Monday, January 29, 2007
Larry and his brittle bones are stealin' Benjamins' Baby
I don't mean to berate Ferry and his miscalculation in taking Larry Hughes, but perhaps the front office should have done more homework.
Nerd stats for yo ass:
Larry Hughes has NEVER played more then 73 games in a season. In fact, Hughes has played, on average, 60 games out of 82, or 73% of all the games he has played (not counting this season). Perfect. I also believe he has been injured with every possible ailment this side of DeJuan Wagner (who has is fuckin colon removed).
Some other career nerdy numbers:
You have got to be shitting me. A shooting guard has a career average of less then 42% shooting the rock under the 3 point line. You know who can shoot better then 42%? Desmond Mason. And Desmond Mason is pretty god aweful at shooting the ball. Ok, let's examine his 3PT %.
What. The fuck. 29%? You know who shoots better then 29% from the 3 point arc? Air Bud. Larry is actually having a pretty good 06/07 year shooting beyond the arc (ranked 17th out of all SG's) but his career number hovers around the Yakhouba Diawara range...which is bad (no need to look it up)
Ok this isn't too bad, but he is averaging 4.5 free throws/game for his career. This is on par for the league, but as a SG who is making top 25 money, it is quite low.
Now for the other important career numbers
15.2ppg 4.6rpg, 3.3apg
In 2002-03, Hughes scored 857 points. In the 03-04 season, he scored 1148 points. The following year, his CONTRACT year, he scored 1345 points in 61 games, and averaged 6 rpg and 4.5 apg. Quite the outlier, don't you think?