Monday, 11 August 2014

Al Harrington - Go Down Shooting

Al Harrington's 13 year career spanned 7 different teams and included two separate tenures in Indiana, who originally drafted him from Saint Patrick High School, New Jersey in 1998. As the consensus #1 player in his graduating class, it could be argued that Al's NBA legacy is somewhat underwhelming given his lofty standing as a prospect. Al has likely played his last NBA game after signing to play in China this season and leaves the association with solid career averages of 13.5ppg and 5.6rpg in just 28.6 minutes per game. His ability to put numbers on the scoreboard in limited minutes can be attributed to an unwavering faith in his jumpshot and total lack of conscience.

For reference, during the 2007-8 season, world-famous shotjacker Antoine Walker's 3-point-FG-attempts-per-minute ratio maxed out an eye-watering 7.6 per 36 minutes - a number made truly remarkable when you consider 'Toine made .324 of his attempts, well below the league average. Big Al's "best" season, by comparison, was 2010-11 when he launched 7.1 per 36 as a member of George Karl's turbo charged Nuggets. Fortunately for George, his teammates and the rims in the Pepsi Center, Al actually made his fair share, shooting .357 from deep.

Here's Al doing what he did best - draining a 3 instead of passing to someone better than him - while on the road in Golden State (and then sticking it to the fans and organisation who paid his salary for 2 years.)

To Al Harrington - a first-ballot Baseline Leaner Hall of Famer

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