+ Quick, tiny point guard with accurate outside shot and slick handle.
+ Struggles defensively due to lack of size, especially when posted up.
+ Improved passer and distributor. Just average finisher. Excellent foul shooter.
got the locals excited with a month of strong play immediately after Larry Brown's dismissal, but the rest of his season looked remarkably similar to how he played under Brown. For the season he showed his greatest improvement as a floor general, ranking 13th in Pure Point Rating after having more of a scoring mentality his first two seasons.
Not that he couldn't score; Augustin
averaged 17.2 points per 40 minutes even though he had a down year from beyond the arc. He converted only 33.3 percent, but I'd expect that to improve; he made 44 percent of his long 2s and shot 90.6 percent from the line. Where Augustin
also needs to do better is at the rim. He made only 53.8 percent of his shots from there, and while he's at it he should work on a teardrop too -- he was 34-of-115 between 3 and 15 feet. He drew fouls, though, and rarely missed from the line, so his True Shooting Percentage was solid.
One thing all the metrics agree on is that Augustin
is a bad defensive player. He rated in the bottom quarter of point guards according to Synergy Stats; allowed a 17.2 opponent PER according to 82games.com; and the Bobcats gave up 7.91 points per 100 possessions more with him on the court last season. Also, there's the visual stuff. Augustin
is small, and he doesn't move his feet particularly well on defense. For a quick little guard, it was surprising to see only four point guards stole the ball less frequently.
For that reason, he may have trouble hanging onto a starting gig for long. Teams can live with a bad defender at the point if he's a dynamic offensive player, but Augustin
isn't quite there yet.