Matt Bonner: Regular season vs. playoffs

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The following are a few infographics comparing Matt Bonner’s numbers from the 2010-11 regular season to the 2011 NBA Playoffs, when the Spurs were beaten in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies. Long story short, one of these things is not like the other ones.

Minutes per game

Here is a look at the minutes Bonner averaged per game. Bonner’s slice of the pie compares to the whole of a 48 minute game.

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Points per game

Here we take a look at Matty’s points per game. In these graphics, Bonner’s slice compares to the averages of the entire team. For instance, Bonner’s 7.3 regular season points per game compares to the 103.7 the Spurs averaged as a team.

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Perimeter shooting

Here we see how Bonner’s 3-point shooting changed from the regular season to the playoffs. Bonner’s slice of the pie compares to a 100% average.

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Rebounding

Much like in points per game, Matty’s slice of the pie compares to what the Spurs averaged as a team rebounding the ball.

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  • Tyler

    I assume these are last year’s numbers, not career numbers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcus.mondragon Marcus Edward Mondragon

    How many shots did Bonner take in the playoffs?

  • LasEspuelas

    What is the rest of the pie?

  • John

    Just further evidence of things we already knew. When the little “Playoff” logo is on the floor, Bonner gets scared.

  • Crigney

    Bonner isn’t as good in the playoffs, we knew that already.    

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Yeah good call, I added some text to the post to clarify.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Just updated the post to clarify that which I left out.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Bonner averaged a little over four shots a game in the playoffs. Down from about five-and-a-half in the regular season.

  • TominATX

    I don’t believe that Bonner is scared in the playoffs.  The teams in the playoffs are just better teams and play tougher defense.  Now, if everyone else on the Spurs has the same shooting percentage in the playoffs as they do in the regular season, that would be evidence of Bonner’s playoff fears, but my guess is that many players have lower percentages in the playoffs.

  • Titletown99030507d

    I like pecan pie. Bonner needs to eat less pie.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Bad logo, Bad logo.

  • Chris

    Pop’s great, but he’s not infallible.  He’s hard-headed to a fault sometimes, and the sooner he realizes Bonner will never EVER be Robert Horry, the better for us all.

  • Chris

    And, that’s not a ding on Bonner, I like his energy & shooting – in the appropriate situations.

  • Davidsharpii

    Everyones’s three point percentages go down in the playoffs.  That’s what happens when people actually play defense.

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  • etomai

    Yeah, it would be great to see shooting percentages for some other players who rely on the 3 to be effective.

  • Anonymous

    So the verdict is that he just didn’t get many good looks.  I noticed that he shot a decent percentage from 2-point territory, which means they were chasing him off the line.  Not surprising, actually.  That he managed to shoot 48% from the floor overall is interesting, as it’s an improvement over his regular season numbers.

  • Anonymous

    So the verdict is that he just didn’t get many good looks.  I noticed that he shot a decent percentage from 2-point territory, which means they were chasing him off the line.  Not surprising, actually.  That he managed to shoot 48% from the floor overall is interesting, as it’s an improvement over his regular season numbers.

  • SpurINhouston

    Instead of a pie chart it would have been more appropriate to have used a “sandwich graph”….this IS Matt Bonner, sandwich extraordinaire (does he still make those ‘search for the tastiest sandwich’ videos?).

  • Davidsharpii

    Really, the part I like the least about the info above is that a guy who couldn’t guard me is playing 20 minutes a game in the NBA, even in the playoffs.

  • Get Buckets

    Memphis is a pretty good defensive team. They’ve got Tony Allen, probably the best perimeter defender in the NBA, and Shane Battier on the wings and they’re really big inside. Bonner is a stand-still jump-shooter whose only job is to hit wide-open 3’s; it’s much more reasonable to believe that he got fewer open looks than that a professional basketball player couldn’t handle the pressure because it was the playoffs.

  • Bruno

    Blame Pop for it, Bonner shouldn’t play more than 10 minutes/game

  • ZeusVizzle

    sandwich graph lmao

  • Bob

    Not everybody’s. Some people actually step up their game and shoot better. Remeber Jason Richardson when the Spurs were getting swept. You don’t get many attempts in the playoffs so you really have to focus to make the attempts you get count. In the regular season Bonner had enough wide open 3’s from bad defense to bring his average up but he was pretty streaky.

  • Anonymous

    Spurs not livin’ and dyin’ by the Bonner.

