2012 Wizards Player Evaluations: Shelvin Mack

Apr 6, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Washing Wizards guard Shelvin Mack (22) dribbles against the Washington Wizards during the first half at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

It is the end of the season which marks the point where the Bullets Forever community get to weigh in on how well they think each Wizards player did over the course of the the abbreviated 2011-12 season. Each player is rated on the 1-10 scale. Next up: Shelvin Mack

Quantifying the value of a backup point guard is not the easiest task, especially on a team like the Wizards where 90% of the playing time is going to be dominated by John Wall. The bare minimum that one asks for is for the backup to be able to run the offense with the reserves, play hard on defense, and execute the coach's gameplan without too much freelancing. It is the primary reason that Earl Boykins can never find a permanent home in the League, because a backup PG needs to sublimate his desire to those of the greater good.


In that sense, one can judge Shelvin Mack's debut Wizards' season as a moderate success. He demonstrated that he could run the offense, though he was at times limited by his running mates inability to score. He further demonstrated an ability to get to the basket and by the end of the season his jumpshot was inching its way towards competency. There are those that think John Wall needs a senior caddy behind him, someone to be the new Kirk Hinrich and establish a stability at the position. I think that for the value, Mack is perfectly serviceable, and that the Wizards have more pressing needs that need to be addressed. He may not be the perfect solution, but neither is he a detriment to the team.

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