Where He StruggledPlayers like Mason benefit from ball movement and playing off of star players. Good role players on great teams often struggle on not-so-good teams after signing bigger contracts for more minutes. Why? Because they are role players...
Unlike post “Can He Bounce Back?” posts, Roger Mason only really struggled in one area, three point shooting. However, that is much of Mason’s game. The bulk of Roger Mason’s shots always came from the three point line (over his career 51.4% of his shots came from behind the arc). Mason isn’t the most athletic guy, doesn’t have the best handle, and he isn’t the strongest so he turned himself into a three point shooter out of necessity. Doing so is great when you are hitting 42.1% of your threes, not when you are shooting just 33% (which was below the NBA average of 35% last year). So why the sudden drop?
Using NBA.com’s HotSpots tool (which is still sponsored by NBA Live 08), you see that some of Mason’s struggle was due to where he is shooting the basketball from. Here is Mason’s 2009 breakdown:
Looking at this chart, you notice a few things. The first is that even when Mason was at his best, he really struggled shooting from straight-away center. Mason was strongest from the right side of the court, and he was able to use that to advantage. 45.5% of his attempts came from that side, and he was able to hit 44.6% of those threes that came from the right. So if Mason wanted to continue his success, he would try to lower his attempts from the center and up them on the right. That isn’t what happened though: more
2008-2009 Location % of Attempts Shooting % Left 36% 43.5% Center 18.5% 36.1% Right 45.5% 44.6%
It will be interesting to see what role Mason plays on this team.