The NBA's preseason is a time for experimentation, for players to get in shape, for chemistry to be forged and to rest the team's starters so that some of the backups get a chance to show the coaching staff what they are able to bring to the table outside of practice.
For instance, if one would look at last night's game featuring the Miami Heat and New Orleans Hornets, they would see all sorts of fun things: Marco Belinelli reverting to his 2007 Summer League-self by leading the Hornets with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting frim the field; Aaron Gray being relatively productive; Pops Mensah-Bonsu playing (!); and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Eddie House and Carlos Arroyo all picking up DNPs for the Miami Heat, leaving Miami without any true backcourt options aside from Patrick Beverley and former D-Leaguer Kenny Hasbrouck.
Beverley took advantage of his time on the court, filling up the box score with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, four turnovers and a steal before leaving the game after "taking four stitches to his head" according to Heat beatwriter Ira Winderman.
Hasbrouck probably wishes he also could have left early due to needing four stitches to his head because, frankly, the box score tells me he played absolutely awful.
How awful, you ask?
- Hasbrouck made just one of his eleven field goal attempts including missing all six of his attempts from beyond the arc.
- Hasbrouck had seven assists in his 40 minutes of action, but also turned the ball over five times in that same timespan.
- Hasbrouck, typically known as a defensive specialist, didn't have any blocks or steals but he was able to get in the "blocks against" category thanks to Chris Paul swatting his three-point attempt at the end of the first half.
- Hasbrouck did lead the game in one category, lowest +/-, with a tidy little -23. To put that into perspective, Belinelli had a +23.
I'm going to go out on a bit of a limp this morning and opine that Hasbrouck might just be the next non-mattering Heat roster cut.
Call it a hunch.