NBA Stats

Apr 10 2013 5:38PM

Are the Knicks Playing like the 2011 Mavericks?

By Jay Cipoletti

Led by a sweet shooting forward (54.5% eFG) and key contributions from Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler, the Dallas Mavericks outscored their opponents by 5.3 points per 100 possessions during the regular season on their way to an NBA Championship in 2011.

Led by a sweet shooting forward (50.3% eFG) and key contributions from Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler, the New York Knicks are outscoring their opponents by 5.3 points per 100 possessions through 76 games, on their way to...?

The comparisons between the two clubs don't stop there. They play a very similar brand of basketball.

OffRtgDefRtgNetRtgPIEA/TORDReFGTO RatioPace
Knicks108.6103.35.351.4%1.5825.9%74.9%51.3%13.2%92.0
Mavs107.6102.35.353.8%1.7124.1%74.8%52.5%15.0%93.4

The Knicks version of Chandler and Kidd...

OffRtgDefRtgNetRtgMinutesUsg
Chandler110.2103.76.53212.8%
Kidd108.8103.05.82711.7%

... holds a slight average Net Margin edge over the Mavs version - 6.15 to 5.9 - playing nearly identical minutes per game.

OffRtgDefRtgNetRtgMinutesUsg
Chandler109.1101.08.12714.2%
Kidd107.1103.43.73314.2%

And about those sweet shooting forwards...

OffRtgDefRtgNetRtgMinutesUsg
Melo110.5104.26.33735.0%
Dirk111.1100.211.03428.2%

... during the Knicks 13-game win streak, Melo's Usage Rate has climbed to above 38%. In five April games, his Offensive Rating is an otherworldly 125.3 on a Usage Rate of 38.9%. He is already carrying the Knicks offensively in much the same way Dirk carried the 2011 Mavs to the title.

Can it last into June?