Examining Gasol’s Shot Production

Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs - Game TwoIt is no revelation that Lakers forward Pau Gasol has sacrificed his individual game for the betterment of the team.

Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell noted last week that Gasol has moved farther and farther away from the rim over the last two seasons in order to accomodate his teammates, most notably Andrew Bynum in 2011-12 and Dwight Howard in 2012-13.

Even the 7-foot Spaniard acknowledged in his exit interview that it took coach Mike D’Antoni and his staff some time to learn how to best utilize his unique skillset, one that operates much more efficiently out of the post.

As evidenced by the shot charts below, Gasol found himself closer to the basket, and much more in his comfort zone, as the season progressed:

- In 16 October/November games, he averaged 3.9 shot attempts per game from less than 5 feet.
- In 17 December/January games, he again averaged 3.9 shot attempts per game from less than 5 feet.
- In 8 February/March games, he averaged 5.6 shot attempts per game from less than 5 feet.
- In 8 April games, he averaged 6.4 shot shot attempts per game from less than 5 feet.
*All information below is courtesy of NBA.com/stats.

October/November:
Overall: 80 for 189 (42.3 percent)
- Less than 5 feet: 37 for 63 (58.7 percent)
- 5-9 feet: 5 for 29 (17.2 percent)
- 10 feet and beyond: 38 for 97 (39.2 percent)
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December/January:
Overall: 82 for 173 (47.4 percent)
- Less than 5 feet: 43 for 67 (64.2 percent)
- 5-9 feet: 8 for 23 (34.8 percent)
- 10 feet and beyond: 31 for 83 (37.3 percent)
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February/March:
Overall: 49 for 102 (48.0 percent)
- Less than 5 feet: 25 for 45 (55.6 percent)
- 5-9 feet: 7 for 12 (58.3 percent)
- 10 feet and beyond: 17 for 45 (37.8 percent)
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April:
Overall: 59 for 115 (51.3 percent)
- Less than 5 feet: 33 for 51 (64.7 percent)
- 5-9 feet: 8 for 24 (33.3 percent)
- 10 feet and beyond: 18 for 40 (45.0 percent)
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Pre All-Star Break:
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Post All-Star Break:
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