Usage Rate Formula=100*[(Team Minutes)/(5*(Player Minutes))]*[(Field Goal Attempts)+0.44*(Free Throw Attempts)+(Turnovers)/[(Team Field Goal Attempts)+0.44*(Team Free Throw Attempts)+Team Turnovers)]
That’s the nerd terms above, but let me highlight the areas that Starks pays most attention to. Minutes, Field Goal Attempts, Free Throw Attempts, and turnovers by a player. These four things are essential to see how much a coach trusts a player in the NBA and how often the player has the ball in his hands during crucial moments.
Minutes will determine the opportunity for a player to collect stats on the floor and coach controls your destiny unless you’re LeBron James or other superstars. You can’t produce unless you’re on the floor.
Field Goal Attempts
Having plays run for a player, or if the coach generally trusts the player to do more scoring for the team will obviously help decide field goal attempts. A player that shoots the ball often is involved in the offense and has potential to produce for your fantasy team.
Free Throw attempts
Again, if a player is attempting a shot and gets fouled, its still helping the team and providing more contributions from the player, and stats for their fantasy value. This will generally be higher in players willing to drive the lane.
This occurs when a player loses possession of the ball to the opposing team. Like all of the above, the ball has to be in the hands of the player at the moment or right before, so this will generally be higher in players that handle the ball.
More Minutes, Field Goal Attempts, and Free Throw Attempts will help a player rise in value for your fantasy team. Turnovers on the other hand can harm your team. Also keep in mind that FG% and FT attempts can harm you if you’re not getting the return you’re looking for from that player. It’s pretty self-explanatory how Usage Rate can determine a players fate in the NBA. Now I would like to speak on a Starks Guy.
Josh Richardson was once a low usage rate type of player in the beginning of his career, but has been trending up each year. He fills up the stat sheet in many areas including out of position blocks and steals. Although he has taken a small dip in blocks this year at .06 vs. .09 in 2017, he gets a pass, because of the responsibility he has for the Miami Heat offense.
Miami is an oddly constructed team post-LeBron, where there are no true superstars on the roster. The closest they have are an aging Goran Dragic, who is currently battling injuries and the mercurial Hassan Whiteside, a sometimes dominating center, but never a usage hog. Former lottery pick has played well recently, but overall has been underwhelming. That leaves the young Richardson to take the mantle, and by all indications from Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra, it’s his for the taking.
This player has been trusted by Spoe and Riley each year to take on more of a role. This year Richardson has made the biggest leap taking more field goal attempts and free throw attempts. It does come on the heels of a Dragic injury but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he wasn’t a budding star in the making. Talent normally finds a way to the top. I’m trading for him in Redraft and Dynasty Leagues.
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