Jannero Pargo has not only been on nine teams in his eight season career, he's played on three separate teams just this season, finishing the regular season with the Bobcats. His 18-game affair in Charlotte was by far his most successful of the year, since he only lasted seven games with both the Hawks and the Wizards.
It's hard to delve into an analysis of the final third of a 33-year old fringe guard's season with the second-worst team in the league without asking yourself what the hell you're doing with your life -- especially when the results are likely to be inconsequential -- but I'll try my best.
In 18 games of action, Pargo scored 8.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting from the field and 38.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 16.2 minutes per game. What did it mean? Not much. He wasn't amazing by any stretch of the imagination and the Bobcats already have their resident gunner in Ben Gordon.
But for a 10-day-contract-turned-signing in mid-March? You could do a lot worse.
Pargo's illustrious stretch with the Bobcats won't warrant much praise from the statistical community. Since March 14th (the day Pargo signed with the Cats), only Byron Mullens had a lower net efficiency rating. Of course, Mullens' feat was much more impressive since he plays the majority of his minutes with the starting line up. Obviously, the -13.6 figure should be taken with a grain of salt. First of all, individual on/off numbers are flawed by nature, often representing the strengths and flaws of certain line up combinations rather than individual ability itself. Second of all, an 18-game, 16 minute per game sample size is ridiculously small.
Still, the numbers do represent a larger, more obvious trend that doesn't need NBA.com's Stats tool to help fortify it: Jannero Pargo just isn't very good.
Pargo's best game with the Bobcats was quite easily his second one, in which the Celtics easily handled the Bobcats. Pargo scored 18 points and notched five dimes.
What to work on
Pargo is who he is, at this point. He's 33 years old, he's a perennial journeyman and maybe once a year he'll shoot you back into a game.
Grade and future
As far as Pargo's grade goes, it's hard to make a concise judgement on a player who spent just over a fifth of the season with the team. For now, I'll give him in an incomplete. Time, and the Bobcats' injury situation, will tell if that status will ever change. If Charlotte's guards start dropping like flies, there are a lot worse replacement calls you could make than Pargo.