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Darryl Gerard Augustin Jr., by all accounts, had a breakout season in 2011.
Chosen ninth overall in the 2008 NBA draft, D.J. Augustin entered the league with the reputation as an efficient point guard with quality court vision and deep range on his jump shot.
Unable to wrestle the starting position from former North Carolina product Raymond Felton, Augustin excelled at his given role of spark-plug off the bench, averaging 11.8 points per game while connecting on nearly 44 percent of his three-point attempts.
His ability to score was a major plus for the Bobcats, who were able to play both Felton and Augustin in the back court together at times.
The sophomore jinx hit D.J. hard in 2009-2010 season.
While he was able to appear in all 80 games, Augustin was never able to regain his shooting touch. He averaged a disappointing 6.4 points per game on an abysmal 39 percent shooting. While he was able to connect on a respectable 39% from three-point range, he never really seemed to get on track throughout the course of the season.
From struggle in 2010 to revelation in 2011, Augustin had a career year last season.
Finally handed the starting point guard spot, he averaged a career best of 14.4 points and 6.1 assists over the course of 82 games. He was automatic from the charity stripe as well, connecting on over 90 percent of his free throw attempts, good for fourth in the NBA.
He was also incredibly sure-handed with the basketball. His 3.21 assist to turnover ratio ranked him sixth overall.
The future for D.J. Augustin is cloudy. While he proved himself last season as a viable point guard, the Bobcats chose to draft University of Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker with the ninth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, a situation eerily similar to Augustin's rookie season.
While like the Felton-Augustin situation, the Bobcats may choose to play the two at times together, such a diminutive back court does not seem to be a long-term solution. It is also unclear if after a quality 2011 season, that D.J. would welcome a sixth-man role if the team wanted to move Walker to the point.
With that in mind, the Bobcats may have motivation to move Augustin if they were able to acquire young, controllable talent. There could be interest in young swing-men Landry Fields or Iman Shumpert in exchange for the 23-year-old guard.