Last year Mike Prada had a series of posts where he discussed John Wall's assist opportunities. Interestingly enough, the NBA's new player tracking data now has this data -- for everybody! So now we can do some real hard core analysis.
Let's look at the top 100 players in the NBA by assists, so far this season. That group of players has earned 1,694 assists off of 3,278 assist opportunities, for a conversion rate of 51.7%. This is about what we expect -- the average fg% leaguewide is about 48% or so, and it's no surprise that assist opportunities are higher percentage shots in general.
Now let's look at the top 25 players by assists per game. John Wall is 5th right now, with 8.7 assists per game, about where he was at last year. His teammates are converting 46.5% of the 18.7 opportunities he creates for them per game. Also about where he was last year. Gosh, 46.5% looks pretty low, particularly since the average is about 51.7%. Just how bad is it?
Among these top 25 players (interestingly enough, Dallas, Golden State, Miami, Phoenix, and Portland each have two players in this list), 46.5% is good for 22nd. If Wall's teammates converted 51.7% of the opportunities he's created so far this year, he would be averaging 9.7 assists per game.
My purpose in these posts is to provide some fun statistical tidbits and not to editorialize. But wow. Wall's teammates suck, suck, suck.