We all know how rough Dion's season has started out, but lately it has really taken a turn for the better. After shooting horrifically in November and December, Dion shot 41.9% in January and is up to 44% in February. Clearly, he is starting to get over his rocky start and figure the NBA out, but despite his obvious improvements, he is now getting less shot attempts than he was earlier in the season. Dion had 15 attempts per game in November and 14.25 in December, but those have dwindled down to 12.79 in January and a surprisingly low 10 attempts per game so far in February.
This is not fair!
Despite shooting at a higher clip than any month before, Dion is now averaging the least amount of points per game in February. Just as Dion has started to realize his star potential, the team has pulled the rug out from under him. He's a shooting guard, and shooters gotta shoot. Instead, Kyrie and Tristan have been robbing him blind of all his shot attempts. I can live with Tristan since a good big-small dynamic really keeps defenses guessing, and Tristan gets a lot of garbage put-backs. But Kyrie? He's a point guard. He should be setting these guys up all day instead of taking ill-advised midrange jumpers (the least efficient shot in all of basketball!). Dion takes mostly three pointers and dunks, and he's now making those at a higher clip than ever before.
Kyrie doesn't even seem to get that he's hurting himself in the process. He could be averaging 10-15 assists a game if he spent more time setting up his teammates and less time pretending HE'S the shooting guard. We already have one Daniel Gibson, people! Kyrie is too talented to act like a rich man's Boobie all the time. He came into the NBA totted as a pure point guard, but having a bad team in his first season broke him of that. Now he needs to realize the talent that is starting next to him and start dishing out those assists like he's Steve Nash or Ricky Rubio!
Let's face it -- if Dion gets his chance, he could be the next Dwayne Wade or James Harden. But it seems like just like Harden's time in OKC, Dion is getting his chance to shine taken away from him by a shoot-first point guard who is afraid to share the spotlight. When will Kyrie learn that as a point guard, getting a bunch of assists is what will make him a star. That will make him shine.
I hope Kyrie doesn't learn this lesson after Dion is in a different franchise, making it rain like Harden is. It's a cautionary tale. Point guards gotta pass, and shooting guards gotta shoot. There is so much talent on this team, and it's about time they start working together like they should.