With only one pre-season game remaining, it's time to look at the Bobcats' first round pick, DJ Augustin. I described him as my nightmare pick, but later started sipping the corporate lemonade. The hype coming in was that DJ could be the distributing PG to Raymond's score first mentality. Has that been the case? Let's take a look...
Looking first at his totals for each game, we see that he's had more assists than points in one game. Even more significantly, DJ's FG% is a paltry 24% at this time and he's only hit four 3-pointers total, at a rate of only 19%.
Looking at his per minute stats a few good signs emerge. Only once has he had more turnovers than assists and the low level of turnovers (typically 2-3 per game) shows he knows how to take care of the ball. At his current rate, he'd average 8 assists per 48 minutes, which would have put him as the 21st best in the league last season (just below Steve Blake).
It's only been seven games and with time Augustin's understanding of Larry Brown's offense should grow. His ball handling has been solid and if his shooting can become less of a liability he'll prove worthy of the first round selection.