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The other major strength in Augustin's scoring game is his above average ability to finish near the rim. At only 6'0 tall, Augustin uses a floater that has been a cornerstone of his game over the course of his career. Don't just take it from me though, Jonathon Givony of the popular DraftExpress.com pointed this out all the way back in 2007, Augustin's sophomore season at Texas. Here's his assessment of Augustin's strength at the rim and in the mid-range:
Augustin also boasts a solid career .315 Free Throw Rate, showing that he can absorb contact from bigger players upon penetration. For a reference point, Brandon Jennings' career FTr is .241. Essentially, for every 1000 FG attempts, expect Augustin to get to the charity stripe an extra 74 times. As a nearly 80% free throw shooter, Augustin's extra trips to the line are very beneficial from an efficiency standpoint. All else equal, Augustin is already a more productive scorer than Jennings, even when you don't consider Augustin's superior shooting efficiency from the floor. If nothing else, Augustin will be a breath of fresh efficiency air when Jennings comes off of the floor.
Normally when I look at a shot frequency chart, I compare it to the player's shot efficiency chart to see if there's somewhere he should be taking less shots. In a vacuum, I would say that Augustin should cut down on his right wing threes and right side mid-range jumpers. However, it's hard to play a right-handed player off of screens to the left side of the floor, due to a trailing defender being right in his shooting pocket. It's necessary to keep Augustin's action balanced, so it's hard to say he needs to cut down on shots from the right side of the floor, where he's less efficient. Playing the right-handed Augustin to the left side of the floor more often would likely only cut into his efficiency, rather than improve it. This is simply a matter of hoping that Augustin can optimize the quality of the looks he gets on that side, and maybe have a hot shooting year on right wing and right elbow jumpers.
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