Starting today, we will start a series of articles called “Dubs by the Digits.” These articles will give fans a quick statistical breakdown on members of the Golden State Warriors.
Our first article in this series will be about one of the newest members of the Warriors’ 2014-2015 team, Shaun Livingston.
Livingston is a nine-year NBA veteran who’s played for the Los Angeles Clippers (2004-07), the Miami Heat (2008), the Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-10), the Washington Wizards (2009, 2012-13), the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets, 2009-10), the Milwaukee Bucks (2011-12), the Cleveland Cavaliers (2012), and the Brooklyn Nets (2013-14).
Livingston has bounced around in the NBA, but he’s also had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get to where he is right now. Livingston suffered a gruesome left knee injury in 2007 in which he tore his ACL, PCL, the lateral meniscus, he badly sprained his MCL, and he dislocated his patella and tibio-fibular joint.
Right after this injury, Livingston was told that he might have to have his left leg amputated. It took him several months of rehabilitation to even walk. His recovery from this awful injury took longer than expected. He was waived and traded by several teams, and he didn’t find a consistent role on an NBA team until last season with the Nets.
Livingston was the primary backup point guard entering the 2012-2013 season with the Nets, but when Brook Lopez suffered a season-ending injury, Livingston joined Deron Williams in the Nets’ starting backcourt.
Livingston will be the primary backup point for the Warriors this upcoming season, but he could certainly see time backing up Klay Thompson as well, given his impressive 6-foot-7-inch frame. He will be a great asset for the Warriors because he knows how to run an offense, he’s efficient, and he can find ways to get his shot. He’s not a three-point threat, but he will pair well alongside other shooting threats such as Stephen Curry and Thompson.
With all that being said, let’s take an in-depth look at his stats from last season with the Nets.
|PTS||REB||AST||FG %||FT %||TS%||Off. Rtg||Def. Rtg||Games(starts)||MIN|
|in March ’14||10.2||3.7||3.3||53.1||84.3||60.2||119||105||16 (16)||29.4|
|in April ’14||10.4||3.6||3.8||52.4||57.1||54||103||114||5 (5)||30.1|
|vs. WC||8.8||3.2||2.9||46.7||86.1||54.3||111||108||29 (22)||26.2|
|vs Pacific||10.2||2.9||3||50.7||84.6||57.2||113||104||9 (6)||26.1|
|vs Warriors||8.5||3.5||0.5||58.3||75||61.8||114||95||2 (2)||23.4|
-TS%, true shooting percentage, measures player’s shooting efficiency, takes into account field goals, three-point field goals, and free throws.
-Offensive rating: points produced per 100 possessions
-Defensive rating: points allowed per 100 possessions
When looking at his stats, his efficiency is evident in his field goal and his true shooting percentages. Against all the divisions in the NBA, he averaged his highest points per game against the Pacific Division, which should benefit the Warriors. He also has solid numbers against the Western Conference, in general.
For a backup point guard, he produces impressive stats, even though some of these stats can be attributed to when he was starting. Livingston will provide the Warriors with the quality backup point guard that they need for this upcoming season.