The worst season in NBA history is in the books, and it’s time to look at the players who made it all possible.
In the coming days I’ll take a look at every single Bobcats player (and I mean every single one), grade their season, and take a look into their future.
The other day I looked at DJ White’s (mediocre-at-best) season. Today, it’s Boris Diaw’s turn.
There once was a man in the NBA who played the forward-center position, even though he was a severely undersized 5. After his first two seasons in the league, his true shooting percentage (takes into account free-throws and three pointers) never dipped below 50 percent. Until this year.
Even with such accuracy, he never averaged more than 14.4 points per 36 minutes. He was a good passer, though, and throughout his career he’s averaged just under 4.5 assists per 36 minutes.
Those assists usually came at the expense of the rest of his offense; He would constantly pass up wide open jumpers to *try* and thread a razor sharp pass under the rim to a teammate. This might have something to do with why he averaged close to 2.5 turnovers per 36 minutes.
His name was Boris Diaw, and I painted that long and pointless picture to tell you that in short, a guy who was an average scorer and passer throughout his career, magically became a below-average-to-dreadful scorer and thought he was a point guard in his final season with the Bobcats.
His per 36 scoring numbers dropped to 9.6, but his per 36 assist numbers hovered around six the entire year.
His coach benched him for an extended period of time leading up to the all star break, and for some unfathomable reason, when the Bobcats couldn’t trade him, they let him walk… to the San Antonio Spurs… who could very well win the NBA championship this year… Are you kidding me?
What’s freaking hilarious is the fact that with Charlotte in 2012, his offensive rating was a *&$#@#ing 89, but with the Spurs, it’s now 111. I know San Antonio runs a much better offensive system than Charlotte, but come on.
This stat cannot be explained by a system. It can only be explained by effort.
Boris Diaw’s defensive rating with Charlotte this season was 111. With San Antonio it’s 102. That’s nine points fewer per 100 possessions that Diaw’s giving up. Those nine points could have been the difference between Charlotte being the worst NBA team ever or being the second, or maybe even third worst team ever.
AND CHARLOTTE LET HIM WALK TO A CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER!
Perhaps (definitely) I’m being harsh.
Diaw had a pretty decent rebound percentage, grabbing 11 percent of available boards while he was on the floor. He averaged 1.2 steals and half a block per 36 minutes and averaged just 2.5 fouls per 36 minutes.
But i’m failing him here partially because his turnover percentage (turnovers per 100 possessions) was 22 percent, and mostly because after the way he performed this year for the Bobcats, he doesn’t deserve anything better than an F.
I’ve said just about all I can say here.
The Spurs gained one more hater by picking up Diaw.