Post by Non Alum Dave on Dec 6, 2016 18:31:42 GMT -5
Have things been so bad so far that all kinds of wholesale changes are needed? Look, I agree at the very least that AnT, RChamp and Malachi all need to be making at least 70% of their free throws. And I think it's totally reasonable to try to get some additional minutes out of PB. But really, they're just a handful of jump shots and free throws away from being 6-2. And since I'm probably viewed as an apologist for AnT, I will point out that, as KYs stats showed earlier, he doesn't come close to taking the lions share of shots on his team - he's just not making the shots he is taking. And, he may end up the near the top of the list all time for 3 point shots, but again, if you factor it per 40 minutes, he will drop down quite a bit.
IMHO, there is only so much Coach Carm can do in regards to placing restrictions on his players. I don't see how the PO can be real effective if 1-2 guys are on the floor at the same time with instructions not to shoot. To me, you either play them, and let them play, or don't play them. I honestly don't think its any more complicated than that. The question for me then becomes: will the bench players develop enough to take some minutes?
Neither Robert or Anthony are playing as well as we would like. I posted before the last game that AT should have a "red light" for 3s. Still believe it. He handles the ball well but while I agree that a number of his 3s are as the shot clock winds down, he has shown some lack of judgment heaving 3s well beyond the arc early in the shot clock that leaves me the impression sometimes that he thinks he will sink it and get us either back in the game or increase our lead. Those shots have sometimes been air balls or just not anywhere close to going in. He still does his impression of JB with drives to the basket among the tall trees that end up back in his face and not nearly often enough to produce foul shots.
Robert is missing too many free throws and lay-ups. As for his long ball, we saw the sleeve on his shooting arm the last couple of games but we know he can stroke it when healthy. I can never understand a good to excellent 3 point shooter who doesn't shoot FTs well. Seems counter-intuitive. I have much more confidence that he will "find his game" again than AT. I hope I am right with RC and wrong with AT. I would like to see more of PB on the floor.
I may be the only fan of MH, who seems to have made great strides. I posted how he played Kempton pretty evenly last year in one of the games. I am not comparing MH to him, but against larger, slower centers, he seems to do pretty well. His outside shot, when he is on, is slick and he seems to be hustling more on D and had at least two deflections that turned into steals for us.
I'd like to see CLS more and see if he can/will develop into an outside shooter that we need.
I don't think CWC should give any player a "red light" per se but simply caution them to use their judgment when to shoot and counsel them when he thinks that judgment is off. I assume he does that.
But generally, I agree with NAD that despite the record, this team looks a lot closer to the one that won the PL tournament than the team that stunk up the regular season last year.