NBA Draft: Shabazz Muhammad’s Army of Darkness

March 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad (15) commits a charging foul on Oregon Ducks forward Carlos Emory (33) during the first half of the championship game of the Pac 12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Oregon defeated UCLA 78-69. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

This is the last I’m going to mention anything about Shabazz Muhammad until he’s drafted by some silly squad. It would seem that squad wouldn’t be the Wolves, but it’s safe to say — whoever it ends up being — they are definitely Wolvesey.

I came across this at Draft Express. It is as clear an explanation for not wanting him anywhere near Minneapolis.

Although it is impressive for any freshman to use 18.5 possessions per-game, Muhammad’s 0.953 overall points per-possession doesn’t stand out among his peer group, ranking fourth last.

Muhammad’s role is what sets him apart on paper, as his play-type distribution is truly unique. Using 4.8 possessions per-game in transition, more than any other SF, Muhammad was extremely opportunistic on the break, but he scored just 0.98 points per-possession there, the second worst mark in our sample. His usage on put backs and running off screens are also extremely high relative to the sample averages, as his 2.4 and 3.5 possessions per-game in those situations are both top-two marks, but again, his efficiency in actually converting there leaves a lot to be desired. By comparison, he used an exceedingly low 1.1 combined possessions per-game on isolations and pick and rolls, offering a look into how little he was asked to create off the dribble in Ben Howland’s offense.

A below average 22.6% jump shooter off the dribble but respectable 40% jump shooter off the catch, Muhammad did his best work with his feet set in spot-up situations, which accounted for his 12.5% of his offense, the lowest of any small forward prospect this season. One of the biggest enigmas in this draft,Shabazz Muhammadwas prolific, but less than efficient, in a large, abnormal role.

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