Besides randomly starring in a Sprint commercial featuring Rajon Rondo and Steve Nash, Ryan Gomes has had a quiet 2011-2012 season. His role with the Clippers has been ambiguous and undefined. There’s no doubting he’s better as a power forward – his 12.5 PER at the four is eons better than his paltry 2.8 PER at small forward.
Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to find minutes behind Blake Griffin, Reggie Evans and Kenyon Martin. As a result of K-Mart’s arrival, Gomes’ minutes have dropped to eight per game (take out his 22 minutes in the Bobcats blowout and he’s at 6.3 MPG). He’s been even less productive this year compared to last, which says a lot. He’s shooting a horrid 33.7 percent from the floor (.382 TS%), and not really doing much else.
In 10 minutes or so per game, he’s not terrible — he doesn’t necessarily fill up the box score but doesn’t take away much either. Gomes is a great guy, a smart player and consummate professional. All we can hope for is that his shooting returns to normal (providing the Clippers with another versatile weapon) and he can earn back some of the playing time he’s lost this season. Just needs some good ‘ole confidence.
Overall Grade: C- [Update: after further deliberation (and the fact that I’m actually awake right now), I updated his grade.]
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