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Community Projection: Kirk Hinrich

With the season starting Thursday, we're giving you all a chance to predict how every player on the roster will do this season.  Scroll down for more community projections.  

With a salary of $9 million this year and $8 million next year, Kirk Hinrich is expensive for his role. Similar players tend to go for anywhere from half to two-thirds of that price, and the Wizards also allowed the Bulls the chance to get two max-contract players by taking him on.  He also was brought here in part to mentor John Wall, and while he's a good fit for that role, there were others who could have served that purpose for much less money.  

But Hinrich is also a good and helpful player that will make a difference with his team.  He defends well, isn't going to complain about shots and isn't afraid to let it fly when he is open.  The latter quality makes him stand out from Mike Miller, who was supposed to be the glue guy last year, but instead spent more time on the floor, fake hustling and passing up the very shots he was brought in to shoot.  You have to wonder how much it would have helped the Wizards to have Hinrich on the team last year instead of Miller.  It wouldn't have saved their season, but it would have helped.  

Hinrich wasn't brought in to produce big counting stats, of course.  Nevertheless, here's your chance to predict how he'll do this season.  As always, predict as many or as few categories as you want.

  • Games played
  • Points per game
  • Assists per game
  • Minutes per game
  • Field goal percentage
  • Three-point percentage
  • Free-throw percentage
  • True shooting percentage
  • Turnover ratio
  • Usage rate
  • PER
Bonus question: Will Hinrich start more than 41 games this year (i.e. half the season?). Why or why not?