- Jan 15, 2004
For a non-volume shooter like PP who needs to make shots to be effective the raw shooting pct can be misleading. If he’s only able to take the 3-pt shots that he can make at a 41% clip we are discounting the times the ball gets swung to him in rhythm that should create a shot but he gives the ole “up-fake and non-threat dribble or pass” because his windup and low release doesn’t allow him to get the shot off against defensive length. It cripples the entire halfcourt set which only has 8-12 seconds to generate a shot off movement before going to iso in the final 6-8 seconds of the shot clock.Hmm, definitely more negativity on Pritch than I would have expected. I've been watching him closely most of the season. I'm still seeing the glass half full, and then some. (1) He's shooting 41% from three. (2) He gets the ball, and he's immediately in motion, looking for a pass, a drive, a shot. (3) His turnover rate seems fairly low, partly because he's got that tight dribble. (4) I'm not buying that's he at his ceiling/near his ceiling. Guy's a rookie. I don't care if he's 23. He's never played against NBA caliber competition. I think he'll make some adjustments.
I think one thing that may be overlooked here: he usually isn't looking for his shot. He's looking to get somebody else a good shot. The Celtics need someone like that. He can make other players better. If I were Jayson/Jaylen, he's exactly the kind of guy I'd want to keep around for a while.
So while his actual “shooting pct” may be 41% it doesn’t take into account the times it hurts the offense bc he cannot get off a higher volume when the ball movement required it from his position.