Tag Archives: Low Post

New Post at Bullets Forever on the Wizards’ New Frontcourt

Go check out the video breakdown of how Nene, Kevin Seraphin, and Emeka Okafor fit together.

One way to open things up for the big men is by playing a little high-low, with one player flashing to the free throw line while the other sets up in the low post. The Lakers and Grizzlies often have two big men on the floor, and putting Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol in the high post creates problems for the defense. Of course, Nene and Seraphin haven’t displayed that level of skill; I doubt we’ll be seeing a Nene-Seraphin pick-and-roll alley oop any time soon. But although they aren’t Gasol-esque, both Wizards showed some comfort in getting the ball at the free throw line. From there they can look to throw an entry pass into the post or (hopefully) hit the short jumper.

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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.

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New Post at Bullets Forever: Kevin Seraphin’s Breakout Year

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Among the 36 players in the league that have shot at least as many hook shots as Seraphin (32 hook shots), Seraphin has the second best field goal percentage on those shots.

Seraphin’s left hand has also developed over the course of the season. Since the Detroit game last week, it would be hard to guess whether he is left- or right-handed. In the post, Seraphin has spun left an equal number of times as he has spun right. He has scored or been fouled on 55 percent of his left handed hook shots and 54 percent of his right handed hook shots.

 

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DeMarcus Cousins’ Game-Winning Post-Up

(AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

Late in the fourth quarter on Friday night, DeMarcus Cousins drew a foul and made the game-winning free throws to defeat the Utah Jazz.  Let’s take a look at how Utah chose to defend Sacramento down the stretch, and how Cousins got in position to win the game.

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What Happened to Amar’e Stoudemire?

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Much has been made of Amar’e Stoudemire’s poor performance this season, so the All-Star break seems like a good time to look at how his season has gone.  His lack of involvement in the pick and roll has been greatly discussed and seen as a big reason for his struggles.  While he was heavily involved in and successful at the pick and roll in Phoenix, Amar’e had a PER of 22.8 last year with the Knicks while only seeing 2.4 pick and roll possessions per game.  He is averaging a similar number of pick and roll possessions with Jeremy Lin in the lineup this year, yet his PER is his lowest since his rookie season.  Let’s take a look at the other aspects of Amar’e’s game and what’s going on.

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Nikola Pekovic Playing Prison Ball

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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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Monta Ellis: Low Post Star?

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When one thinks of the perimeter players that attack defenses from the post, Monta Ellis is not usually the first name that comes up.  However, the open court speedster has quietly developed a post game that is 2nd best in the NBA in points per possession, according to Synergy.  Yes, Ellis has been better in the post than Kobe, Lebron, Carmelo, and Joe Johnson, among others.  Ellis has spent less time in the post than those players, but his improvement in undeniable.

Head Coach Mark Jackson wanted to get more touches in the post for Ellis.  Not only did  Ellis increase his number of post-up possessions per game since last season, going from less than one to more than two, he has also become more efficient.  Let’s take a look at some of the moves in his arsenal.

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