lakersin4 wrote:I agree with the people saying Dwight needs more touches. We need to be blowing teams out in 3 quarters so they can't hack their way back in the game, cuz our bench is out there. For now Jamison/Hill close games, when Pau is back it's Pau with Jamison & Hill alternating. If we're up big it won't be benching Dwight. Not that D'antoni should be scared to do that..
Trodgers has already shown statistical evidence that Dwight is consuming quite a few possesions, so he is getting touches. And unlike Bynum, we can't just dump it into him and he'll go to work for a couple reasons: He will likely get fouled and miss 1/2 or 2/2, and he has the footwork of a paraplegic
This. People don't get that touches don't = number of shots, especially for big men. They look at the box score and say "Howard only took 11 shots! We need to feed him the ball more", completely ignoring statistical evidence such as the one trodgers keeps updating that shows that he's getting the ball plenty.
When Howard gets the ball, one of these things happens:
-he takes a shot (hook / layup / dunk / putback / bank shot)
-he is fouled (non-shooting)
-he is fouled and shoots FTs
-he turns it over
-he is doubled and passes it out (regular pass or hockey assist)
-he is doubled and passes it out and gets and assist
He gets a lot of touches, 2nd most in the team, but he can't shoot it every time, nor do we really want him to force stuff.
I would agree though that we could do a better job in terms of getting him better looks
. For example, we should look at how the Magic used him in P&R, with us it seems he's setting screens but rarely getting the ball back for an easy one, because there's not enough space sometimes or the screen is to high and the defense rotates in time, or something else happens. That's one example.
Also, many times his shots will be influenced by his hustle. If he works the glass and gets offensive rebounds he'll get way more opportunities for easy putbacks.