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New Post at Bullets Forever on Trevor Ariza

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with the acquisition of Ariza, the Wizards have a more reliable slasher at small forward. The Wizards shouldn’t let Ariza dribble into isolation situations, but when he can take one or two dribbles against a scrambling defender, he can get to the rim. On a similar amount of spot-up drives as Singleton, Ariza got to the rim twice as many times. Ariza is listed as 15 pounds lighter than Singleton, but he plays much stronger than Singleton in these situations. The video below shows Ariza’s ability to beat his man even when they aren’t closing out with urgency.

The problem here is that although Ariza may get to the rim more, he doesn’t always finish those shot attempts. He’s been up and down as a finisher in recent years, and he shot only 47 percent on these at-the-rim attempts on spot-up drives. At the very least, those shot attempts at the rim bring a greater possibility of drawing fouls. With a little random variation in terms of made layups and fouls, Ariza could be a solid bailout option instead of a negative presence.

New Post at Bullets Forever on the Wizards’ Youngsters

There’s more on John Wall, Kevin Seraphin, Jan Vesely, and Chris Singleton, so go check it out!

Whether by design or through Singleton’s own inaction, he almost never makes off-ball cuts. There are other players in similar situations as Singleton: stuck in a spot-up role with limited shooting ability. The difference is that these players also change things up by cutting to the basket and crashing the offensive boards. Singleton doesn’t do much of either.  Watch the clips below to see some of Singleton’s recent missed cutting opportunities. Note how many times his defender turns his back while Singleton remains motionless.

Head over to Bullets Forever for a lot more.

New Post on Avery Bradley at Hickory High

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Bradley’s talent for disrupting offenses is unparalleled.  It is hard to think of a player who has been consistently and single-handedly able to destroy a team’s attempts to initiate their offense like Bradley.  Watching his one-man full court press is reminiscent of something you would see at the youth level, where there can be large talent disparities.  However, these are NBA point guards getting their pockets picked like high school players.  The video below shows what happens when Bradley is hounding opposing point guards trying to set up their offense.

There’s tons of great content over there, so go to Hickory-High.com

Nikola Pekovic Playing Prison Ball

AP Photo/Alan Spearman

Nikola Pekovic has undergone a complete transformation into a highly useful player this season.  His PER has jumped up to 21.6 from a below league average of 11.2 in 2010-’11.  He’s shooting at a higher percentage and hitting the offensive boards at a much higher rate.  Since last year, Pekovic has improved in almost every offensive situation:

Despite having the 5th best PER among 1st and 2nd year players, he still got snubbed from the Rookie-Sophomore Game.  Let’s take a look at Pek’s under-the-radar success.

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So…Paul Millsap Should Be An All-Star

In a crowded group of quality power forwards in the Western Conference, Paul Millsap has forced his way into the All Star discussion.  His PER has jumped up to 25.5 (5th in the NBA) from 19.8 last year.  Amar at SLC Dunk had a great post on Millsap’s new levels of effectiveness from different spots on the floor.  Millsap has vastly improved his shooting percentages at the rim and from 3 to 9 feet, ranking among the top PFs for each.  I want to take a look at how Millsap gets these opportunities.

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Roy Hibbert Can Pass, Too

The Pacers offense relies largely on post-ups, as they make up largest part of the Indiana offense, according to Synergy Sports (18.6% of possessions).  As you might have guessed, Roy Hibbert is their go-to player in the post.  NBA Playbook detailed Hibbert’s success as a post scorer; he ranks 17th in the NBA in points per post-up possession.  However, even the strongest aspects of your offense can be stopped if you don’t have something to counter it.  One counter is to cut to the basket and let Hibbert deliver the handoff (the Pacers rank 3rd in the NBA in points per possession on hand-offs, btw).  Zach Lowe mentioned how the other Pacers work off of Hibbert’s post game, so I thought some video might help illustrate that.

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