Stumbled across this while putting together my Tyreke stats yesterday:
A large part of Smart's stupidity stems from an essential philosophical flaw that denies the existence of team hierarchy. Everybody is equal, everybody should be encouraged to maximize their own opportunities. He's like that incredibly annoying 2nd grade teacher holding your gifted child back so that the other children don't get their feelings hurt. Except these aren't children, they are paid professionals. This is how that well thoight out philosophy has fared for him:
Kings Team FG%: .439 (22nd in NBA)
Individual FG% Thompson .512 Evans .480 Brooks .465 Cousins .454
Thomas .432 Robinson .427 Johnson .416 Fredette .413 Salmons .411 Hayes .405 Thornton .400 Garcia .383 Outlaw .380 Honeycutt .273
With the entire team allowed/encouraged to shoot whenever they feel like it and "be all they can be" the end result has been...almost all of them have been less than they can be. Shocker. 3 guys are having good/passable seasons. There are reasons why Reke/Cousisn and JT are considered our best/steadiest players. But they have to fight for shots with an angry mob of low percentage chuckers, and that mob spends so much time shuffling in and out of the lineup stealing the ball from each other that only 4 players shoot better than the team averages. The other 10 guys all have struggled to various degrees and drag the numbers down. And of all of those guys, only Jimmer, due to rookie year awfulness, is shooting at or above his career numbers. 10 of 14 guys underperforming their careers (TRob will yet to be seen, but even if he is never much, I bet you he's better than .427 over his career).