  • Titletown99030507d

    That’s where in lies the problem. His defense is worse than his shooting.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Wrong he’s done this 3 years in a row. What they can do is allow him to do a bang up job during the regular season then deactivate him and bring in someone that isnt fragile in the playoffs.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Yes they are. Scratch him and Blair off the roster and get someone who can shoot in the playoffs without having his knees knock and get someone to be focused and taller for the other come playoff time.

  • titletown99030507d

    Can’t wait for the next couple of years to come. We won’t have this problem anymore with Bonner and Blair. Bonner will be gone and for Blair’s sake if he want’s to be in the league let alone this team he better learn himself a shot from the outside to make up for his defense. If he starts making buckets from the outside than everything changes for him. I really like his rebounding and want him to be on this team in the long run only if he can score from the outside. That would justify his place on this team. To say Pop only needs him for his rebounding is stupidity and a waste of meat on the floor. I guess Pop doesn’t care how many times he gets scored on, over, above whatever. At least if he starts nailing that outside shot than he can make up for some of that defense he’s giving up in terms of 2’s over his head.

  • Bry

    Taller? How tall do you want your shooters to be? Anyway, senorglory is right. The Spurs major problem was not some guy who shot 48% from the field and spent the majority of the game on the bench. Parker basically getting outplayed by Conley (which nobody predicted before the series) and Ginobili having a broken arm were the real problem. I came into the series strongly believing that the Spurs had a big advantage in the back-court and on the perimeter, but they never seemed to exploit it.

  • Bry

    Like I’ve said a million times; Bonner and Blair are not the problem, it’s how they’re used that’s the problem. Both of them easily earn the salaries, but they’re being expected to play the roles of starters, when each is really a specialized role player. If you limited each of them to 20 energy-filled minutes during the season and drop them to 12-15 minutes in the playoffs, they’d fill their niche nicely and we’d all be singing their praises. They are over-used either because Pop has too much faith in them or (much more likely) they just don’t have anybody else yet to fill those minutes (ahem, Splitter).

  • Bry

    I still think Bonner is a scapegoat. As you noted below, he shot 48% from the field for the playoffs, and only was on the court for 20 minutes. He is a perimeter player, who managed 48% against what may have been the best perimeter defense in the league. He did that while making 3 million last season. Why do we keep blaming a guy who makes 3 mill and plays 20mpg for a playoff loss?

  • Soyunsmitty

    Because his defense is offensive.

  • Soyunsmitty

    But in all seriousness, re-signing him last summer, and then giving him a pay raise truly befuddled me. Outside of his shooting, his supposed ability to stretch the defense, and sandwich blogging, I believe there are more weaknesses and liabilities to his court presence then strengths.

    I personally have no faith in Bonner’s defense and lack of strength in the low blocks. Time and time again he seemed to struggle and be physically pushed around by mediocre to talented bigs with more muscle and bulk during the season. Against Memphis, you could almost see Zac Randolph smiling as he went up against Bonner during Matty’s limited minutes.

    Furthemore, I believe Memphis proved a defense with good rotation can easily negate whatever “stretch the floor”-ness Bonner provides. It didn’t matter Bonner had a man glued on him on the perimeter, Tony and Manu still had a hard time finding penetration because of Memphis’s quick and speedy rotations. In essence, Bonner seemed to be straight up chilling out on the perimeter, not getting any touches, watching his teammates struggle, and wondering what kind of sandwich he would be eating after the game.

    I agree, Bonner is certainly not the only reason we lost to Memphis. He surely didn’t help though, and seemed to be more of a burden.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Rest my case they are the problem if they are starting! You even said it yourself. Having said that I don’t need to see either of them on the floor more than 5 minutes.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Sorry to tell you if you can’t see what Splitter did in so little time then you aren’t paying attention. I’d rather see Splitter get the bulk of the minutes over those two bozos.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Taller for defense that’s what ate his ass up last few seasons and will continue to see it in the near future. That’s a given. Sorry dude but a 6’7″ center on this team is a waste of player personnel and people are already tired of it. That’s why I said If they have that on the floor again next season he better shoot from the outside and make some points because I’m tired of seeing him for 1 miss rushed lay ups 2 miss easy ass put backs.  Look if your on his bandwagon I understand but the reality is he isnt going to help this team as a starter. 5 minutes is all he gets maybe 8 on a good day. Period.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Taller than the guy guarding him. So he can shoot. 

  • Titletown99030507d

    Why you making excuses for him. If he did his part we wouldn’t be talking about any of this. This has happen three years in a row for Bonner. What gives? He’s not NBA playoff material man. So we are relying on Bonner to spread the defense for everyone else? Good luck.

