WORK IN PROGRESS: Justin Baker’s increased numbers this season are not enough to satisfy him as he helps the Port City Power chase a playoff spot. He wants to score 23 points a game and pick up 15 rebounds.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Justin Baker’s increased numbers this season are not enough to satisfy him as he helps the Port City Power chase a playoff spot. He wants to score 23 points a game and pick up 15 rebounds. Mike Richards

Power import wants better statistics to get to playoffs

JUSTIN Baker is back at the Port City Power for one reason - in 2013 he impressed with his all-court play.

Through three matches in the Queensland Basketball League so far, Baker is statistically better.

He is scoring three more points per match, pulling in 1.5 for rebounds and shooting the ball seven percent better.

But the power forward is not allowing his ego the pleasure of listening to numbers.

"For one thing, I have a good team, so statistics can be misleading," he said.

Baker admits the quality of shot he is getting this year is better, therefore producing a higher percentage.

The need for him to give his all every possession is less because of a better team around him.

It leaves more energy to rebound the ball and get gritty touches.

But all considered, Baker believes his numbers are low.

"I expect my point production to be 23 and my rebounds to be 15," he said.

"That is not for my own pleasure but for the team."

Everything Baker is doing is to get the team to win, and analysing his own role and numbers is a part of it.

According to the American, the Power is better this season than his previous visit, which means he has to be as well.

But before he gets carried away with his 23 points and 15 rebounds, there is something else Baker wants to work on.

"It is being of the right mindset. It is not our divine right that because we match up well that we will win," he said.

"As a team we have been better since the Mackay game. We understood we had a good team, but did not understand that despite that we still have to get the job done."

The Power is away to Mackay on Saturday.

Baker's numbers -  2013 then 2015:

Points - 16.7, 20

Rebounds - 9.4, 11

Shooting percentage - 44.4, 51.2

3-Point percentage - 30.1, 47.1

Blocks - 0.3, 0.7



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