Chris Paul’s history of creating good shots for shooting guards, including Morris Peterson

September 4, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Elite pass-first point guards like Chris Paul obviously make the players around them better, but D.J. Foster of Clipper Blog has an interesting look at just how much better some of the guards who have played next to Paul over the years have benefited statistically, including Flint Northwestern and Michigan State great Morris Peterson:

This was the year the Hornets went 56-26 and finished one game away from reaching the Western Conference Finals. You may remember Morris Peterson from his Flintstone days at Michigan State, or from his time next to Vince Carter in Toronto. At 30 years old in 2007-08, Peterson was on his last legs, but it didn’t stop him from starting all 76 games he played in.

Here’s what Morris Peterson did in his season sharing a backcourt with Paul:

  • Shot a career-best 39.4 percent from the 3-point line
  • Posted a near career-low in free throw attempts per-36 minutes
  • Recorded his third-best True Shooting Percentage at 54.9 percent

That data should be favorable for another Michigander and veteran guard who recently became a Clipper, Detroit native Willie Green. Paul should find Green for plenty of open shots this season.

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