Tweet from NBA analyst Couper Moorhead:
Couper wrote:Last 3 years, among players 6'9"+, nobody has shot a worse % (.543) in the restricted area than DeMarcus Cousins (500+ FGA)
How bad would Cousins shoot playing on Boston with Rondo, Perkins, and Garnett as teammates? How much of his shooting inefficiency is situational?
Andray Blatche can't finish above the rim as well as DeMarcus Cousins. A huge knock on Andray Blatche's game as a Wizard was that he shot poorly. However, Andray suddenly shoots better with the Brooklyn Nets.http://www.basketball-reference.com/pla ... can01.html
Blatche's career eFG% is .465 but this season he's shooting .497. His career PER is 16.1 but he's up to 23.4 this season. The Wizards amnestied a player who is currently 9th in the league in PER and fourth in ORB%.
I digress. Blatche has better teammates and he's very effective now. However, he's still got the same weaknesses he always had.http://www.basketball-reference.com/pla ... ting/2013/
Blatche is shooting .333 from 3 to 9 feet. He's only shooting .278 from 9 to 15 feet if the shot chart stats are to be believed. He excels from 16 feet to 3PT at .472. The difference is he's getting a lot more at the rim. A lot higher percentage of his shots come right at the rim AND he's finishing better due to being in shape.http://www.basketball-reference.com/pla ... ting/2013/
Looking at Cousins' shooting it is really easy to say that he can't shoot well anywhere but within three feet. Dunks and layups are all he needs to take. If I were to predict for a team like Boston I think Cousins would be very similar to Blatche for them. Blatche improved from shooting 45% on 2 point shots for the Wizards to shooting 50% for the Nets. Quality of shots and confidence levels makes a big difference. Playing with an elite playmaker makes a difference.
If Cousins were a Wizard I wonder what would restrain him from taking bad shots and how good the quality of his shots would be. Obviously, a lot would depend on the availability of a healthy John Wall to facilitate Cousins getting his share of dunks and layups.
Thanks, Ernie Grunfeld.
Brooks played Mahinmi, Smith, and Bogdanovic at the same time. Wonder why the Wizards lost momentum at that time?