The Washington Wizards had their man in Johnny Davis with the 10th overall pick. Love or hate the selection, the Wisconsin product certainly brings some tangible skills to areas where wizards need it.
Davis took a huge leap as a sophomore for the Badgers, going from bench scorer to first bona fide option in the span of a year. The increased role highlighted some of his strengths while also highlighting some of his areas for improvement.
Here are five areas of stats worth finding out about Johnny Davis’ breakout campaign with Wisconsin in 2021-22:
5 Statistical Superlatives That Define Johnny Davis
Statistic #1 – USE
To say the Wisconsin Badgers relied on Johnny Davis to carry the offensive burden would be a huge understatement. He has been their offence.
According to the T-Rank database, Davis’s usage rate went from 18.0 in his freshman year to 31.6 percent of possessions last season. To put that into perspective, only 12 NBA stars broke the 30% mark last season. Closest to Davis rate? LeBron James at 31.7%.
Its brand is equally extravagant compared to its peers. Johnny Davis was one of 52 college players above the board by 30%, ranking 29th among the NCAA’s thousands of qualified players last season.
Of the 40 players in the 2022 NBA draft class who played in the NCAA last season, only three others had a usage rate above 30%. Davis was the only one above 31.0%.
Statistic #2 – Turnover
One area where Johnny Davis impressed was dealing with basketball. Despite being the focal point of Wisconsin’s offense, those possessions rarely resulted in a turnover.
He’s averaging 2.3 turnovers per game, which doesn’t seem too small at first glance. But coupled with his exorbitant usage rate, Davis’ turnover rate on the ball was remarkably low.
His 12.7% turnover rate was the 5th lowest in his draft class despite having the highest usage rate among those same 40 NCAA peers. None of the four players ranked below him in Iowa State’s Keegan Murray, Duke’s Mark Williams, Trevor Keels and AJ Griffin were also primary ball handlers.
Statistic #3 – EFFICIENCY
Although he limited his mistakes, Johnny Davis wasn’t exactly efficient when it came to scoring the basketball. He finished with 42.7% shooting from the field, which in itself is already far from ideal for a main goalscorer.
The efficiency measures put forward were even less favorable to JD. His effective field goal percentage (46.3%) and true shooting percentage (52.2%) were among the worst in the category, ranking 37th out of 40 in both categories.
Davis was largely hurt by his lack of reliable shooting from the three-point line, taking relatively few threes (3.9 3PA) and being poor at knocking them down (30.6 3P%).
Stat #4 – MID-RANGE
Johnny Davis’ weapon of choice is the mid-range jump shot, which is part of why the efficiency numbers were pretty tough for him.
Davis was one of 10 NCAA players last season to attempt more than 200 shots from midrange. He ranked second worst on this list when it came to making them, connecting on 84 of 228 attempts, good for a pedestrian knockdown rate of 36.8%.
He took the most in the 2022 NBA draft class by far, owning a 20-attempt lead over second place EJ Liddell of Ohio State, who was much more efficient with a 99-for-208 clip for a rate. by 47.6%.
Stat #5 – BOUNCE UP
Johnny Davis is very proud of his defense. A key part of that for him last season was being one of the best backcourt rebounders in the country for Wisconsin, averaging 8.2 boards per game. This mark was exactly double his average from the previous season while getting less than 50% increase in minutes.
Davis achieved this by dramatically improving his defensive rebound rate, actively smashing the glass after coming to rest at that end of the floor. He went from a D-Reb rate of 14.9% to 23.8% as a sophomore, which puts him fourth in the 2022 class just behind Chet Holmgren while ahead of other centers like Walker Kessler , Jalen Duren and Mark Williams.
Statistics never paint the complete picture when it comes to assessing NBA draft prospects. But they sketch out some of the contours that shape what the player is ultimately capable of at the next level.
It is up to the Wizards coaching staff to use the data available on Johnny Davis to maximize his development in the upcoming season.