He Will Score More Than 20 Points In a Game
There we go. There’s some boldness. I knew I had it in me.
The closest Bazemore got to a 20-point effort last year was during the game against Chicago I mentioned earlier. However, six of his 14 fourth quarter points in that contest came from a pair shots beyond the arc – an area where he made a pedestrian 29.4 percent of his attempts during the regular season, according to basketball-reference.com
Bazemore attempted only 34 three-point shots last year, and I wouldn’t expect his per-game attempts to increase by much heading into his sophomore season. Instead, expect Bazemore to take a greater number of shots from around the elbow or at the rim. As a more established member of the rotation, he won’t be required to create his own shot as often as he had to do during his garbage time minutes.
Basketball-reference.com’s per-36 minute projection of Bazemore’s 2013-14 season reflects the expansion of his offensive game (16.1 points/40.5 field goal percentage/3.1 assists compared to 16.6 points/ 37.1 field goal percentage/ three assists last year). Fewer shots, higher efficiency and a slighter greater emphasis on distribution – those will be the key to his continued success.