Tyrus: Awful shooter

Uh, that's not a high percentage shot, Ty...

Uh, that's not a high percentage shot, Ty...

Brett LaGree of Hoopinion recently revealed that Josh Smith made a lower percentage of his two-point jump shots than any other player in the NBA (with at least 100 attempts) during the 2008-09 season. This assertion is based on numbers provided by 82games.com…and if you look at the list, you’ll notice that our good buddy Tyrus Thomas was the fourth-worst two-point jump shooter in the league last season. His percentage (34.5) put him behind only Smith (32.2), Baron Davis (33.3) and Ron Artest (34.3). That’s some seriously bad company.

To make that number even more damning (as if I need to), 53 percent of T-Time’s shots were two-point jumpers…compared to 36 percent for Smith, 35 percent for Davis and 37 percent for Artest. Which basically means he spent more than half of his time doing something he’s terrible at. Percentage-wise, anyway. (I understand he lights it up at practice.) Feel free to join me in shuddering and saying “gak.”


7 Responses to Tyrus: Awful shooter

  1. usmcroc22@msn.com'
    rocky May 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    You have to remember this was his first year of getting any substantial minutes. Next year he’ll be much better.

  2. davidpaulroosa@yahoo.com'
    AK Dave May 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm #

    GAK! (/shudder)

  3. Nick May 29, 2009 at 2:49 am #

    Notice in that picture there is someone pulling on his shoulder…

  4. gamac22@hotmail.com'
    Art May 31, 2009 at 3:30 am #

    So how does this say anything really???

    There are alot of names on that list and all percentages are rather low. Derrick Rose is a 42% 2 point jump shooter yet for the season he was a 47% field goal shooter. That stat is more important in my opinion because whether he’s scoring on a jump shot or a layup/dunk. It shows he’s finding a way to be more efficient even if his jump shot isn’t falling.

    Tyrus is a 45% shooter from the field and I believe his shot is much improved.

    Honestly I look at Tyrus and think I’m glad he’s not Ben Wallace. He does everything Ben was suppose to do plus he’s cheeper and younger.

  5. keaunhuggins@yahoo.com'
    Keaun May 31, 2009 at 6:47 am #

    Game 1 against the Celtics his shot will only get better with time. He can make that shot he just needs to start doing it consistently in the game.

  6. jww222@nyu.edu'
    Ignarus November 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    The lack of a comma separating “shooting” from “Tyrus” led me to believe that some sort of metaphorical assassination of Mr. Thomas was being protested, e.g. “Leave Britney Alone.”

    Instead, I’m left merely nodding in agreement with your assessment of a man’s poor shot selection.

  7. jww222@nyu.edu'
    Ignarus November 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    I should add that the missing comma was located, so to speak, in the “category” that I clicked, not the post’s title, so it’d be way too nitpicky to mention it as criticism. I’m actually appreciative that my imagination got poked by the more interesting link line.

    Knowing grammar shouldn’t be all about being a nazi-douche on the internet; it’s really about getting more good-natured giggles out of life than the guy next to you.

    In this case, I got to imagine a cartoonish world where someone’s been shooting Tyrus Thomas and a blog post has been put up politely voicing the opinion that the shooter’s efforts are yielding diminishing returns.

    Thank YOU, Barron’s PSAT prep book!

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