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E’Twaun Moore has been a pleasant surprise for the Magic all season. A waiver-wire pickup after a rocky rookie campaign in Boston, Moore has solidified himself as the team’s back-up point guard and is posting a very respectable 12.5 Player Efficiency Rating in 23.8 minutes per game. He’s nothing spectacular, but for a player on a two-year minimum deal on a team lacking in point guard depth, he’s been a revelation.
However, just because Moore beat out Ish Smith for the back-up point guard job doesn’t mean this is where he’s best suited to be. Moore has outperformed expectations, but watching him run an offense has been a trying experience. He struggles to balance looking for his own shot with setting up his teammates and he’s not particularly good at the latter when he tries. The numbers show a similar story. “E’Twaun Moore: back-up point guard” is a much worse basketball player than “E’Twaun Moore: scorer off the bench.”
Moore’s premier value as an NBA player is in his three-point shooting. He’s knocking down 39.1 percent of his threes on the season, building on the 37.8 percent he displayed in limited chances as a rookie with the Celtics. The vast majority of these three-pointers come when Moore is spotting up. Moore has taken 50 spot-up threes (out of 87 three-point attempts) and has made 23 of them (good for 46 percent), averaging 1.38 points per possession on those plays, per Synergy.
Moore has shot 47 percent on 34 spot-up two pointers as well, but those are naturally much less valuable shots.
And when Moore isn’t spotting up? That’s when the shooting equation tilts away from the efficiency scale. Moore has only taken 36 threes on 207 possessions that haven’t been spot-up opportunities and it shows, as he’s averaging only 0.86 points per possession overall on offense.