Bobcats individual season reviews: Anthony Tolliver

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Tolliver had a bell curve-like season in playing time but up and down as far as impact on the games he played in.

Season Recap

Anthony Tolliver had a season that his basic stat line can't come close in telling the full story on him.

Taking a look at Tolliver's counting stats you see he averaged 6 points and 2 rebounds per game. He shot 42 percent from the field and 41 percent from three point range in 20 minutes per game. These basic statistics tell us that he played a solid amount of minutes but didn't really impact the game very much when he played.

Looking at Tolliver's advanced numbers it becomes apparent that he was incredibly efficient this season with a True Shooting percentage of 60 percent and an effective Field Goal percentage of 58 percent. Both are way above league average. However, according to his per-game numbers, he only attempted 5 shots a game so you can argue that his efficiency numbers are a bit inflated due to such a low number of attempts.

However, these per game numbers would apply better if Tolliver had been a more consistent part of the Bobcats all season. Tolliver was in and out of the lineup throughout the season, at first gaining traction slowly in helping the team's three-point shooting and then decreasing when Chris Douglas-Roberts offered similar benefits with a more versatile defensive and offensive skill set.

Breaking down Tolliver's season on a month by month basis, he played about 10 games per month with a big jump in January. That big jump can be attributed to January being when the Bobcat were dealing with the majority of injuries they faced this season.

Tolliver was not only inconsistent with playing time because of injuries to other players, but because of his own play as well. His defense wasn't always what it needed to be: too slow to defend on the perimeter and not strong enough to defend the interior, so he was mainly an offensive tool. The defense didn't fall off a cliff without him because he makes decent rotations, but it definitely took a hit.

What hurt Tolliver the most however was his inconsistencies on offense. There were nights when Tolliver attempted more shots than his average. Mainly shooting from the perimeter, if he was hitting it added a necessary layer to the Bobcats' offense. But when he wasn't hitting, like just about the entire month of March, he could become a liability on the floor.

Season Review

Tolliver's inconsistencies in playing time and shooting hurt him at times but the good things he did can't be understated.

Tolliver's shooting spaced the floor for Charlotte, a benefit they severely lacked in the first months of the season. When hitting his threes, he was an invaluable asset that helped make the Bobcats' offense more efficient as a whole. For a team that lacked in consistent shooting, Tolliver was for many nights the best option they had.

The main problems were the nights when Tolliver wasn't hitting his shots or when he was outmatched defensively by quicker wings. He can't create his own offense so he's very reliant on his spot-up three-point shot. If he's not sinking those shots, then his time on the floor can become a pretty significant minus because of defensive limitations. That's why, despite shooting over 40 percent from three for the entire season, Tolliver had so many DNP-CD's. It's difficult to rely on his narrow skill set.

Future Outlook

What we see out of Tolliver is probably what we're gonna get for the rest of his career. All I can ask of him is that he works on his defense but physical limitations can only take you so far.

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