Player Analysis: James Posey
May 24, 2011
LOOKING BACK: The hope was that Posey's experience, his two championship rings (with Miami and Boston) and his veteran leadership would help the otherwise young Pacers. Though he played regularly under Jim O'Brien, coming off the bench in 41 of the first 44 games, Posey played rarely under Frank Vogel, making just eight appearances after the coaching change. A capable defender willing to take a charge, Posey was simply too much of a liability on the offensive end to warrant significant playing time. He shot just .336 overall and .316 from the 3-point line and wound up posting career lows in games (49), minutes (17.1), field goal percentage, rebounds (3.0), assists (0.7), steals (0.5), blocks (0.1) and points (4.9).
LOOKING AHEAD: Part of the issue with the Pacers is positional fit. Most of Posey's minutes came at power forward, where he defended with vigor but lacked the size and rebounding ability to be as productive as necessary. For most of his career, he has been a wing player, dividing minutes between shooting guard and small forward, but there simply is no room in Indiana's rotation at either spot. Advancing age as robbed some of the athleticism that enabled him to be a lock-down defender for much of his career.
KEY STATS: Of Posey's 241 field goal attempts, 212 came from the 3-point line, setting an NBA record for highest percentage of shots attempted from the arc (.880) in a single season.
CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through the 2011-12 season.
OUTLOOK: A Bruce Bowen-type role seems the best scenario for Posey, who could contribute as a defender and 3-point specialist, assuming he regains his stroke. As the Pacers invest their minutes in developing young players, however, playing time will be tough to come by for Posey as long as he remains in Indiana.