The Red Shirt Theory: Northwest Division

Here’s the recap of the genesis of the Red Shirt Theory. Now we’re covering the Northwest division.

Utah Jazz

Diante Garrett. 1048 minutes in 71 games and he managed a 21.7 turnover percentage. 3.5 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. So not only did Garrett not do much in his 14.8 minutes per game, but also turned the ball over over 1/5th of his handles. The Jazz were crazy bad last year even though they have a young promising lineup, but if Garrett is eating up that many bench minutes, they won’t exit the cellar for a while.

NBA: Preseason-Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

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Denver Nuggets

Darrell Arthur. A PER of 9.4 in 68 games. He had the second worst Offensive Win Share of the team with -0.5. 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. His FG percentage was 39.5%. Arthur was in his fourth year out of the pedigree college of University of Kansas, but those numbers on a poor team like the Nuggets were hard to hide.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Alexey Shved. The Twolves guard who was once famously told by teammate Ricky Rubio to “Put a smile on your face” had little to smile about last year. He had a 10.2 PER with a 32.1 FG% and an average of only 4.0 points per game. Shved was highly touted as another European prospect supposed to take off in the NBA, but so far, has not even taken off his warmups in an effective manner yet.

Portland Trailblazers

Joel Freeland. 52 games, but no starts, and in 14 minutes a game, averaged 3.3 points a game. His FG average was 47.5% but he only averaged 3.1 attempts a game. Being a backup will get you some limited time, and being behind Robin Lopez probably didn’t help. But Freeland could learn a few things from Sideshow Rob.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder Photo credit: sbnation

Kendrick Perkins. Oh Perk. The Thunder lost in the Western Conference Finals and were derided all playoffs by Scott Brooks insistence of using Kendrick Perkins. His ineffectiveness on the floor lead to a 6.3 PER. He had 8.8 points, 12.7 boards, but also 7.4 fouls and 3.7 turnovers. His OWS was -0.9 and DWS 1.7. For a team without much depth behind Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the fact that Perkins was allowed to be on the starting five is a poor showing by Scott Brooks. And it seems he’ll be back next year!


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