Originally Posted by Doug Smith
Now, had a couple of requests for a “report card” on the players, coaches and season. I generally don’t like them – they are far too subjective – but what the heck. I’ll put grades on but they will be based on a player’s ability, not against the rest of the league. A ‘C’ is an average year for that player. Let the arguments begin.
Guy missed 31 games and the best one he played was night he got hurt in Atlanta. Oh, what might have been.
Almost exactly the same averages (12.5-12.4, 4.1-3.9) as a year ago for Mr. Consistency. He brings same effort every night.
They asked an awful lot of a rookie and for the most part he delivered. Led the team in deflections, which is a stat the coaches love.
Rebounding numbers were down (8.7-10.7) but field goal percentage practically the same and here’s something: He was the third-best fourth-best three-point shooter on the team (40.0)
Was supposed to make his NBA chops as a shooter and then his shot left him in a woeful second second. Still, he is 22 and has lot of time to grow.
No, I have no idea where they would have been without him in the second half of the season.
Made himself a lot of money, and likely earned himself next year’s starting assignment with a fine season. Needs to improve defensively.
If Parker was Mr. Consistent, he was Mr. Inconsistent but when he was going good, he was all over the stat sheet. Tough off-season call.
Part him, part coaching, part scheme but he was a non-factor in the regular season. Playoffs provided hope.
Fell out of favour because he tried to do too much, as he always does. Also hurt by the emergence of Nesterovic.
Guy’s had all the chances he’s going to get here. And has never, ever seized the moment.
Hardly an impact free agent signing.
Oh, what might have been.
Oh, what never will be.
Did he have his best year? No, not by a long shot. Some of Bargnani’s failings are on him, as he admits, but he didn’t have a Celtic-like roster to work with.
Moon was a great find, Kapono wasn’t the greatest of acquisitions but when he went out to make trades, it’s not as if he had a wealth of riches to do deal.
So there you have it, a bunch of average guys who had average years. Anyone really surprised they finished 41-41?