|PER||PER Against (Net)|
|Anthony Tolliver||11.0||10.9 (+.01)|
Strengths: As a last-minute offseason addition to a pretty depleted Charlotte frontcourt, the 6’8 Anthony Tolliver did a fantastic job in his role as a long-range sniper. That continued consistency from beyond the arc is clearly showcased from the basic fact that he shot 41% from behind the three-point line. While that high-percentage from the perimeter is extremely solid, the majority of Tolliver’s long-range mayhem came during catch-and-shoot situations.
As you can tell from the graph above, Tolliver was one of the most efficient players in the NBA in terms of scoring in catch-and-shoot situations. While some of that success can be contributed to the passing prowess of Kemba Walker and Josh McRoberts, Tolliver was still able to showcase himself as one of he more effective and reliable offensive weapons on the Bobcats roster. When Tolliver was on the court with Charlotte, the team’s offensive eFG% (effective field goal percentage) drastically improved from .47 efG% (off the court) to .49 eFG%.
Weaknesses: While Tolliver’s mastery of the perimeter game has definitely had a positive effect on the Bobcats offense, the 6’8 forward’s overall skills are pretty limited besides that one specific asset. On the defensive end, Tolliver was definitely able to showcase his potential in limited roles, especially with help defense, but the veteran forward still struggled to make a consistent impact inside Steve Clifford’s defensive scheme.
Perhaps one of the main reasons behind Tolliver’s defensive struggles would be the simple fact that he’s the atypical tweener. Standing at 6’8, the veteran forward doesn’t have the length or size to match up against the majority of the power forwards in the league, while not being quite quick enough to guard small forwards. Even though he does showcase a solid amount of effort, which has helped him become one of the better help defenders on the team, his overall defensive role on Charlotte will be in question as we transition to the 2014-15 season.
Reasons for Optimism: Tolliver’s aforementioned skills as a perimeter shooter could potentially add a crucial element to the continually rebuilding Hornets team. With that in mind, Tolliver will enter the 2014 offseason as an unrestricted free agent. While there are a multitude of other solid forwards that could be available (I.e PJ Tucker, CJ Miles, Mike Miller, etc) that could help solidify Charlotte’s bench, the veteran forward could still make a positive impact on Charlotte’s bench for the foreseeable future.
Reasons for Pessimism: As previously mentioned, Tolliver is pretty average player when you look past his perimeter abilities. His status as a “tweener” has definitely hindered his potential progression as a defensive stopgap inside Clifford’s defense. While he’s still an incredibly hard worker on both ends of the court, Tolliver’s future with the team is hurt by the fact that there’s likely to be a large amount of free agent forwards that are more well-rounded than the 6’8 veteran.