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:
FG%: 41.4
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 %.
3PT%: 29.2%
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)
FT%: 75.2
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?