Why Mack was cut loose

Why Mack was cut loose
October 29, 2012, 1:15 pm
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The Wizards had hoped that Shelvin Mack would be John Wall's backup point guard for years to come when they took Mack in the second roundof the 2011 NBA Draft. Mack, though, lasted just one season in that role as he was cut loose by the team on Sunday.


Mack, who mostly played shooting guard at Butler University, struggled in converting to playing the point guard position at the pro level. Mack couldn't find his shot in his rookie season with the Wizards. Mack made just 40 percent of his field goal attempts and 28 percent of his three-point shots last year, averaging only 3.6 points in 12 minutes off the bench.


Mack had to shine this pre-season and apparently he didn't do enough for the team to keep him, averaging just 4 points in 8 games.


For now, the Wizards will go with a veteran guard, 33-year old Janerro Pargo, to back up A.J. Price who will be the opening night starter at Cleveland Tuesday night. Pargo averaged 7 points and 3 assists in the pre-season.


Wall, meanwhile, is sidelined for at least the first month of the season with a sore knee.