Doc went on Dennis & Callahan this morning and talked about a lot of things… but we wanted to highlight what he said about Shelden Williams… just cuz the guy deserves a little love around here.
he scores points everyone sees that, but what they don’t see is all the
little things. He has so much to learn, honestly. If there’s anyone
behind as far as our scheme it would be Shelden. He’s probably picked
up about half of it. That’s the good part. You know when he really gets
it all, he’ll be a really good fit for our team.
Shelden is averaging 7 points and 5 boards in 16 minutes. But if you want to pull the ol' "per 48" stat out… Big Shel is averaging 15.2 rebounds per 48 minutes… good for 17th in the league. Of course, when you do that… Joel Pryzbilla becomes the league leader… but still.
Yes, this will provide a challenge when Glen Davis returns. The minutes have to go somewhere. But Doc will just find himself in the same spot he was in last year: When you need a banger on the block, you put Shelden in where you would have put Leon Powe in. When you need more of a face up guy, you use Davis.
All this depth is a nice problem to have.
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