"Both are automatic from midrange when they are open"
Please Crow, that conversation makes not much sense, when you constantly missing the point. Open, is the key word here. The Synergy data contains ALL situations, even those when they don't even shoot due to a turnover.
In average the league shots about 38% from 10 to 23 ft, Bass and Garnett are at about 48%.
below league for all shots and not really that impressive to me and certainly not "automatic".
The point is not whether you are impressed by that or not, the point is that both players can play the high pick&roll with Terry like Nowitzki done it. Obviously, neither has the range of Nowitzki, which will probably lead to a lower efficiency increase than with Nowitzki for Terry, but nonetheless it should look better for Terry than as he looked without Nowitzki on the court. They can run the same staggered picks like the Mavericks, they can the pick&pop, they can do that too. This is the point.
But I guess most other players really suck on those plays.
There is an VERY important detail you are missing, shot selection is not just determined by the players own will, but more importantly by the shot the defense is willing to give up. And usually the defense is trying to give the opponent a low percentage shot. Some players don't have the talent in order to get better shots, but the shot clock is forcing the players to take a shot, because no matter how low the probability is to convert that shot, it is still more likely to score than by accepting a shot clock violation.
And you left Green out. Did he not support your argument against my cautious, need the facts perspective?
Green didn't play last season, there is no data available for him. It would be good, if you educate yourself first before making baseless assumptions. And Jeff Green had about 48% from 10 to 23 ft on the Celtics as well.
The point for Terry isn't even how good those roll man are at converting, but that Terry is an improvement over Rondo in terms of converting as pick&roll ball handler. Rondo scored on 42 eFG% in those situations while Terry on 49 eFG%.
Maybe or even probably so, but it is still an unsupported assumption. And overall they optimized their team eFG% to ... 14th best in the league last season. So you trust them to have done right on this detail, when the facts say they were not notably efficient at shot selection overall.
It makes not much sense to engage in a conversation when someone like you are completely missing the point or just blantantly makes up strawman.
It is not a question of the results here, it is a question of the opportunities. My point is that it is likely that they just didn't have the opportunities to take better shots rather than thinking they were just morons who couldn't see the obvious. Heck, the Mavericks had Roland Beech on the bench, drawing up charts on the fly, you know, the guy who runs 82games.com, and you really think that they were just unable to see the thing which seems so obvious to you?
Yeah, it is easy to say that they should take different shots, but it not that easy to get that better shot against an opponent who wants you to not get that better shot. A part of the equation you seem to ignore.
I would have assumed that the Celtics would recognize that they were extremely high on frequency of low-efficiency mid-range shots and correct things... but they didn't, all season.
If the Celtics could have gotten easier shots, they would have taken them. That is the reality. The shot selection is determined by the own talent and the opponents defense, not by pure will. Rondo can't create better opportunities, thus the Celtics accomodated that by using their better midrange shooters.
I understand the logic of getting him though, if you have alienated Allen and vice versa and / or you decide you can't continue to do (with their high pick n roll and everything else) what produced the 27th best offensive efficiency... any longer.
The Celtics were above average for isolations or for the rollman in the p&r. Do you want to know where they were way below average? The pick&roll ballhandler! Rondo running the pick&roll was a problem here. Terry will improve that aspect. And Doc Rivers already said that they want to use Terry as backup point guard, maybe even reducing Rondo's minutes. I wouldn't be suprised, if they let Terry get the minutes at PG at the end of close games, while Rondo is sitting on the bench.
1. Shot selection is not determined by will, but rather by talent and opponents defense.
2. The Celtics have a couple of potential pick&roll partners for Terry.
3. Terry is better as the pick&roll ball handler than Rondo.