Here be the remains of the 2013-14 Red Shirt Theory for the NBA. This time we go after the Central Division in all it’s gritty glory.
Generally I try to find a player that has been in at least 50 games in order to give the stats a fair shake, but the Bucks were in such a tank mode that only 8 players played more than 50 games. And of those, only 4 played more than 70! So Ekpe and his book club get the Ensign treatment for this team, with a 7.6 PER in 42 games. 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and a block a game for a team lacking frontcourt depth. His turnover rate was 18.8% and a Win Share/48 of .000. He was dealt at the end of the season.
Poor KCP, on a team with a handful of ball stoppers in Rodney Stuckey, Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. KCP put up a 9.4 PER in 80 games. He only attempted 5.8 FGs a game, and only 2.3 three point attempts, concluding in 5.9 points per game. His turnover rate was 5.4%, but for a guy who is a shooter, he just went to waste in the land of a thousand iso’s.
Even more shocking than his appearance on this list to to discover Gee played in all 82 games for the Cavs in 2012-13. The 26 year old was in 65 games this season, squeezing out a 8.6 PER, with a 14.3 TOV%, wrapping up with 4.0 points, 0.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds. He was used as a trade piece to re-build the Cavs for LeBron James and wound up on the cutting room floor a month before the season when the Sacramento Kings waived him on September 25th.
The 22 year old Snell put time in 77 games in a weak bench Bulls team and managed an 8.0 PER with a 11.1 TOV%. He averaged 4.5 ppg on 4.4 FGA in 16 minutes per game. The Bulls shooting was abysmal and it’s a shame Snell never found his footing, but his defensive prowess trades off on the court. Since the Bulls finally added some shooters, Snell may thrive this coming season, but last year, he was Ensign class.
Oh god you guys, Evan Turner. Now the starting PG of the Boston Celtics, because why not just keep trying to blow it up? Yes he came over in a trade, but Turner is almost Red Shirt Hall of Fame already. TOV% of 14.2, True Shooting percentage of .468 and 7.1 ppg, 2.4 assists and a per game FG% of .411. And all he’s supposed to do is shoot! It was a huge miscalculation to bring him to the Pacers, because Lance Stephenson basically did the same job and the two of them blew up at each other while the Pacers team melted on court.