This week for my advanced analytics article, we take a look at the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Steal Percentage surprises and those that made the list.
What is steal percentage (STL%)? It is the percentage of opponent possessions that finish with a player's steal when he was on the court. The calculation itself is quite complicated but goes as follows: the formula is 100 * (STL * (Tm MP / 5)) / (MP * Opp Poss).
I won’t get into the calculation as it is quite confusing. But it is interesting to note some known players that should/would make the list and also those that maybe don’t quite belong but have made impacts on their respective teams with steals.
Disclaimer: This post was written in advance of the games on Saturday, November 19, so all stats and opinions will not include these games.
If you would like to further knowledge on Buy Low-Sell High players please take a look at Greyson’s article 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Buy Low-Sell High.
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Steal Percentage Surprises
Dennis Smith Jr., PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets
DENNIS. SMITH. JR. SHEESH. pic.twitter.com/VTBknRjOxM
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 27, 2021
Smith Jr. has been quite a surprise this season after a quiet and almost non-existent last few seasons. With Lamelo Ball only recently starting his campaign, Smith got an opportunity to showcase his talents. He is currently ranked second in steal percentage at 3.2 (OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors is the leader at STL% of 3.4). Smith currently averages 1.9 steals per game keeping him in the top 10 for steals in the league.
The North Carolina State product is currently injured with a left ankle sprain but hopes to get out there and help a very short-handed and likely lottery-destined Hornets compete. He may not get as many minutes, but he should be able to contribute to your steals column.
Immanuel Quickley, PG/SG, New York Knicks
Nuggets players shot 3-14 (21.4%) last night when being guarded by Immanuel Quickley.
ALL DEFENSE QUICK pic.twitter.com/xreEEWB2q2
— Teg🚨 (@IQfor3) November 17, 2022
Quickley, only in his third year in the league, is really giving me good defensive vibes. He is currently at a steal percentage of 2.9% which is third in the league and averages 1.6 steals per game. Not normally known for his stealing ability, Immanuel has doubled his steal output average from last season.
The Knicks are guard-heavy at the moment which means minutes can be dicey at times. That said, he has been averaging around 24 minutes per game which gives him a great opportunity to improve his steal, among other stats, output.
Managers might want to keep an eye on things in case he does end up in a better scenario. There are speculations that he could be up for a trade. He could help any team with his defensive prowess.
Jalen Suggs PG/SG, Orlando Magic
Jalen Suggs REJECTS Vucevic at the rim! pic.twitter.com/v7jLDLg9oT
— Beyond the RK (@beyondtheRK) November 19, 2022
Suggs is only in his second year. After a disappointing start to his young NBA career, heis posed to make this season count. He is currently at a steal percentage of 2.7% (9th in the league) and averages 1.6 steals per game. With Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz out for the foreseeable future, the Gonzaga product has a real opportunity to be the top guard in Orlando.
Suggs has been balling as he was one of the Magic's standout players versus Chicago. He scored 20 points for the second game in a row while falling two assists short of a double-double and grabbing at least five rebounds for the third straight game. Despite missing five straight games in October, Suggs has played well since his return. He's averaging 13.9 points, 6.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 steals over his last nine games (eight starts).
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