2015 March Madness Star Frank Kaminsky Searches for NBA Calling Card

February 23rd, 2016 by Jared Dubin Leave a reply »

Last year, Frank Kaminsky was the best player on one of the best college basketball teams in the country. Now he's the eighth man for a Charlotte Hornets team fighting for their playoff life in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference.

It's safe to say life is different now. 

As a senior on the national runner-up Wisconsin Badgers, Kaminsky averaged 18.8 points in 33.6 minutes per game, instigating more offense than anyone on his team. There are only 15 players averaging at least 18 points while using at least 28 percent of their team's possessions during this NBA season, per Basketball-Reference. Kaminsky is not one of them.

The reigning Naismith Player of the Year is now a role player. He's playing just north of 21 minutes a night and averaging 7.5 points per game. When he plays, he's used less than an "average player" (assuming an average player touches the ball as many times as his teammates on the floor).

In other words, he's no longer the guy for whom coach designs specific plays. He's a player who has to find a way to fit in around "the guy." 

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