  • Titletown99030507d

    It sure is offensive.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Dude if your going to have someone in a playoff game for 20 min and get 0 – 4 rebounds as PF and fizzle from the 3 point line.( And it is the 3 point shooting that Pop depended on this season. Big mistake!) Then hell yeah he deserves a lot of the blame. Everything was honky dory during the reg season while he was making all those three’s and people were comparing this team to the bulls 70 win game season until the light switch was turned off in his head. He needs to stop making those stupid sandwich commercials and start practicing shooting from the  3 point line with someone in his face. The last thing I want to see is Bonner coming off the arc and putting the ball on the floor thinking he’s Chris Paul. honestly I’d like to see the FO move Bonner and Blair for a PF that will score inside and get rebounds. That’s what won us 4 Championships not 3 point shooting.

  • Kendall Harp

    Matt Bonner is so one dimensional and you can tell by his rebounding. By the time playoffs start all teams at that point are smart enough to know that all they have to do is make sure anyone has a hand up on him at the perimeter and he will be completely useless to the team. 

  • Kendall Harp

    You are correct!

  • Kendall Harp

    you are correct, Bonner does not need more then 10 minutes a game

  • Bry

    I’m not making excuses for either one of them. I’m just saying the Spurs got what they paid for with both players, and the Spurs losing to Memphis had little to nothing to do with either of those guys. I’ve NEVER advocated starting either one of them, but I still think they are scapegoats. Seriously, how many times has Parker been single-out as a major reason we lost that series, compared to how many times Bonner has?? Was there a 48min write-up comparing Parker’s regular season numbers to what he did (or didn’t do against Memphis?! Look at what Parker is paid! And then look at how many minutes he gets, and you’ll probably realize why I’m confused about why everyone is focusing on two poorly paid role-players instead of Manu and Tony. Like I said, Bonner should get 12-15 MPG come playoff time, in situations where it favors him (there are a TON of NBA bench players who don’t play a lick of D), but I think you guys obsess over him and shamelessly scapegoat him for every playoff loss, despite the fact that he was only on the court 20mgp in the series.

  • Bry

    Yes, but that applies to quite a lot of the NBA, especially shooters coming off the bench.

  • Bry

    Pretty much all of what you said is true, but it’s about putting a limited role player on the court against two pivot monsters like Randolph and Gasol for 20 minutes. Bonner certainly didn’t choose that, and he may even have been the hero in game one if the Spurs didn’t collapse. U guys are missing my point. My point is not that Bonner plays good defense or should be a starter, or should play more minutes; my point is that he’s a 3 million role player (I still have no idea why you are all so upset with his relatively tiny contract) who keeps getting blamed for Spurs playoff woes, when he doesn’t even start.

  • Bry

    What?!  “I’d like to see the FO move Bonner and Blair for a PF that will score inside and get rebounds”
    Put together Bonner and Blair make 4 million per. Which scoring and rebounding PF (and presumably playing good defense) do you think you’re gonna get for that money? That is precisely why your calls to dump Bonner and Blair make no sense. Because of how little they are payed, the Spurs would get little to nothing in return for them. They are far more valuable coming off the Spurs bench than anything the Spurs could get for 4 million on the market. If you have an idea of a PF that would take that salary and do what you are demaning, I’m all ears.

  • Titletown99030507d

    How’s this ears? Kosta Koufos. I would take him instead for Bonner or Blair in a heart beat and if they wanted both so be it. Money matches and he’s 7 foot he’s a rebounder and a good shooter as well and can block a shot or two. Timmy, Splitter, Koufos, and another big pickup for MLE or Dyess’s salary if he’s not here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUZZJy3JFmE

  • Titletown99030507d

    Well if your going to blame Parker for the series than blame Manu for the series against Mavs when he fouled Dirk. Pop will tell you in a min those guys have free reign over the benchers when it comes to off nights and mistakes because he knows they’ll make up for it down the road. Besides Tony already has given us an MVP Championship performance and to lose against the Grizz was not all his fault. It’s (1) Pop’s fault for putting in (2) the BB boys that much in the playoffs. He sat Blair after the third game because Blair could not shoot to save his life or defend and Bonner was supposed to make up for it on the offensive side which he didn’t and just fizzled. How else do you want me to put it. I’ll bet Pop get’s another big  and one of those two see’s less time on the court especially with Splitter already getting a taste of the NBA and playing in the Olympic qualifying trials to say the least sharpening his game and staying fit. And where is Bonner and Blair? If I were them two I’d be at a gym sweating my ass off going thru workouts to improve their game.