**The Honorable Cock Jowles**: 230-some minutes. No way he stays that efficient over the remaining 35 games.

Why not? That sample includes all of his worst minutes. He’s had no penetrating PG for almost all of that time and few plays run for him. He’s had entire seasons with a TS% in the mid .600s on even higher usage, and that was when teams prioritized stopping him. Now, he’s going up against 2nd unit defenders, scoring on defenses geared toward stopping Carmelo.

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Here’s a crazy statistic.After 12 games, including the first half dozen games where he, to be honest, mostly sucked ass, Amar’e is averaging 20+ points per 36, with a TS% of .606 and a usage of 24.1%.

Obviously it’s still a small sample, but if you survey the NBA this season and filter out the garbage time all-stars (i.e. anyone who has played less than 1,000 minutes by now, at the halfway point of the season), do you know how many other players are posting a TS% of at least .606 with a usage of 24% or higher?

Here’s the list:

1. Kevin Durant

2. LeBron James

… and that’s it.

So, yeah.I’m gonna go ahead and say that Amar’e is still an elite scorer.Remember, these are his numbers **including** his first few games, which were awful.And more to the point, anyone who has been watching these games should recognize that he could be so, so, SO much better with some more reps if he stays healthy.

Aside from maybe half a dozen possessions in the post (at most), we’re not even running any plays for him!He hasn’t had our best PnR point guard on the floor with him for more than 2 games!They’ve just kind of been winging it out there, and yet 12 games in, he looks to be on a really positive trajectory.

230-some minutes. No way he stays that efficient over the remaining 35 games.

]]>Obviously it’s still a small sample, but if you survey the NBA this season and filter out the garbage time all-stars (i.e. anyone who has played less than 1,000 minutes by now, at the halfway point of the season), do you know how many other players are posting a TS% of at least .606 with a usage of 24% or higher?

Here’s the list:

1. Kevin Durant

2. LeBron James

… and that’s it.

So, yeah. I’m gonna go ahead and say that Amar’e is still an elite scorer. Remember, these are his numbers **including** his first few games, which were awful. And more to the point, anyone who has been watching these games should recognize that he could be so, so, SO much better with some more reps if he stays healthy.

Aside from maybe half a dozen possessions in the post (at most), we’re not even running any plays for him! He hasn’t had our best PnR point guard on the floor with him for more than 2 games! They’ve just kind of been winging it out there, and yet 12 games in, he looks to be on a really positive trajectory.

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