Shelvin Mack, Point Guard
Contract Status: 2 years/ $12 million
2016-17 stats: 55 games, 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 44.6% FG, 30.8% 3PT, 68.8% FT
PER 36 stats: 55 games, 12.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 44.6% FG, 30.8% 3PT, 68.8% FT
The Orlando Magic’s first free agent signing of the Weltman/Hammond era was a small blip on the radar. Shelvin Mack isn’t the biggest name but he is a familiar name to those that follow basketball. At only the age of 27, Mack is a relatively young veteran who has bounced around the league a bit. Mack isn’t the flashiest player or the most talented but he knows how to fulfill his role. Shelvin Mack is coming off of a pretty standard year for him statistically. It’s not the numbers that make Shelvin Mack a great pickup for the Orlando Magic, it’s his intangibles. Mack gives the Magic another Veteran known for being a good locker room guy that can show this young team what it takes to win. Mack himself has been part of four playoff appearances and has no problem coming off the bench.
Strengths of Shelvin Mack
A few things come to mind as strengths for Shelvin Mack. Mack is a solid 6’3″ 203-pound combo guard but will be used as a point guard for Orlando. One of his biggest strengths is drives to the rim. According to Basketballreference.com Mack was able to convert 63.7% of his attempts within 3 feet of the basket. He has great body control and can finish through contact. Mack is an intelligent player that does not play outside of his abilities. 68.5% of all Mack’s FG attempts were inside the 3 point arch. 42% of those within ten feet of the basket.
From a backup point guard, the main thing you are looking for is consistency. Mack is not the type of player to try to take over a game or carry a second unit. He knows what his limits are and is very capable of running an offense.
Weaknesses of Shelvin Mack
One of Mack’s weaknesses since college has been his quickness and athleticism. Because of his average speed, Mack has trouble staying in front of faster point guards on defense. He makes up for this lack of quickness with an above average wing span that helps him close out on shooters. His high basketball IQ helps him to take the correct angles and be one step ahead to cut off opponents even though he isn’t as quick as they are. Even with average speed and explosiveness, Mack is able to find a way to the rim on offense.
The Magic wanted to add more shooting to this year’s roster, Mack does not help much in that department. As the Magic know, having a point guard that is not a threat to shoot the ball limits the offense. Shelvin Mack converted 30.8% of his 3 point attempts last season. When Mack is on the floor opponents have one less deep threat to worry about and can play him loose on the perimeter.
Expectations for Shelvin Mack
Shelvin Mack is coming to the Magic as a backup Point Guard. The question is whether he will be the second or third option. The Magic brought in D.J. Augustin last season and he still has 2 more years left on his contract. Augustin is a better shooter but can be streaky. Mack has a good chance of challenging Augustin for the primary backup position. The Magic have a lot of money tied up in the point guard position alone. Both Mack and Augustin will make over 11 million combined this season. One of them will need to win the backup role to Elfrid Payton which may cause the other to be shipped out at the trade deadline for more assets. With Mack having a team option in his second year, he has to prove his worth to stay in Orlando. I look for Mack to keep the second unit afloat while Payton sits and not lose too many turnovers. If he can do that, he will win the backup job.
Projected 2017-18 position: Reserve Point Guard