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For the Wizards this year, Singleton has excelled as a screener in the pick-and-roll. He is averaging 1.09 points per possession as the roll-man, a number that would rank around the top 30 in the NBA if he had enough possessions to qualify. The majority of these possessions involve him popping out for a jumper instead of rolling to the hoop.
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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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Tagged Alec Burks, Avery Bradley, Cartier Martin, Chandler Parsons, Chris Singleton, Cuts, James Singleton, Jan Vesely, John Wall, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Seraphin, Low Post, Maurice Evans, Milwaukee Bucks, Pick and Roll, Washington Wizards
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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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On Friday night, the Blazers and Mavericks played to a draw until LaMarcus Aldridge’s buzzer-beater decided the game in overtime. However, before they got to that point, the Blazers defense had major trouble with the Mavericks’ pick-and-roll with Dirk as the screener. Let’s take a look at the many miscommunications and missed rotations.
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Tagged Dallas Mavericks, Delonte West, Dirk Nowitzki, Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry, LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Pick and Roll, Pick and Roll Defense, Portland Trailblazers, Raymond Felton, Shawn Marion, Wes Matthews
How do Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden get so open despite the lack of inside presence on offense? Why can’t defenses stop them? Head over to Hickory High and find out! (h/t to Chris at Smart Football)
Because Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, and Nick Collison don’t threaten a defense, Oklahoma City has to get creative when their initial option is contained. The first thing Oklahoma City does is use the screener to set a second off-ball screen instead of the rolling to the hoop. Normally, a simple screen for Kevin Durant could be handled with relative ease. But because the defense is overplaying the ball handler, there is nobody to help Durant’s man when he gets screened. The video below shows the space this second screen creates for Durant.
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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.
The Lakers are interested in finding some scoring punch to support their big three of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum. According to reports, Gilbert Arenas could be the man for the job. Last year, Arenas was brought into Orlando to come off the bench as a perimeter shot creator, which is similar to the potential role he would see on the Lakers. Let’s take a look at how Arenas might fit into the Lakers’ plans, using his play from Orlando as an example.
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Tagged Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, Isolation, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol, Pick and Roll, Ryan Anderson, Spot Up, Steve Blake, Troy Murphy