Last season for the New Orleans Hornets, very few people were talking about Greivis Vasquez. They really had no reason to be talking about him, either. He was only averaging 8.9 points, 5.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. That’s nothing worth noting. In the 2012-2013 NBA season, there are still very few people talking about Vasquez. The difference is that he deserves to be talked about now.
Vasquez was given the starting point guard role for New Orleans at the start of this season. He has delivered on the opportunity that was given to him.
For the season, he is averaging 13.8 points, 9.4 assists and 4.5 boards per game, all of which are career highs. His assists average is also the third-highest in the NBA behind Chris Paul and the injured Rajon Rondo. Not bad company for the third-year guard.
Because of the Hornets struggles this season, as they currently have a record of 19-35, Vasquez’s production this season has gone largely unnoticed. People mainly focus on the development of Anthony Davis and not much else. That’s pretty unfair to Vasquez, because he’s elevated his play for this team.
The only real knock that can be said about Vasquez’s game is in regards to his field goal percentage. Though he’s raised it every year that he’s been in the league, it’s still only at a paltry 43.3 percent. However, the fact that he came into the league two and a half years ago and shot just 40.8 percent from the field and has raised that is a promising sign for New Orleans.
Going forward, if Vasquez can eventually raise his field goal percentage to somewhere in the upper 40s, he could be an elite point guard in the NBA. If that were to happen, maybe then Vasquez would get the recognition that he’s not receiving this season.