The short-term ramifications of the Garoppolo deal aren’t much — the 49ers are all but eliminated from the playoffs and Garoppolo wasn’t playing behind Tom Brady in New England — but there are huge reverberations for a number of players and teams across the league that will be felt in the months and years to come. Let’s break them down and trace the dominoes of the Garoppolo deal:
And the hope has been, along with changes on the field, there’d be growth off the field too. Last week gave Cam Newton a test on that count. How the 27-year-old handled the aftermath got Rivera’s attention. Newton showed up to work the next day, last Thursday, locked in mentally, practiced well, then issued his apology after all the work was done.
At one point, Beisner asks Schottenheimer about whether one game sticks out for him in his career, and Pat jostles his memory and reminds him of the 1994 Joe Montana-John Elway classic Monday-nighter, with Montana in his Chiefs’ cameo years winning with a dramatic late touchdown pass, and Schottenheimer smiles.
The Greek Freak’s usage rate towers at 34.2, almost seven points better than last season’s rate. (To lend perspective, Westbrook set the all-time record last season with a 41.7 usage rate.)
But Antetokounmpo is more than mere volume.
Antetokounmpo’s PER is 40.31 (Wilt Chamberlain set the all-time record in 1962-63 at 31.8). He’s shooting 65.9 percent from the field. He’s cresting on a 69.6 true shooting percentage. (Per Basketball Reference, the best true single-season shooting percentage of all time was 70.8 percent, via 2011-12 Tyson Chandler, and he was chucking about a third of Antetokounmpo’s shot attempts.)