NBA Roundtable

Bobcats Sign Shaun Livingston

In Free Agency on July 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

The Charlotte Observer reports

Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown likes big point guards and isn’t put off by reclamation projects.

Shaun Livingston fits both descriptions. A 6-7 point guard and former lottery pick, Livingston suffered a horrific knee injury while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007. Three teams later, he’s agreed to terms with the Bobcats, an informed source told the Observer.

The article continues

“He did a terrific job,” said a source with ties to the Wizards, who requested anonymity. “He worked hard, he has a wonderful understanding of the game, and he’s very professional.

“He’s not really as athletic as he once was – how could he be? – but he uses what he still has very well.”

Brown typically prefers that at least one of his point guards is over-sized, and 6-7 Livingston should provide a nice contrast to 6-foot Augustin, both in height and experience.

The source with ties to the Wizards said Livingston uses his height to great advantage.

“He makes playing zone very difficult because he can see over the defense. He just throws the ball right over the top” to get to the big men, the source said. “And if you put shooters around him, he’s very effective taking point guards into the post. It forces the other team to double-team.”

The deal is worth $7 million over two seasons.

Thoughts

Boy, Charlotte are desperate. This is a real hit and hope signing. A prayer if you ever saw one.

PGs and Cs

This is who Charlotte are relying on now entering next season

  • Point guards – DJ Augustin + Shaun Livingston
  • Centers – Nazr Mohammed + DeSagana Diop

It doesn’t exactly exude confidence in one, does it?

Reason For Optimism

Shaun Livingston played very well in the final eight games of the regular season. He averaged:

  • 15.5 points per game
  • 6.3 assists per game
  • 3.6 rebounds per game
  • 36.6 minutes a night
  • And shot 63% from the field and 83% from the free throw line for a true shooting percentage of 68%

Should we read anything into this numbers? I don’t think so. The sample size is tiny and the only reason he was playing so well was the uncharacteristic shooting which appears to be unsustainable.

It was worth noting though. This is why Charlotte gave Livingston $7 million.

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  1. Signing Livingston will be a good move for the Bobcats … if they can also add a stable player like Ramon Sessions to go with DJ Augustin.

    That specific combination of players, at the PG position, under the direction of Larry Brown, won’t be nearly as bad as many others think.

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