Acrossthe board, the Wizards need to work on their shooting and that includes guard Shelvin Mack who struggled to find his stroke in his rookie season.Mackmade just40 percent of his field goal attempts and 28 percent of his three-point shots, averaging only 3.6 points in 12 minutes off the bench in his rookie year.
Mackhelped Butler reach back-to-back national title games in college withhis ability to shoot the ball and hit clutch shots, but for the most part we didn't see that carry over to his first professional season in Washington.
Although he struggled with his shot, Mackshowed some promise that he could play at the NBAlevel.Mackhad his best game, a 10-point, 8-assist outing in just 19 minutesin a loss at New Jersey in early April. He followed that up with 11points and 3 assists in a win over Charlotte.In early February,Mackwent for 12 and 4 in a lossat Orlando but he simply wasn'tconsistentenough in his play throughout the entire season.
Mack did show he can handle the ball andrarelyturned it over, which is key for a point guard at any level.
So what can coach Randy Wittman do to get Mack to work on his game?
Obviously, Mack must get up hundreds of shots a day this summer to come back as a real threat from the outside next season. From the pull-up jumper to the three-ball, Mack must regain that form that made him a top-notch college scorer.
Mack also must work on breaking down defenders off the dribble and finishing shots over taller players around the rim. Listed generously at 6'-3," nothing is going to come easy for Mack when it comes to scoring the ball.
Mack has a good head on his shoulders, so he will put in the work to get better with his offensive repertoire. Mack will also participate in the Las Vegas Summer League and get valuable time running an offense with extensive minutes.
Consistency and gaining confidence will be a huge factor forMacklooking ahead to nextseason. If he can find both, Mack could be a nice piece off the bench for the Wizards.