Quietly, rookie Shelvin Mack is one of the few positives in another lost Wizards season in terms of wins and losses. Just about every day, Mack writes into his Twitter account, @ShelvinMack, ”Think Positive…….” So to not let something good go unnoticed, let’s talk about Mr. Mack for a second.
Thus far this NBA season, 34 rookies have played at least 100 total minutes. Mack’s PER (Player Efficiency Rating) stands at 15.1, which is slightly above the league average of 15. For a rook, however, this is better than average. His PER ranks eighth best amongst the list of 34 rookies (via Basketball-Reference.com). Here’s the top 10:
- Kyrie Irving – 21.5
- MarShon Brooks – 19.5
- Nikola Vucevic – 18.1
- Jon Leuer – 17.6
- Ricky Rubio – 17.6
- Enes Kanter – 16.9
- Kemba Walker – 15.4
- Shelvin Mack – 15.1
- Tobias Harris – 14.9
- Kawhi Leonard – 14.9
To note, Chris Singleton has a PER of 10.0 (ranked 26th) and Jan Vesely has a PER of 6.4 (ranked 32) — no reason to be down on Washington’s first rounders in comparison to their second rounder, however.
To also note, Washington has four NBA sophomores (PERs) – John Wall (16.2), Trevor Booker (14.5), Jordan Crawford (14.0) and Kevin Seraphin (14.0) — who rank fifth, eight, ninth, and tenth respectively amongst 32 players in their class who have played at least 100 minutes this season (via BBR).
Let go to the video and look at a couple positives from Mack in Washington’s last game…
#1) Watch Mack turn down the screen and drive right for the dunk. Did you know he could get up like that?
#2) Did you know the Wizards were capable of making a good defensive rotation? Why yes, they are. First, you see veteran Roger Mason working his ass off the get over screens, etc., then Jan Vesely coming in with decent, but not great, hedge help on a screen (he disrupts the ball handler, which is key). Now JaVale McGee, not surprisingly, doesn’t exactly provide much help on Vesely’s man diving into the paint (as Jan hustles to get back), but Mack recognizes the play, leaves his man from the far corner, and steps in with perfect timing to get a deflection on the pass, which leads to a Wizards steal. Mack can’t always leave a guy like Lou Williams alone in the corner, but this time he made the right decision.
#3) Finally, to not leave at least one of the other rookies out, here’s Roger Mason driving against the Sixers and dishing to Jan Vesely for a dunk.