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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 at Bullets Forever: How to Use Jordan Crawford

Head over to Bullets Forever to help me figure out how to fit Jordan Crawford into a normal offense.

Instead of simply giving the ball to Crawford and letting him do his thing, the Wizards would be wise to use Nene or Kevin Seraphin to draw the defense’s attention first. Once the defense is focusing on the post, Crawford has a much better chance at getting free on a down screen. In the video below, you see how easy it is for him to get to his favorite spot on the floor by coming off of a down screen while the defense is watching a post player.

New Post on Bullets Forever Breaking Down the Wizards’ Win Streak

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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.

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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New Post at Bullets Forever on John Wall and the Pick and Roll vs. Milwaukee and Indiana

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On Monday night versus the Bucks, Wall saw the same defense over and over when he ran the pick-and-roll. Milwaukee decided to have Wall’s defender fight over the top of the screen and the screener’s man play far away from the ball, daring Wall to settle for the jumper. Although Wall didn’t score on a single pick-and-roll all night, his process was good. He didn’t fall into the trap of taking jumpers and instead attacked the help defender with reckless abandon. On his pick-and-roll possessions, only one of his shots was from outside of the lane. His layups didn’t drop this time, but it’s usually good when Wall gets to the hoop. Among point guards, he ranks near the top when it comes to finishing at the rim (62 percent) and drawing fouls (0.45 free throws per shot attempt). The video below shows how Milwaukee defended Wall and the resulting attacking drives.

John Wall Makes Moves Without the Ball

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Wizards ran a few plays that took advantage of John Wall’s strengths and Detroit’s 26th-ranked defense on Monday night.  They moved Wall around off the ball, and the Pistons had trouble defending it, giving up plenty of easy looks.  Let’s go to the video and see Wall in action.

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