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Shelvin Mack in 2012-13 with the Wizards: Lost in a Waive of Despair

Updated: May 9, 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.]

Shelvin Mack

6-3 : Height
215 lbs. : Weight
24 : Age
2 : Years NBA Experience
3 : NBA Teams

Drafted by the Wizards on June 23, 2011;
waived by the Wizards on Oct. 28, 2012;
signed by the Wizards on Dec. 25, 2012;
waived by the Wizards on Jan. 7, 2013.

Time as a Wizard in 2012-13

7 : Games
2 : Starts
141 : Minutes

1.25 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About DC Council Game Rating
{Mack evaluated over 4 games} 

10.4 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
Earl Boykins with the 2011-12 Houston Rockets (10.3)

.052 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
Jamison Brewer with the 2001-02 Indiana Pacers (.052)

With Shelvin Mack on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 5.5 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 7.5 points more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-12.6

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

9.4 : Points
4.1 : Rebounds
0.0 : Blocks
1.5 : Steals
5.9 : Assists
2.0 : Turnovers
2.6 : Fouls

0.73 PPP

Mack had 48 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.73 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 416th in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.70 PPP over 54 possessions, ranked 9th in the league.


40% Field Goals (16-40)
30.8% 3-Pointers (4-13)
50% Free Throws (1-2)

[stats via and]


Shelvin Mack in 2012-13 with the Wizards:
Lost in a Waive of Despair

by Adam Rubin (@LedellsPlace)

For all intents and purposes, Shelvin Mack’s Washington Wizards career ended on July 15, 2012. That was the date of Washington’s third game in the Las Vegas Summer League versus the NBA D-League All-Stars. While Mack’s poor play in the first two summer league games could be chalked up to offseason rust, it was impossible to ignore his struggles in Game 3 against the D-Leaguers. At times, Mack could not even get the ball over half court against pressure, and even when he did, he had trouble setting up the offense. Mack ended the game with five turnovers in 26 minutes.

Things got so bad in the second half that one young lady sitting behind Washington’s bench wearing a Bullets T-shirt screamed repeatedly (and loudly) for Sam Cassell to take out Mack and insert Earl Calloway, Stephen Gray, or any of the other guards who had outplayed Mack in Vegas. The gym was nearly empty, as is often the case for the late game on a Sunday night in Vegas, and the fan’s pleas could be heard in all corners of the otherwise silent gym. It’s never a good sign when one of your own fans goes Robin Ficker on you in a meaningless summer league game against non-NBA talent.

It’s no coincidence that A.J. Price was signed one week after summer league ended. Ernie Grunfeld had made it a priority to upgrade the backup point guard position. Mack stuck around through the preseason but never had a real chance of making the final roster. Shelvin was given a second chance in late December when both he and Garrett Temple were signed in the wake of A.J. Price’s injury and Shaun Livingston’s waiver. However, Mack only lasted two weeks while Temple parlayed his opportunity into a starting role.

The bottom line is that Mack is a marginal NBA talent, at best. After leaving Washington, he excelled in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws and signed a couple 10-day contracts with the Philadelphia 76ers before latching on with the Atlanta Hawks for the final 23 games of the season (and four games, 10 minutes, of sweet playoff action). Not a stellar resume, but, in fairness to Shelvin, most second-round picks don’t even make it that far.

Mack also has the unfortunate distinction of being the third member of perhaps the worst “what-if” draft class in recent NBA history. In 2011, one year after selecting John Wall as the franchise cornerstone, Ernie Grunfeld was blessed with three of the top 34 picks in the draft. Given the opportunity to grab Klay Thompson, Kenneth Faried and Chandler Parsons (or possibly Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler), Grunfeld came home with Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack. It’s not fair to expect a perfect draft, but one out of three would have been nice.

Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

[The haze of summer league & getting out-played by Earl Calloway – photo: Adam Rubin]

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Adam Rubin
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Adam grew up in the D.C. area and has been a Washington Bullets fan for over 25 years. He will not refer to the franchise as anything other than the Bullets unless required to do so by Truth About It editorial standards. Adam spent many nights at the Capital Centre in the ‘90s where he witnessed such things as Michael Jordan’s “LaBradford Smith game,” the inexcusable under-usage of Gheorghe Muresan’s unstoppable post moves, and the basketball stylings of Ledell Eackles.