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Shaun Livingston in 2012-13 with the Wizards: In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

Updated: May 8, 2013

[Wizards 2012-13 Player Reviews from the TAI crew are going down; let’s reflect—index:
Jannero PargoJason CollinsShaun LivingstonShelvin MackCartier MartinEarl Barron,
Jan VeselyChris SingletonTrevor BookerGarrett TempleEmeka OkaforTrevor Ariza,
Martell WebsterA.J. PriceJordan CrawfordKevin SeraphinBradley BealNeneJohn Wall.]

Shaun Livingston

6-7 : Height
182 lbs. : Weight
27 : Age
8 : Years NBA Experience
7 : NBA Teams

Waived by the Rockets on Oct. 29, 2012;
signed by the Wizards on Nov. 15, 2012;
waived by the Wizards on Dec. 22, 2012;
signed by the Cavaliers on Dec. 25, 2012.

Time as a Wizard

17 : Games
4 : Starts
320 : Minutes

1.0 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About DC Council Game Rating
{Livingston evaluated over 7 games.} 

7.4 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
Roger Mason with the 2002-03 Chicago Bulls (7.4),
or perhaps Rusty LaRue with the 1999-00 Chicago Bulls (7.4)

.028 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Monta Ellis with the 2005-06 Golden State Warriors (.028),
maybe World B. Free with the 1987-88 Houston Rockets (.028),
maybe Doug Overton with the 1992-93 Washington Wizards (.028),
probably Gabe Pruitt with the 2007-08 Boston Celtics (.028)

With Shaun Livingston on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 7.4 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 2.2 points more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-15.3

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

7.1 : Points
4.2 : Rebounds
0.2 : Blocks
1.2 : Steals
4.3 : Assists
1.9 : Turnovers
2.5 : Fouls

0.68 PPP

Livingston had 93 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.68 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 441st in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.86 PPP over 126 possessions, ranked 168th in the league.


36.4% Field Goals (24-66)
0% 3-Pointers (0-3)
100% Free Throws (15-15)

[stats via and]


Shaun Livingston in 2012-13 with the Wizards:
In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

by Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Shaun Livingston arrived in D.C. with a glimmer of hope. Hope that his career, which was mainly rekindled with the Wizards late in the 2009-10 season after a well-known disastrous derailment (“the injury” circa February 2007), would somehow take the next shining step.

Wasn’t even close.

When Livingston was signed in mid-November 2012, John Wall’s return was still unknown, A.J. Price was doing what he could, Shelvin Mack was long gone (via training camp cuts), and Jannero Pargo had been flat-out terrible.

Washington’s early-season offense was the worst in the NBA, by far. During Wall’s time from mid-January on, they jumped up to 23rd, but still finished dead-last on the season overall.

“I thought we needed to get another play-maker, a guy that can facilitate, maybe get us easier baskets,” said Head Coach Randy Wittman when Livingston was signed.

And Livingston was much better than Pargo’s offering, 7.2 PER points better in fact. But, as it turns out, Livingston’s total 7.4 PER during 17 games with the Wizards was worse than Chris Singleton’s 7.6 and Jan Vesely’s 7.8. Yes, Jannero Pargo put up a 0.2 PER in his seven games with Washington. TRBL!

A recent TAI post on lineup data revealed that Livingston, as point guard, led one of the worst Wizards 5-man units on the season, one featuring Livingston alongside Bradley Beal, Cartier Martin, Kevin Seraphin and Nene Hilario. It was a tough environment of new, fresh parts and guys trying to cope with injuries into which Livingston was suddenly inserted. Players were buying into Wittman’s defensive schemes, but the offense remained largely confused and not at all confident.

No other Wizard fielded a worse plus/minus per 48 minutes when on the court than Livingston—minus-15.3 in 320 minutes. Pargo was only minus-2.8 per 48 in his 102 total minutes. Washington finished last in the league in averaging just 92.4 points per 48 minutes on the season; with Livingston on the court, that point production dropped almost 10 points to 82.8.

Shooting just 36.4 from the field, Livingston couldn’t use his length to its normal advantage; many of his midrange shots were covered and fell short. His overall limited range, along with the lack of any dribble-drive creators next to him in Washington’s lineup, drastically limited floor spacing. The play-making Wittman was hoping for never surfaced.

Livingston was cut by Washington in late-December, along with Earl Barron (who is now a playoff participant with the Knicks), as the team elected to bring back Shelvin Mack (for a seven-game spell) and add Garrett Temple, who stuck for the rest of the season. Three days after being cut, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Livingston and kept him for the remainder of the schedule. In Cleveland, Livingston’s PER improved to 14.6; his on-court plus/minus per 48 narrowed to just minus-0.8; and the offensive production of the Cavaliers picked up to 98.7 points per 48 minutes in his presence.

In mid-March, the Washington Post’s Michael Lee wrote a feature story on Livingston. In it, the player tossed some critique toward the NBA franchise he’s come to know on a couple occasions, citing, “a lack of structure from an organizational standpoint.”

“The structure, system wasn’t necessarily … it’s tough to elaborate without really going overboard,” Livingston told Lee. “It’s just sometimes I think I work a little better with more structure and the personnel, sometimes you play better with certain guys that put you in position to succeed and I wasn’t necessarily able do that for the team. I don’t think my skill set was being utilized to help guys. For whatever reason. I can’t put the blame on the coaches. Sometimes the players and chemistry didn’t fit as well.”

The plan drawn up by team brass showed minor successes later in the season with a healthy Wall, among others. But the underlying construct had major flaws, and Livingston was merely a fraction of what highlighted that—not even a smart player with a good head on his shoulders like Livingston could save the Wizards from their long-standing woes.

The only constant is that even though now separate, both Washington and the 27-year-old Livingston have several hills, perhaps mountains, to climb before a return to NBA relevancy.

Some Livingston Highlights,
for some reason:

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.