Posts Tagged ‘Carlos Arroyo’

Shook Ankles: The Carlos Arroyo Experiment

March 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The Celtics have been in dire need of a reliable backup point guard’s services for what now seems like a decade.  They’ve made several attempts in that time to patch up a rather important position with torn and tattered cloth; players who were either too young and inexperienced (Avery Bradley, Gabe Pruitt), too old (Stephon Marbury, Gary Payton), too incapable (Sam Cassell, Marquis Daniels, Tony Allen, Nate Robinson), or too hurt (Delonte West) to make a meaningful impact.

In the time between the team announcing they signed Carlos Arroyo and his first minutes as a Celtic, I would’ve placed him in both the too old and too incapable categories. Arroyo looked to be nothing more than a spot up shooter in Miami and through age had devolved into a point guard no longer adept in running a contender’s offense. So far with Boston (in 53 minutes of play) Arroyo’s turnover percentage is about double what it was in Miami (26.4 to 14.5%), but so is his assist percentage (26.9 to 15.4%). Weird. Sometimes he looks older than 31, and sometimes he looks three or four years younger. There’s a good/definite chance he’ll never look like he did in this clip ever again, but that isn’t what Boston needs. The big question is this: Did Arroyo pack more in his bag than a jump shot?

Commentary: The Quandary That Is Miami’s Point Guard

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Why did Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra choose to replace his starting point guard, Carlos Arroyo, with the equally inept Mario Chalmers? More importantly, who cares? Normally, moves like this are met with indifference by everyone except those directly involved, and in this case, the move is so insignificant it’d be like being a homeless vagrant one day, and then the next, being a homeless vagrant with a pair of clean socks.  Does one player in the starting lineup really make all that much of a difference for Miami, moving forward?

Spoelstra cites his observance of “slippage…for really most of the month of January” as reasoning for the move, and believes “sometimes one alteration in the rotation can spark something that’s different.” What he means is, “If Chalmers and Arroyo are both cookies I dropped under the refrigerator, Chalmers, upon further observance, looks to be the less filthy option.”

To play the point in Miami is not a normal role. With Dwyane Wade and Lebron James on the team—players who work better with the ball in their hands—whoever the point guard is won’t inhabit a majority of the team’s ball handling duties.  Their responsibility is to space the floor, shoot a respectable percentage from the field, and prevent whoever the opposing point guard might be from surgically tearing the Heat’s interior defense apart.  There is no traditional “running of the team” on Miami, and more times than not, Chalmers, Arroyo, or whomever suits up at the one, won’t even bring the ball up the court. This change most likely means little, as throughout a regular season teams all over the league make adjustments to their lineup all the time. But because it’s Miami, the move will be scrutinized to a greater degree than, let’s say the Utah Jazz moving first round draft pick Gordon Hayward into their starting lineup over Andrei Kirilenko (and then immediately moving him back to the bench).

Working the Miami Heat beat, reporter Ira Winderman believes some subtext lies beyond the surface, with the real reason being a need to create more minutes for Mike Miller.  This is logical, but offensively, I just don’t see the difference in fazing Arroyo or Chalmers out of the starting lineup.  Defensively there’s obviously an upgrade, but if that’s the primary reason for the switch, why was Arroyo starting in the first place? Looking at their shooting statistics so far this season, in almost the exact same amount of minutes per game (Mario Chalmers plays exactly one minute fewer at 21.2 minutes per game) Carlos Arroyo has shown he’s the more dependable shooter, which is the number one notch any point guard needs to have on their resume if they play with Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. He’s sporting a team leading 46 percent from beyond the arc and 48 percent on long two pointers. Chalmers is 38 percent on threes and 36 percent on the long twos.



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