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Put the Goggles On: Quincy Pondexter

Put the Goggles on is a series at Elevator Doors pointing out players that you might not be paying attention to, but should. Today we put the goggles on for Quincy Pondexter.

With the 15th game of the season, QPon has already matched his entire game appearances in 2013-14, as he had a falling out with head coach Dave Joerger and then fell injured for the remainder of the season.

The bench unit for the Grizzlies was really needed to step up from their season last year and Pondexter was going to be needed for shooting on a team that isn’t known to whip the ball at the hoop with a fury.

In a Small Sample Size Theater trip, we see that Pondexter has 9.8 ppg, shooting 34.7% with 3.5 rpg and 2 assists. These aren’t earth shattering stats, but no one is expecting that. The Grizzlies bench unit floundered for a while until Nick Calathes got his confidence and started a nifty drive and kick game with Mike Miller behind the three-point line.

Calathes has just returned from his suspension, but Beno Udrih is a capable back up. Rich Homie Pon should look towards one of his replacements last year to model his season after. James Johnson came out of the D League to give the Grizz streaky shooting, but great perimeter defense and rebounding. With Pon on the court, Grizzlies rebounds on both sides of the court increase, assists, steals and blocks also get a push.

It’s a cop out to look at the stats and concentrate on the intangibles. Obviously Pondexter needs to better his performance, but there is always space on the Grizzlies floor for someone who can stay busy, pester an opponent and keep favor, even just a slice of it, to the Grizzlies.

Put The Goggles On: Dennis Schroder

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Put The Goggles On will be a segment where I make suggestions as to who is interesting to watch. For the first installment, I look at the young point guard in Atlanta, Dennis Schroder.

He was drafted with the 17th overall pick in the 2013 draft, but mostly sat on the end of the bench until this season. Once Lou Williams was dealt, Schroder moved up to the backup PG on the depth chart above Shelvin Mack.

He’s only 21 years old and his guard play doesn’t seem to have been completely defined yet. He only has 2.8 assists per game and he has a rocket jump shot that leads to him having 7.8 ppg and can slash to the basket on par with Jeff Teague. There are lots of comparisons to Rondo, he’s got a third gear that’s really quick and watching him turn a corner is ridiculous, but will he wind up being a score first or pass first guard?

His Heat Map from this season affirms a slashing guard who can kill a jumper

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A look at his True Usage from Nylon Calculus

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His shot usage and assist usage are pretty similar, and his Shot/Touch% is low for a guy who has such a good shot. The True Turnover Percentage is also really low. Given the issues the Hawks offense can go through, having Schroder be the spark off the bench could be a great second wave of offense. The worry is that he will defer to passing on a second unit that can’t shoot that well. So his development is as contingent on the bench than they are on his own skill set.

But checking in on these highlights from last year, he should be a fun reason to tune in.