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I can summarize Toney Douglas’ 2012 with one question: “What the fuck happened to Toney Douglas?”
Douglas started off his career on a good note. Although never point-guardy enough for D’Antoni, Toney could shoot and defend. His rookie true shooting percentage of 57.1% meant that, at the least, he was able to score at a clip that would be beneficial to the team. Douglas seemed destined to carve a niche as a combo guard that can defend and score. Sure he had the court awareness of a four month old, but he could hold his own knocking down the three and getting to the cup.
His second year, Douglas’ scoring cooled a bit. His three point shooting dipped from 38.9% to a still healthy 37.3%. His true shooting percentage dipped to 53.4%, but his assist numbers climbed slightly. Douglas had hurt his shoulder but he played all but one game that year. Eventually he had post-season surgery that May to repair a torn labrum. With enough time off to heal, it seemed that in 2012 he’d probably be somewhere between his freshman and sophomore numbers.
Douglas started off the 2012 season scoring 19 on Christmas day against the Celtics. In his next two games he shot 5-19 and missed all 9 three pointers he attempted. Three games of double digit scoring seemed to right the ship. And then all of a sudden, Douglas torpedoed.
Over the next 2 weeks he managed only 2 of 20 three pointers. He lost his starting job, which he reclaimed in a desperate moment in January. But he never regained his shot. Even his defense became suspect. The characteristics that made him a promising youngster had deserted him. When the year was done, he ended with a ghastly ts% of 39.3%, built largely upon a repulsive 23.1% three point percentage.
The Knicks guard first three years leaves the observer wondering who the real Toney Douglas truly is. It was like that girlfriend who was great on the first date, a little quiet on the second, and a total psycho the third. Was his shoulder injury to blame? Did it never recover? Has the damage traversed from the physical to the mental? Was Douglas’ first year just a fluke, and is his real potential somewhere between seasons 2 and 3?
New York didn’t want to wait for an answer & shipped him away in the Marcus Camby deal. Even in a new city, observers may have to wait for Douglas to get an opportunity. The Rockets are deep at both guard spots with Lin, Martin, Livingston, and Delfino. Additionally Douglas will compete for time against young players like first round pick Jeremy Lamb and college/summer league phenom Scott Machado. So it may take a little while for Douglas to find his way back onto an N.B.A. court. Given his play last season, that’s probably not a bad thing.
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Final Grade: F