Smith has gotten better.
Where has Aminu and Vazquez gotten better at? They have logged more minutes and accumulated numbers, sure, but where have they actually improved? This is their first season playing extended minutes.
I'm sincerely asking.. Where have they improved?
Let's ignore the stuff that changes in large part due to minutes.
Vasquez hovers around 10th in the NBA in AST%/TOV% among players who play at least 30 minutes per game. To be clear, I'm using minutes played as a filter to knock out guys who play spot minutes in garbage time and the like. Those percentages are quite good. He wasn't always that good at passing. In fact his AST% has increased each year and the TOV% has decreased each year.
Again, one knock on Vasquez is his turnovers, but those increase with minutes, as well. When you normalize out the time, dude's improving.
As noted above, is that Monty, is that him, etc. . . . . all fair questions. But when you look at the number of people who improve rather than bust compared to players who came in and regressed before and looking around at other teams, I think each little plank makes a case for Monty being at least average in this dept.
Again, not saying you disagreed with that, just kind of recapping for people who aren't reading the whole thread.
With Aminu, looking at time-normalized numbers, we see his PER up each year (a big leap this year and year 2 seems to be when thing `kick in' for Monty's guys), as is WS/48. FG%, eFG%, and TS% are up this year, but was slightly down last year from that before. TRB% has steadily increased, same with AST% and STL%. TOV% has increased each season slightly and FT% has ticked downward from 77% to 74%, so it's not like he's just up and up and away.
With the eyes, he's making fewer mistakes (but boy are his mistakes shiny when he makes them). He's clearly using his athleticism more, and his rebounding is not as `quiet' as it was. Perhaps the best thing is that he has a niche. Creating the turnover and going on the break or doing some slashes where he dunks or only has single dribble before going up. Finding that role is key. Note the huge drop in his three-point attempts since coming here.
All in all, is he some great player . . . no. Has he gotten better? Yes.