The Phoenix Suns witnessed T.J. Warren’s ability to score at summer league. They’ve said that his strength stands out and that certainly helps him finish at the rim. For not being an elite athlete, he was exceptional at North Carolina State in 2013-14 by finishing 75.9 percent of the time at the rim, according to Hoop-Math.com.
The Nylon Calculus crew has added an NCAA shotchart database to their already-incredible NBA shotchart section, and nothing surprises about Warren’s shotchart from last season. He took a lot of shots in the paint and rarely stepped outside of it to shoot anything but three-pointers. He was crazy efficient considering that he 1) took so many shots everywhere in the paint and 2) he did a bit of that damage on his own. Only 35.9 percent of his two-point jumpers (i.e. two-point attempts not at the rim) were assisted. Warren could improve his three-point shooting but that was already clear.
In Summer League, Warren proved to be effective in transition. He finished through contact. He also was great at cutting to get himself open. But from his N.C. State shotchart, it’s obvious where he is effective despite needing to create for himself.
Nothing surprising, but now we can see a visual representation of what we assumed.