|PER||PER Against (Net)|
|Luke Ridnour||9.0||22.7 (-13.7)|
Strengths: Luke Ridnour joined the Bobcats as part of the mid-season trade with Milwaukee, which sent Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions out, and returned Luke and Gary Neal. The idea was to add some long-range shooting to the Bobcats, to help spread the court around Al Jefferson’s post ups and Kemba’s drives. Historically, this is a solid skill of Luke’s, with a career mark of 35% from long range.
Luke was tasked with being the backup point guard, spelling Kemba for short shifts in the final third of the season. A decent distributor and relatively strong protecting the ball.
And historically, Luke’s a great free throw shooter. There, I put something out there.
Weaknesses: Well, actual performance didn’t pan out as hoped for. Luke didn’t make shots in Charlotte, shooting just 39% as a Bobcat, and 30% from deep. And his traditionally good free throw shooting didn’t make the move either, at just 57% in CLT, compared to 86% career. So, basically, the backup point guard who was brought in to replace a not great shooter (Ramon’s strength being attacking the basket, not making threes) couldn’t make a basket.
At the other end of the court, it’s all weakness – Luke couldn’t guard anyone, with the PER allowed shown at the top. It was not good, as opposing offenses managed to score at a rate of 114 points per 100 possessions against the Cats when Luke was on the floor (104 when he wasn’t).
Reasons for Optimism: Well, I don’t really see Charlotte re-signing Luke this off-season, as Luke is a free agent. The Hornets will look to find a better match for Clifford’s defense and the team’s need for three point shooting.
Reasons for Pessimism: Umm, the team can’t find a better option in free agency?
Stats from 82games.com and ESPN.com