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A cursory glance at Glen Davis’ numbers might leave the impression that he’s having a career year so far this season. Davis is averaging career-highs across the board with 32.8 minutes per game, 16.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game.
It’s fool’s gold.
Davis’ rebounding and passing has improved a little bit this season, as evidenced by a small spike in his total rebound and assist percentages, but his scoring has not. Davis may be averaging 16.1 points per game, but it’s buoyed by inefficient volume shooting. This season, Davis is posting the highest usage rate of his career (25.9 percent) with diminishing returns — his True Shooting percentage (47.8 percent) is well below the league average (53.2 percent).
This is par for the course for Davis, by the way, given that he’s historically been an inefficient player on offense. You’d have to go back to Davis’ rookie year with the Boston Celtics to find the last time he posted a True Shooting percentage above the league average. And that’s only because Davis was a low usage player back then. As Davis’ usage rate has increased over the years, his efficiency has declined in the process.
Now Davis has fully entrenched himself as a black hole offensively. Part of it is because the Orlando Magic, bereft of scoring, need him to be. But mostly it’s because Davis never saw a shot he didn’t like.
In some ways, there is value in Davis being a volume scorer. The Magic are 3.6 points per 100 possession better on offense with him on the floor, per NBA.com. The problem is that Orlando, as a team, is averaging 97.5 points per 100 possessions with Davis in the lineup (Washington Wizards level of futility).
So what kind of shots is Davis taking that is making him an inefficient player offensively and the Magic a poor offensive team?
Let’s take a look at Davis’ most recent inefficient outing, which came against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, where he scored 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting from the floor.