Let’s talk about a player who’s less than 5% owned on ESPN right now. Landry Shamet was a backup guard in Philadelphia last year, until he was traded to the LA Clippers in the Tobias Harris deal. Shamet ended the season as the 183rd most valuable player in ESPN Basic, averaging for the entire season (both the 76ers and the Clippers) 9+ Points Per Game, 1+ Rebound Per Game, 1+ Assist Per Game, 2+ 3-Pointers Made Per Game, on 42 3PT%, and 43 FG% overall.
After being traded to LA, Shamet’s line was 10+ PPG, 2+ RPG, 2+ APG, and 2.7 3PM on 45 3PT%, and 41 FG% overall. Only 8 players in the NBA had averages of at least 10/2/2 with 2 3PM on at least 40 3PT% shooting: Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Bojan Bogdanovic, Bryn Forbes, Buddy Hield, Danilo Gallinari, Steph Curry, and Brooklyn Joe Harris.
Shamet is now the starting 2-guard for the LA Clippers, where he could average upwards of 30 minutes per game (he averaged 27+ for LA last year), and where he gets to play with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Landry Shamet gets to space the floor for two of the best all around players in the NBA.
But, is Landry Shamet actually good? Let’s take a look at a list:
TS% of 25 and under players in 2019
|17||Jaren Jackson Jr.||MEM||19||58||26.1||59.1|
The above is a list of under-25 players last year and their true shooting percentages (20+ Minutes Per Game, 7+ Field Goal Attempts Per Game, 41+ Games Played).
The top 12 players are all 6’9” or taller, except for Landry Shamet, who’s 6’5”.
The top 12 players are all bigs, or dudes who dominate in the paint, except for Pascal Siakam (who’s 6’9”, and is one of the supposed elite wings in the entire NBA) and Landry Shamet. Siakam averaged under three 3PA per game last year; Shamet averaged 6+ 3PA after being traded to the Clippers.
Basically, Landry Shamet shot the ball from long distance as efficiently as any of the young, elite bigs shot the ball overall (which, of course, includes lots and lots of dunks).
That list of 25 year old players and under has some other interesting perimeter players, like Malik Beasley, JERAMI GRANT, Jaren Jackson, Jr., and Bryn Forbes. However, Beasley and Grant are both starting the season as backups on the loaded Denver Nuggets; 3J is on a young, maybe not ultra-crappy Memphis team (they were 30th in pace last year, but one imagines that will get faster this year); and Bryn Forbes is on the Spurs, a bottom-10 pace team (the Clippers were the 7th fastest team last season, though I can see that going down with the new stars now on the team). Meanwhile, Landry Shamet gets to play starters minutes on a team with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Montrezl Harrell, and Sweet Lou Williams.
Shamet was drafted as the heir apparent to JJ Redick as the outside shooter on Philadelphia. The ironic thing is that Philadelphia now has neither Reddick, nor Shamet, but Landry is still the heir to JJ Reddick, it’s just that he’s now the outside shooting threat for JJ’s old-old team, the Clippers.
Landry Shamet is currently being drafted outside of the top 140 on ESPN. He’s 4.1% owned, same as Norm Powell who is a guy you don’t know on the Detroit Pistons, just kidding, on the Toronto Raptors. (No hate to Powell, I like him.) Shamet is basically free, and he could very easily end the season as a top 100 player. If his rookie ratios were real, and his playing time reflects his Clippers numbers from last season, then Landry Shamet is a wide awake sleeper.