I believe Irvin will be the primary user of pnr next season but I think MAAR might be the secondary option for pnr. Regarding my belief that MAAR will have more pick and roll opportunities than Walton next year:
1)I was surprised to find out that after Levert went down MAAR was given 3 pick and roll opportunities per game whereas Walton was given 9 pick and roll opportunities per game. I did not realize MAAR had so many opportunities and it shows me that JB is serious about experimenting with MAAR in this role.
2). MAAR's points per pick and roll possession were better than Walton's. MAAR achieved 1 point per possession (including passes that led to points) whereas Walton achieved .88 points per possession.
3). I do not have any data to back this up but my sense is MAAR was not given the luxury of receiving screens early in the shot clock. if memory serves and I might be wrong, MAAR received the ball late in the shot clock after the possession became in danger of expiring via shot clock. And by design MAAR was charged with getting the best look he could get and or passing to someone who was more or less forced to shoot. All things being equal, MAAR was consistently put into a position where you would expect less passing and significantly lower percentages of shots going in. In fact, he did pass less but he scored significantly more than Walton per pnr possession.
4). Even if MAAR and Walton were equally effective at pnr Walton is better than MAAR at catch and shoot so he is a better off the ball target.
5). even if MAAR and Walton were equally effective at Pnr It is better to groom MAAR for pnr in anticipation of Irvin and Walton's departure. X is still an unknown.
6) When I compare their deficiencies as pnr players I think MAAR has less to overcome than Walton. I think MAAR actually needs to do less. He needs to develop timing and pauses so he can seize opportunities a)after the screen and outside the 3 point line, b) a pause at the free throw line, c) a strategy for baseline kickouts when he over penetrates and can't find the rim. Conversely, when I look at Walton's shortcomings I see things that are hard to fix, because he needs to a) finish at the rim a lot better b). Get to the paint better, c) finish midrange, d) get taller. e) be faster and more explosive.
I wonder what other people think. PNR is the key to our success....So I really hope we can figure it out.