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Old 12-18-2012, 01:27 PM   #42 (permalink)
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And speaking of our latest PG controversy...

A lot of you have shat on Bargnani, and rightly so, when he was starting over others, like Ed or Amir, potentially more deserving players. Well, if we look on the face of it, so far this season Lowry hasn't done anything to suggest that he should start over Jose Calderon. Forget the team's records with each starting (clearly in favour of Jose) - check out their season stats (combined stats, mind you, with a lot of Jose's minutes coming with the second, scoring-challenged unit):

Lowry:

16 games, 31.0 MPG, 0.406 FG%, 0.342 3pFG%, 0.818 FT%, 5.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.6 SPG 0.6 BPG, 2.6 TOG, 15.8 PPG

Calderon:

25 games, 28.2 MPG, 0.426 FG%, 0.442 3pFG%, 0.902 FT%, 2.4 RPG, 7.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 1.8 TOG 10.1 PPG

Do those stats look like Lowry is clearly the better player? And those are individual stats only. On top of that, one might want to consider that the offence appears to be working better with Calderon at the helm - so, in the "making others better" department, Jose is actually ahead at the moment.

I will admit, we don't have enough evidence on what would happen if Lowry stays healthy for long stretches and actually learns his teammates and where/how they should be getting the ball. But at this point, and precisely because he needs time to do that, I'd bring him off the bench and ask him to prove that he is a better player by actually playing like one at the PG spot.
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