But while watching tonight's respectable win over the Charlotte Bobcats, I couldn't help but notice that not only can starting "shooting" guard Dahntay Jones not shoot worth a damn, but he has officially been added to my list of Nuggets I've NEVER seen make a shot. I don't mean dunks or free throws. I mean open jumpers from somewhere outside the painted area.
For those of you who have followed this blog for a while, the same discussion came up last season when the Nuggets acquired Chucky Atkins. Before Chucky played his first game as a Nugget last year, I wrote that I had never seen him make a shot either. Never. Not one. And since he's been a Nugget, sure enough, Chucky hasn't made one open shot (at least as far as I can tell).
So who else joins this illustrious list of current and former Nugget "shooting" or hybrid guards who I've never seen make a shot? Going back to 1990, here's a sampling off the top of my head, and I welcome your inclusions (please note that to make this list, the player had to get ample chances to earn more playing time. For example, Julius Hodge - who incidentally also never made a shot - never really got a fair chance to show how often he'd never make a shot. Make sense?)...
Dahntay Jones (career 44% shooter)
Chucky Atkins (41.5%)
Yakhouba Diawara (36.5%)
DerMarr Johnson (41.1%)
Rodney White (42.4%)
Junior Harrington (37.1%)
Vincent Yarbrough (39.3%)
George McCloud (40.2%)
Kenny Satterfield (33.5%)
Tariq Abdul-Wahad (41.7%)
Doug Overton (41.2%)
Darnell Mee (31.2%)
Mark Macon (38.4%)
Looking at this list above and watching Jones start only makes me more frustrated about the J.R. Smith situation. Sure, George Karl is 100% in the wrong to not be starting J.R. But regardless of the coach's decision, J.R. needs to earn that spot when he's given minutes. For the second game in a row, J.R. hurt the Nuggets much more than he helped them (J.R.'s +/- on Sunday against Memphis was -15 and tonight against Charlotte was -12).
Let's hope J.R. gets his act together soon and for the first time since...well...errr...David Thompson maybe?...the Nuggets will have themselves a decent starting "shooting" guard.