in this draft class, and sorted them into five groups by position. We've then looked at how each group of players stacks up in Synergy's various playtypes, with the biggest emphasis being on the specific skills they'll need to succeed at their position at the NBA level.
-Just By the Numbers: the 2013 Power Forward Crop
-Situational Statistics: the 2013 Small Forward Crop
-Just By the Numbers: the 2013 Small Forward Crop
-Just By the Numbers: the 2013 Shooting Guard Crop
-Situational Statistics: the 2013 Shooting Guard Crop
-Just By the Numbers: the 2013 Point Guard Crop
-Situational Statistics: the 2013 Point Guard Crop
Breaking Down the Top 15 Power Forwards
Looking at the bigger picture, Bennett's 14.4 possessions per-game and 1.07 points per-possession (PPP) both rank well above average and are eerily similar to the marks posted by Cody Zeller and Kelly Olynyk despite the relative differences in their skill sets and physical profiles. Ranking in the top-four in both transition and half court scoring efficiency, Bennett's athleticism and shooting ability shine through in this study.
Not standing out in usage in any one playtype, Bennett did a little bit of everything for UNLV. He scored an average 0.89 points per-possession in the post, but an impressive 1.39 PPP as a finisher at the rim, the second best mark among his peers and the byproduct of his above average efficiency scoring on put backs and cuts.
In addition to the efficiency his athleticism afforded him around the basket, Bennett also proves to be a potent jump shooter on paper. Ranking fifth in this group with 3.5 jump shot attempts per-game and fourth scoring 1.06 points per-jump shot, Bennett has uncommon scoring ability from the perimeter for player with his physical gifts.
Bennett doesn't have too many weaknesses on paper situationally aside from his lack of prolific scoring ability one-on-one and in the post. It will be interesting to see if he can translate his efficiency to the next level and become a more dynamic threat creating for himself in the paint or facing up from the midrange in the coming seasons.
Unlike Bennett though, Zeller stands out in a few very specific areas. Drawing free throws on an impressive 25.7% of his possessions, Zeller got to the line at a better rate than any high usage player in this group, by a fairly large margin. He also got out in transition for 13.9% of his possessions, the third most among players in this group, and converted at a near 80% rate on the break, also good for third. These two things helped him compensate for his below average 43% shooting in the post and only slightly above average 60.9% shooting as a finisher.
Zeller's main weakness on paper besides his finishing ability inside the paint is his limited jump shooting prowess. Attempting the second fewest jumpers per-game in this group at just 0.7 per-game, he knocked down an average 37.5% of that limited number of tries.
Unlike Bennett and Zeller, Olynyk did his best work compared to the rest of the field in the half court, where his 1.10 PPP is one of the top marks among all players eligible for the 2013 draft. He ranks in the top two in scoring efficiency on cuts and as the roll man on the pick and roll, in addition to converting a top-ranked 58.3% of his shot attempts in the post and 70% as a finisher at the rim.
An exceptionally skilled player for his size, Olynyk's 1.6 jump shot attempts per-game doesn't jump off the page, and ranks below the average number of tries, but he scored a very respectable 0.96 PPP when he did fire away from the perimeter. Though he is not the athlete Bennett or Zeller are, his skill level allowed him to outperform them at the college level in terms of scoring efficiency. A fairly unique player, Olynyk will be one of the more interesting cases from this draft class to track on paper as a rookie given his rare and exceptional profile.
-Brandon Davies and Jackie Carmichael rank first and second in this group in usage at 17.5 and 17.1 possessions used per-game, scoring a slightly below average 0.98 points per-possession. No prospect in this draft posted up as often as the pair, both of whom rank slightly below average in efficiency due to just how often they were asked to create this own shot on the block per-game. Carmichael is the better finisher, scoring 1.39 points per-shot around the rim last season, but Davies edges him in the post, scoring 0.95 PPP to Carmichael's 0.90 over a remarkable 9.7 possessions with his back to the basket per-game.
-Richard Howell and Trevor Mbakwe are the bullies of this group, seeing nearly a quarter of their total possessions on put backs from offensive rebounds. Both rank as less than prolific jump shooters but slightly above average finishers despite their lack of great size, but provide clear value with their ability to bang in the paint and generate extra possessions on the offensive end.
-Erik Murphy, Ryan Kelly, and Kenny Kadji represent the truest stretch fours in this year's draft. With nearly 30% of their possessions coming as spot-up shooters, each ranks in the top-5 players in this group in points per-jump shot. As finishers, Kadji is the only one of the three who ranks better than average, scoring a respectable 1.34 PPP around the rim.