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Position: Point Guard
Experience: 4 Seasons
As a member of the Charlotte Bobcats, D.J. Augustin was often lost in the obscurity of a hopeless franchise. A less than favorable Win-Loss record often kept the former Texas Longhorn out of the public eye, in turn causing the masses to miss out on one of the premier talents at the point guard position.
With a move to the contending Indiana Pacers, however, we're all about to learn what his coaches have been telling us since college: D.J. Augustin can flat out ball.
Despite splitting the point guard duties with rookie Kemba Walker and playing alongside a weak supporting cast, Augustin managed to average 6.4 assists per game during the 2011-12 regular season. That placed him in the same ball park as Andre Miller and Ty Lawson, who both shared a similar situation.
They'll soon learn that Augustin has much more in common than splitting the facilitating duties, however, as he makes his leap to elite.
Admittedly, D.J. Augustin is of the shoot-first nature. His 11.1 points per game came on a none-too-impressive 37.6 percent shooting from the floor, which offers cause for concern. The fact is, Augustin had very few alternatives and often found himself in poor position to score.
His career 37.4 percent shooting from distance reflects better on his shooting ability, and his natural habitat of attacking the basket should raise his field goal percentage.
With both David West and Roy Hibbert available to run the pick-and-roll, Augustin should find himself in a promising position next summer.
General managers are always looking for point guards, and D.J. Augustin will prove to be capable of big things as he wrestles for the starting job with George Hill.
Expect big things out of D.J. Augustin and some well-deserved recognition in 2013.
2011-12 Season Averages
14.17 PER, 11.1 PPG, 6.4 APG, 2.3 RPG, 0.8 SPG