Quin Snyder Rumors

Among the overlooked advanced stats he noted is the ‘screen assist’ — a pick set for a teammate that directly lead to a made basket by that teammate. Jazz center Rudy Gobert currently leads the league with an average of 8.6 screen assists per game that account for an average of 19 points a contest. While the league does track such data (which can be found on its website), the numbers do not appear in traditional box scores or stat sheets, meaning the player’s contribution goes largely unrecognized to all but the most ardent NBA fan — something Snyder wants to change.
“We want to talk about results, we should talk about screen assists from Rudy Gobert,” he said at a team shootaround last week. “He led the league last year with five (per game). There’s plays where his screen is more impactful than the chest pass that someone has to make to a shooter. He may not average 10, but if he did, to me that’s a triple-double and our box scores need to catch up because people read a box score,” Snyder said. “(As coaches) we don’t talk about points per game anymore. We talk about offensive efficiency and someone’s got to start talking about things that we preach as coaches that make winning plays. You play for each other.”
He noted that teams keep track of contested shots on the bench and deflections because they tell a tale, whereas stats like steals often don’t. “You can go for steals and miss a steal and (your opponent) can score so you get things that are very results-oriented because it’s easier to record those things when the ball is in the basket,” he explained. “(However) something like deflections may give a more accurate representation of how a team is playing. Often times, deflections lead to steals but there’s times when deflections are just disruptive and impact the game.”