...except lance isn't a scorer.
...except lance isn't a scorer.
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They will come at the expense of DJ and Hansbrough.
PG - GH 30 mpg / DJ 18 mpg
SG - PG 13 mpg / Lance 28 mpg / GH 2 mpg / Young_Green_OJ 5 mpg
SF - Granger 29 mpg / PG 19 mpg
PF - West 33 mpg / Hansbrough 12 mpg / Granger 3 mpg
C - Hibbert 29 mpg / Mahinmi 19 mpg
GH - 32 mpg
PG - 32 mpg
Granger - 32 mpg
West - 32 mpg
Hibbert - 29 mpg
Lance - 28 mpg
Mahinmi - 19 mpg
DJ - 18 mpg
Hansbrough - 12 mpg
Young, Green or OJ - 5 mpg
Young, Green or OJ would only get any minutes based on whether there is a need to give more minutes to GH, PG or Granger.
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Now you may be right. He has not been a scorer at the NBA level, but neither has Paul George before this year. I am looking forward to seeing how he does with more scoring responsibility.
So, since he will get more FGA due to being the second unit's offensive focus I expect his scoring to increase. I certainly believe that Lance can score.
The one thing that's troubling me in that case is that the majority of Lance's baskets so far have been assisted. 65% of his baskets were assisted, to be precise. In 3 pointers this mark increases to 90%. (here's the shot chart -> http://www.basketball-reference.com/...shooting/2013/ )
But he certainly has the ball handling to get his shot off. And he's a good finisher. I expect him to thrive as the offensive focus of the second unit.
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DC was starting before he got injured, and was replaced by George Hill. That was supposed to be HIS spot. Where's DC again? Who did we sign for nearly-obscene amounts of money this past offseason?
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It's also not about 5 bench players replacing 5 starters at the sametime (exception: Vogel during last years playoffs, which I expect we won't be seeing this year). No, the units get mixed, so both Lance, Paul and Danny will play with the bench guys.
Personally I expect Danny to start pretty soon and get limited minutes, which will be build up steadily if all goes well. Finishing games, that could be an entirely different matter and depends even more on how exactly Danny comes back. I wouldn't be surprised or opposed at all to see Lance finish games initially and him finishing games later on, depending on who our opponents are.
I do hope West keeps his touches and I also hope Hibbert will get a little more space to operate in which might be just what the docter ordered for him. It's a "waite and see"-situation for me at this point.
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I think it makes some sense to have the rotation built in a way that the starting 5 is Hill/George/Granger/West/Hibbert and let Granger spend time as the starting 3 and the backup 4. We could small-ball really effectively
While I think the best lineup will be with Danny starting, I think as long as Danny or PG is on the court at all times, and Danny only plays with Lance or PG on the court, then it won't matter all that much.
I wonder how many of his remaining buckets come in transition.
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The interesting part is the shots from 10 ft to the 3 pt line. He has made 21 shots from that area (granted 21-71 is not exactly great) and only 9 of those are assisted. So, he has shown some ability to take people off the dribble for a mid range J with his crossover even if he's not shooting that pullup for a great percentage.
In my ideal little world in my head, Granger starts by coming off the bench. It works so well, that he continues in this role, with his minutes increasing to between 26-32 minute per game. He becomes a scoring threat and a real pain in the *** for opposing teams to match up with, and creates a new flexibility with the line-up. As he get's his fitness back he frequently closes out games. In my mind it's a Manu Ginobli scenario.
This more than anything is the improvement in him I see, and it has come to the point where Lance is seen as something OTHER than a scorer.
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Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...
I, too am, fearful that without Lance the ball flow (and don't tell me that whenever we had it, Lance didn't play a major role with it) will possibly suffer. I can see the other argument though that the offense will get better and defense won't suffer at all.
Oh well, remains to be seen and hope Frank will be eager to change something if he sees something doesn't work (with Danny's return). Don't want us to say after the season "What if Frank had tried this or that....".
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Lance goes to bench which gives you a great 2nd team creator. Rotations up till now have extended Paul, West and/or Hill deep into the bench time so it's not like Lance being moved to the bench would mean he's not working with a starter or two. Often after the shuffling begins you do have Lance on the court with a mix of starters and bench.
Typically you get a nice attack with West/Lance PnR, so you could pull West "early" for Tyler/Ian, Lance comes in a little after that maybe for Hill or Danny so you have a mix with lots of options, and then as the wings are leaving for Sam and maybe DJ a bit, you have West return to make sure Lance continues to have a starter to work with.
Lately we've had almost no main PT runs of all-bench, and if you count Lance as non-bench even when Danny returns as a starter then you'll NEVER have a point where at least 1 or 2 of those 6 aren't on the court. The team is going to run 8 deep with tiny bits of time for DJ or OJ, and I assume OJ will take minutes away from DJ.
To me Lance has to be the bench PG/creator. He can defend the PG as well as DJ does (ie, at all) and can be the guy to get the ball up and to initiate plays. If he can feed the post, Paul or Danny can. And Lance runs the best high PnR on the team.
Danny disrupting things is just nuts. It's such a great addition and it's not like this same group didn't play together last year. The only difference now is that Paul and Lance are better than they were. Oh no.