Photoshop Friday: It’s Eric Maynor Time!
The future could very well entail this:
“Look at Eric Maynor go!”
“Man, what a smart signing by Grunfeld!”
“Eric Maynor plus John Wall makes a helluva backcourt combination!”
Remember, I said “could.”
But so far, Maynor has been rather unideal. Some might say terrible. Although, a few select stats may indicate otherwise. Maynor’s PER has come down to earth a little bit since earlier this season (now at 12.4, eight best on the Wizards—if you care about PER, that is, 15.0 is supposedly “average”; it’s losing it’s status as a legit measurement by the year). Otherwise, Maynor is averaging 7.2 assists to 1.5 turnovers per game, which isn’t bad. So, he takes care of the ball, but perhaps so much (dribble, dribble, dribble!) that the Wizards are quite horrendous on offense when he takes the floor. And other numbers prove that.
From NBA.com/stats, take a look at the image of Washington’s on/off numbers from this season (click to open in a new window). On the season, the Wizards are averaging 97.9 points per 48 minutes. When John Wall is on the court, that number jumps to 102.8. When Maynor is on the court, the Wizards average 84.1 points per 48 minutes. You don’t have to crunch the numbers to know how terrible that is—also note: Al Harrington, Martell Webster, and Kevin Seraphin have had a poisonous influence on offense so far.
The idea in signing Maynor was also that the Wizards (Randall Wittman) would pair him with John Wall. As circumstance would have it, Maynor and Wall have only spent five total minutes on the court together through eight games (394 total team minutes). But, those two are plus-6 in their five minutes together. So there’s that.
But otherwise, #MaynorTime means that it’s about to not be a good time. #MaynorTime means the bench mob is about to get mobbed by the other team.
You see the Photoshop for Friday above—Jordan Crawford cum Flavor Flav tormenting Wizards fans with his own version of Eric Maynor time. Jordan Crawford is doing fairly well in Boston, by the way (fantasy league pickup!). Too bad the Wizards were unable to reign him in like baby-faced first-year NBA coach Brad Stevens.
Below, TAI’s Conor Dirks provides his own version of #MaynorTime. Please enjoy… Now let’s toast to the future so that we never forget our #SoWizards past.