Today we begin a series recapping all of the major players from this year’s squad. We start with the heart and soul…Brandon Roy.
Minutes-- Last Year: 35.4 This Year: 37.7 Change: +2.3
Points-- Last Year: 16.8 This Year: 19.1 Change: +2.3
Field Goals Attempted-- Last Year: 13.4 This Year: 15.8 Change: +2.4
Field Goal Percentage-- Last Year: 45.6% This Year: 45.4% Change: -0.2
Three-Pointers Attempted-- Last Year: 2.6 This Year: 2.9 Change: +0.3
Three-Point Percentage-- Last Year: 37.7% This Year: 34.0% Change: -3.7%
Free Throws Attempted-- Last Year: 4.2 This Year: 5.0 Change: +0.8
Free Throw Percentage-- Last Year: 83.8 This Year: 75.3 Change: -8.5%
Offensive Rebounds-- Last Year: 1.0 This Year: 1.1 Change: +0.1
Defensive Rebounds-- Last Year: 3.4 This Year: 3.6 Change: +0.2
Overall Rebounds-- Last Year: 4.4 This Year: 4.7 Change: +0.3
Assists-- Last Year: 4.0 This Year: 5.8 Change: +1.8
Steals-- Last Year: 1.2 This Year: 1.1 Change: -0.1
Blocks-- Last Year: 0.2 This Year: 0.2 Change: 0.0
Turnovers-- Last Year: 2.0 This Year: 1.8 Change: -0.2
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio-- Last Year: 2.0 This Year: 3.2 Change: +1.2
Salary Status: 1 year remaining at $3.1 million then a team option at $3.9 million.
The questions surrounding
--Could he shoulder the leadership of the team which had so obviously been bestowed upon him with the Zach Randolph trade?
--Could he continue to produce when opposing defenses were keying on him night after night?
--Was his shooting for real?
--Could he improve his defense?
--Was he more naturally suited to being a shooting guard or point guard?
The first two questions were answered resoundingly. Not only did he assume leadership of the team on and off the floor, he flourished in that role. He led the team to better basketball and a better record than we’ve seen since the Wallace years. His production improved overall. He didn’t just score more, like a Kevin Martin in
The shooting question was basically answered as well, with a couple of caveats.
It’s hard to point to a specific improvement in
We got a partial answer to the "Is he a point guard?" question as well…namely: partially. I’m not sure
With more minutes, more points, more assists, the scoffing at defenders whose number one priority was to stop him, the All-Star berth, and being the number one option (and heart) of a team that made an exponential leap from the season before, it’s hard to find fault with Brandon’s progress. As long as he continues to work at his craft as any young player should, those stretches of domination should become regular. It’s hard to imagine Brandon Roy not fulfilling his potential and it’s hard to put a cap on what that potential could be in terms of leading this team to wins and glory.
Extremely Happy Baby!