Think Burke (the strength coach, right?) is coaching so they run fewer sets and more streetball/guard-oriented?
Lance played with great poise and he was under control. He made several strong drives to the basket actually looking to pass. He could've had 10 assists if his teammates could've made some shots.
OJ has good scoring ability. He's a good 2nd round prospect. He's sort of a poor mans Barbosa so maybe that's what the Pacers have in mind for him.
Plumlee reminds me of a young Dale Davis. Good rebounding and he contests shots well on defense and his offensive game is very raw just like DD's was coming out of college.
Not reading the thread, I haven't seen the game and I know nothing of the outcome, but it will replay tomorrow morning at 7 for those who might have missed it.
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So, I spent most of the game watching Plumlee and here's what I saw.
1) He sets nice screens. It's refreshing to see that he is a guy who actually tries to set screens and free up the guard instead of rolling to the basket before contact. He also actively tries to set as many screens as possible. When the ball-handler is in his side he'll actively look for him and try to set up a screen.
2) He seems to know how to pass. He is not a great passer or anything but he can get the job done. He doesn't seem like a black hole.
3) His jumper seems ok. Yes, he tends to fade away when shooting which in most cases is bad. Yes, his release is strange. But the release seems to synergize well with the fade so the shot that is produced seems good.
4) He made 75% of his FTs. If he is able to hit them in a 70% clip then I'll be very happy. Of course, the sample size is very small and I need to see more.
5) He did try to establish good post position in any chance he got.
1) His rebounding is a bit weird. He is not always active. He did grab double digit rebounds but sometimes he was content just blocking out and letting his other teammates get the boards. That's not necessarily back but it can backfire.
1) He is not a good second leaper. When he jumps for a block, he will not recover quickly to grab the board. In fact, most of the times he doesn't even jump for a second time.
2) He is very raw offensively. He seems to have decent footwork but his touch around the basket is bad. He did seem to finish strong when he had the chance even though he missed one dunk.
3) He didn't struck me as someone who could block a lot of shots. He does not seem to know how to do it yet. Roy and the coaches could help him in that department a lot.
4) He is not moving a lot when he is in the weak side. Of course, there were no set plays so his off the ball movement couldn't be great but I'd like to see him trying to go around his defender in order to acquire a better position for an offensive board.
Overall, I like Plumlee. If Roy can help him develop a back to the basket game then he'll be a solid backup.
Nice work Nuntius.
On passing. I know T Bird always puts emphasis on this little appreciated skill, but he looks like he might be able to make great outlet passes, which really can ignite a fastbreak unit on the floor. Lord knows they need it. Now lets see if DC can figure out to jump stop at the FT line and make a bounce pass to someone filling a lane....or lets see if someone can fill a lane, maybe too.
Is this going to be the game thread for today too?
Lance + Starting SG = Awesome
Now really free Lance!
Moe Harkless follows his 9pt performance with 2pts. He's only played about 10min though.
Lance + Starting SG = Awesome
Now really free Lance!
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It seems like some of the key negatives of Plumlee could be corrected or learned. On the other hand, how does one explain the fact that he didn't seem to learn some of these things under one of the best coaches in college basketball? I guess we must also consider the fact that he will be playing every day against an 7'2" NBA All-Star center in practice. If he can't learn and improve from that, I don't know what to say. I'm hoping for the best. I do like what I've seen so far, though.
Is there anyone who can teach him to learn to use those incredible athletic gifts? I'm up for anything that could work. I'd be up for bringing Bill Walton back to help, even if he says more loony stuff about Beethoven or whatever goes through that guy's head.
I don't think that Coach K has anything to do with big man development. I still remember him playing Team USA with Elton Brand, Chris Bosh and LeBron James at the 5 and completely forgetting Dwight Howard on the bench in Saitama. Of course, I was glad he did since this helped my NT to beat Team USA and advance to the Finals
I get it that he's considered a legendary coach in the USA but I don't put too much stock into how he uses his big men.