5 Most Interesting D.J. Augustin Stats Last Season

by Josh Cohen
Stephen Curry was the only regular starting point guard in 2018-19 who logged a better 3-point percentage than D.J. Augustin, who shot 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. Also impressive, the 6-foot, 183-pound Magic guard shot 38.9 percent on pull-up threes, the fifth best mark among all players who attempted at least 100 of them.

Among all regular starting point guards, Augustin had the fourth best assist to turnover ratio, behind Darren Collison (now retired), Tomas Satoransky and Mike Conley. Orlando’s floor general amassed 426 assists while committing just 128 turnovers.

Speaking of turnovers, Derrick White was the only regular starting point guard who averaged fewer of them than Augustin, who coughed it up just 1.6 times per game. Steve Clifford-coached teams always keep their turnovers down. The Hornets ranked No. 1 in the league in this category in Clifford’s first four years in Charlotte, third his final year. Last season, Clifford’s first in Orlando as head coach, the Magic ranked fifth in this area.

Augustin totaled 407 points out of the pick-and-roll, making 45 percent of his shots off this play type. The only other point guards who scored at least 400 pick-and-roll points while shooting 45 percent or better were Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie and Reggie Jackson. If you consider James Harden to be Houston’s point guard, which is fair considering he orchestrated the offense most possessions for the Rockets, he would be included as well.

The 31-year-old directly forced opponents into 26 offensive fouls in 2018-19, per Second Spectrum tracking data, the most on the Magic and tied for 35th most in the league. Although not known for his defense, Augustin is unafraid of contact and willing to sacrifice his body.

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