How Rasheed Wallace’s Poor Shot Selection Impacts the New York Knicks Offense

November 30th, 2012 by John Dorn Leave a reply »
One month ago, if any person with an inkling of NBA knowledge predicted that Rasheed Wallace would be the New York Knicks' first big man off the bench, you likely would've questioned if that person just awoke from a decade-long coma. It's OK, I would've done the same.

Well, a month into the 2012-13 season, the 38-year-old Wallace is feeding us a nice meal consisting of our own words.

He's leapt over Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby on the depth chart as Tyson Chandler's relief. His stat line of 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game (in 15.7 minutes per) normalizes to 17.8 points (third on the Knicks), 10.2 boards (also third) and 1.9 swats (second) per 36 minutes. 

Let's make this clear before we get into the analysis: 'Sheed's contributions this season have been awesome for the Knicks. Few expected him to step foot on the court at all this season, and he's done that and plenty more. He's been a key piece to the puzzle during New York's 10-4 start.

With all that said, when the ball is in Wallace's hands this year, the odds are he's making an ill-advised decision. Let me explain what I mean with some visual help.

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