Friday, July 18, 2014

Wally's World Of Chaos

As a basketball nerd I have a spent an unhealthy amount of time on the new website Why, other than because of its cool name? BECAUSE IT HAS SHOT CHARTS FOR EVERY PLAYER THAT HAS BEEN IN THE LEAGUE SINCE 1996 UP UNTIL NOW!

Want to see where Kevin Garnett shot in 1997? Here you go thanks to nylon calculus.

Anyway, as I was perusing the site, I stumbled upon a shot chart that caused me to wonder in amazement.

It belongs to Wally Szczerbiak from his 2003 campaign. Now, obviously if you recall the 2003-2004 season, while a great year for the Wolves (the greatest actually in franchise history), it was an injury plagued season for Wally World as he only appeared in 28 total regular season games. And of those games, he started zero and played only 22 minutes a game. That said, despite the small sample size during a season in which he attempted a mere 236 shots, the locations in which he took those 236 shots showcase no rhyme or reason in his shot selection.

Sure, one could argue he kinda favored the left side more than the right side, but in reality, it appears Wally, as usual, was stuck in his own world - chucking shots when he wanted and wherever he wanted.

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