Archive for March 13th, 2010

The Eric Hayes Hypothetical

Let’s suppose there were a star combo guard on a major college basketball program. He leads his power conference in scoring with 19 points per game while grabbing four rebounds and handing out three assists per contest. He shoots 48 percent from the field, including 42 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the foul line. Announcers refer to him as a “scorer who can beat you in several ways,” as he is able to drive to the basket and finish in traffic along with his expertise from the perimeter.

This hypothetical individual has one unique quirk: He banks in nearly all of his shots. It does not matter where he shoots from. He banks from the wing, from the top of the key, from the foul line, all layups, his floaters—they all go off the glass. Announcers talk about his uncanny understanding of angles while opposing coaches employ a strategy of forcing him to the corner, where the bank shot is impossible.

How do you feel about this player?

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