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2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, 37.2-percent shooting
Deserved Placement: Second Team
I get it, Alexey Shved's 37.2-percent shooting clip was horrid. And his 29.5-percent showing from deep was even worse.
But man, was he versatile.
Shved emerged as a go-to playmaker when Ricky Rubio was still rehabbing his ACL injury. He had the handle and vision necessary to run the point, but the size and physical capabilities to man the 2 and 3 as well.
His shooting needs work. A lot of work. Fortunately for the Minnesota Timberwolves, most of his problems stemmed from poor shot selection, which should be easier to correct than if they had to do with poor mechanics.
Shved was still able to be effective on the offensive end. He closed out the season posting 13.0 points and 5.6 assists per 36 minutes, joining the company of just two other rookies (minimum 50 games) in Damian Lillard and Brian Roberts.
What we haven't talked about enough, though, is Shved's defense. He had the potential to drive you crazy with a lack of effort, but when engaged, he played phenomenally both on and off the ball.
At 6'6", and predominantly used as a guard, he was able to contest the shots of his opponents effectively. Opposing shooting guards and small forwards were only able to post a combined average PER of 11.5 when going up against him.
To be sure, Shved isn't perfect, but I'd have taken him over Kyle Singler (no disrespect) any day.