Here you go, guys. Better late than never, right?
Below is Singler's three-point shooting chart for the season. His 33.5% mark is the lowest of his college career; lower by far than his 39.9% mark from a year ago. I thought it might be interesting to see how he's shooting from different spots on the floor. I'm not sure how much it can really tell us, but it's interesting anyway. A few notes:
*This is my second time using Adobe Illustrator. Go easy on me.
*I used CBS' shot charts for each Duke game this season. When I finished, I had Singler 56/165 on the year. He's actually 57/170. I either missed five three pointers, or CBS didn't plot them. It was probably me. In any case, I don't think it matters much for this chart, since we're looking at trends and we have a good sample size. But for the sticklers of the world, there's one more made three and four more misses out there somewhere.
*The court is divided into five zones. Each zone has about the same floor space, even if it doesn't look that way on the chart. The only one that's slightly smaller is the top of the key, which I measured as though the lane was extended straight to the top of the arc.
*Each symbol only represents a made or missed shot in that region. Don't take their placement on the graph as an indication that Singler shot the ball from that exact spot. Each shot could have been taken anywhere within the given zone. It probably would have been cooler to show the exact locations, but I think it would have been too cluster-y in this case.
That all being said, here you go.
*Dude is great from the right wing. 30-61, for 49%. He takes the most shots from that side, and it's his second-most successful zone.
*A close second for shots taken is the left wing, but the results there are terrible: 14-58, 24%.
*He's miserable from the right corner: 1-15 on the year and easily the worst zone.
*Oddly, though, the left corner is his best percentage zone: 8-15, 50%.
*The top of the key has not been good Mr. Singler. 3-15, 20%.
Here's the only possible explanation I can think of: he's much better shooting while moving to his left. The majority of the shots from the left wing, a terrible zone, come when he curls off screens from the right corner or right block. He's moving right. In the right corner, he clearly can only be moving to the right, since the left is out of bounds. Again, this is a real bad zone. On the right wing, though, he's mostly coming off curl screens inside or from the right corner, and his momentum is coming left. Same deal in the left corner; he's usually going to be fading down from the right wing.
But this is all speculation without seeing the actual video. Still, you'd think the coaching staff would be on this stuff and try to spring him in his hot zones a bit more. Judging from the CBS shot charts, though, there's been no big change in his shooting patterns over the past month. He continues to spread it around at a roughly even clip.
Let me know what you think. And please, by all means, give me your stylistic feedback on the chart. I'm loving these new programs like Illustrator, and I want to learn to use them well. Sorry again for the late post. I'm back tomorrow morning on the usual schedule.