O RLY? Brandon Rush
The above quote comes from the Yahoo! Sports Indiana Pacers homepage, where they always include an new interesting player/coach sentiment every day. It’s a nice little feature and one that I probably shouldn’t be talking about so nicely given my ESPN affiliations. Hopefully, Goofy is off drinking at his New Year’s party and will never see this post.
“We’re settling for a lot of jump shots instead of taking it to the hole.” – Swingman Brandon Rush.
That’s a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty bold card for you to be playing, Brandon. Because all it takes is one quick look at Hoopdata’s handy-dandy shot locations chart for Rush to find out that he is one of the largest contributors to this phenomenon. (See the slightly modified-for-size screenshot below for data.)
So far in 2009-10, Brandon has taken 5.9 FGAs per game from outside of 10 feet compared to just 1.9 FGAs per game from 10 feet and closer. And not only is his number of attempts from close range lower than last years 2.2 per game (which came in 3.5 fewer minutes per game, by the way), but his shooting percentage this season from 10 feet and out is lower across the board than last year. (41% vs. 32% from 10-15 feet, 40% vs. 38% from 16-23 feet, and 37% vs. 34% — or 56% vs. 51% in eFG% terms — from three.)
When you also factor in that Brandon is one of the few people on this roster who actually has the quickness, size and ball-handling ability to drive to the hoop and score … maybe you might just wanna stop talking for a while.
I mean, I’m one of the worst “Do as a I say, not as I do” hypocrites you’ll ever meet. But even I wouldn’t tell my teammates that they should be driving more when I’m just standing around chucking terrible jumpshots.