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Running on Empty

March 09, 1998
March 09, 1998

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March 9, 1998

Running on Empty

It's called hitting the "rookie wall," and it has nothing to do
with running into 7'3", 238-pound Cavaliers center Zydrunas
Ilgauskas in the paint. Rather, it refers to the time of year
when first-year NBA players, accustomed to college seasons that
last about 35 games, begin to feel the wear and tear of an
82-game grind. Here's a look at the rookies who have had the
biggest gains and dropoffs in shooting percentage from their
first 35 games to those played since (through March 1; minimum
40 games played). --Marty Burns

This is an article from the March 9, 1998 issue Original Layout

HITTING THE WALL
FG PCT FG PCT
FIRST AFTER
PLAYER, TEAM 35 GAMES GAME 35 DIFFERENCE

Adonal Foyle, C, Warriors .427 .300 -.127
Keith Closs, C, Clippers .477 .375 -.102
Keith Van Horn, F, Nets (right).411 .320 -.091
Cedric Henderson, F, Cavaliers .531 .440 -.091
Tim Duncan, F-C, Spurs .576 .508 -.068
Danny Fortson, F, Nuggets .447 .384 -.063
Tim Thomas, F, 76ers .489 .433 -.056

HURDLING THE WALL
FG PCT
FIRST FG PCT GAME
PLAYER, TEAM 35 GAMES 36 & AFTER DIFFERENCE

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C, Cavaliers .492 .530 +.038
Bobby Jackson, G, Nuggets* .391 .429 +.038
Chauncey Billups, G, .371 .402 +.031
Celtics-Raptors
Ron Mercer, G-F, Celtics .445 .446 +.001

*On injured list. Source: Elias Sports Bureau

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID E. KLUTHO [Keith Van Horn in game]