Originally Posted by m5racer
I was at Wed game and Demar has improved so much in this passing department that he kinda does deserve to be there....VS ATL they shot a stat up to the big screen that was pretty surprising.
Demar was 15 assists away from passing his 2012-2013 assists total for the year (in which he played in every game)....Thats one hell of a stat considering he is not only scoring more this year then last year, but he has almost doubled his assist rate in one year. I think he was put into the contest mainly for that reason....kinda like a most improved passer of the year thus far.....
2012-2013 - PPG 18 Assists 2.5 - 204 total assists through 82 games
2013-2014 - PPG 22 Assists 3.8 - 192 total assists through 50 games
He is also 35th in assists in the league this year and is 3ed amongst SG's in assists this year
DeMar has indeed improved his passing game, but let's not go overboard here. Most of those raw stats come from his crazy minutes played and usage numbers. He's 5th in the league in MPG and 2nd among guards (slightly behind Harden). He has the 6th highest usage rate among players who play 36 minutes per game or more. And of those 22 players, he has the 12th highest assist rate (about middle of the pack).
So yes, he's improved to an acceptable level of passing, but he's not exactly a world-beater there.