Late in the 2012-13 season, the Charlotte Bobcats surprisingly used their 15th and final roster spot on journeyman guard Jannero Pargo to help solidify their otherwise solid backcourt rotation. Similar to another low-profile player who seemed to be a minor addition towards the end of last season,(ie. Josh McRoberts) Pargo was brought back on board after a relatively solid stretch with the team.
Thanks to his pristine shooting touch from the perimeter, Pargo was able to lead and elevate an otherwise stagnant core of Bobcats reserves. While his “heat checks” were occasionally on center stage, he was a relatively mediocre to below-average offensive player when he wasn’t stationed from the three-point line.
As detectable from the following shot-chart, our subject actually became worse when he moved closer to the paint which is pretty confusing. As I’ve previously mentioned in a majority of my pieces on QCH, recently acquired Al Jefferson will be his most efficient when he’s able to work with players who can score from the perimeter. With the resigning of Pargo, Jefferson could occasionally have that player on an 15-20 minute per game basis.
His perimeter ability may be the main focal point of Pargo’s overall game but that shouldn’t take away from his underrated ability as a man-to-man defender. Before his trip around the Eastern Conference last season, Pargo had a little niche with the Atlanta Hawks because of the aforementioned perimeter ability but also because of his stellar play on the defensive end. Per Synergy Sports, opponents averaged a diminutive .79 PPP when they were matched up against Pargo. The most impressive thing about that would probably how he’s maintained that level of defensive fortitude as he enters the twilight of his career. One of the main reasons for that would probably lean towards that relative balance between aggression and being cerebral. That aggressive nature is showcased by how Pargo can stick to his opponent like Velcro but he’s also intelligent enough to be able to ease his way past off-ball screens or move with a penetrating opponent without drawing a foul.
While it’s relatively depressing for Pargo to just be a back-up guard who will be mainly stationed from the perimeter, that niche has kept him in the league for the past eleven seasons. In the past season, Charlotte finished 27th in 3 point field goal percentage so Pargo will be that necessary piece for a team who’s desperate to become a more balanced and efficient team from the perimeter. His role may be limited as he sits behind the likes of Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions, Gerald Henderson and Ben Gordon but Pargo will still be pretty valuable because of his gift with the three-point shot.