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Boynton crushing Norfolk State's glass slipper.
Kenny Boynton is the very definition of the conscience-free mad gunner. Thankfully for Florida Gator fans—and coach Billy Donovan—Boynton's volume shooting became a bit more efficient in 2011-12.
An absolutely insane 63.5 percent of Boynton's shots were worth three points last season, and 56 percent of his points came from downtown. What made him an All-SEC first-teamer and less of a mere ball hog was the improvement in his shooting percentages from his sophomore to his junior season.
Boynton's FG percentage rose from 38.5 to 44.0, and his three-point percentage climbed from 33.1 to 40.7. Some of the improvement could have been written up to defenses focusing more on gifted freshman Bradley Beal, but credit Boynton for being able to take advantage.
Perhaps also due to Beal's presence, Boynton's numbers tailed off in conference play. Only four times in 15 non-conference games did Boynton shoot less than 50 percent from the floor. Once conference play began, Boynton managed to shoot 50 percent or better only five times.
In March, Boynton managed only 33 percent from the floor, averaging 10.7 points per game. So why in the blue-and-orange blazes is he rated this highly?
Donovan began allowing Boynton more freedom as the team's primary ball-handler when point guard Erving Walker needed rest, and Kenny managed a 1.9 assist-turnover ratio. Over the Gators' last seven games, including postseason, that ratio ran to 2.8.
Even if he doesn't become a primary facilitator, an idea which might exponentially raise his NBA draft stock, Boynton has the ability to drop 20 on anyone, any night. He may need help to keep his efficiency numbers steady, with Beal and Walker no longer around to fight him for shots.
It's not unreasonable to expect Boynton to hoist 500 shots next season, but if he's still making 44 percent, then he could also scratch the 20-ppg barrier.