Kob3eight wrote:Blue Devils' Defense Takes Hit
With Ryan Kelly out indefinitely, Duke's defense could struggle. Opponents are shooting just 22 percent against the senior. And Kelly ranks third in the country in fewest points allowed per play (minimum 100 plays defended). Here's a look at where that puts him among 307 qualified players:
http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8830027/ryan-kelly-duke-blue-devils-indefinitely-right-foot-injuryDuke misses Ryan Kelly's defense most
When Ryan Kelly suffered a foot injury Jan. 8 at Clemson, it was casually assumed that Duke would miss his offense more than anything. After all, Kelly's versatility on the offensive end — his ability, at 6-foot-11, to knock down shots from the perimeter — had long been his greatest strength. He was the perfect hybrid four to play alongside Mason Plumlee, who benefitted from the extra space vacated by Kelly's extension on the perimeter. Plus, Ryan Kelly, lockdown defender? That reputation did not precede him.
RealGM's Dan Hanner crunched the comparative numbers for a handful of injury-riddled teams, and what he found about Duke was not exactly what you'd expect. Yes, Duke's offense has taken a slight dip without Kelly. But — turns out — his impact has been felt far more acutely on defense, where the Blue Devils have taken a verifiable adjusted efficiency nosedive — from 82.4 points per game allowed to 95.7.
http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/74441/duke-misses-ryan-kellys-defense-mostRyan Kelly is Duke's defensive quarterback against Louisville
When the Duke staff watched the video of the Blue Devils' Sweet 16 win over Michigan State in the early hours of Saturday morning, associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski wanted to hear one thing.
Apparently, senior forward Ryan Kelly is a screaming rainbow for Duke, which uses different color commands to identify defensive calls. Like a quarterback at the line, Kelly is making calls for how to play a ball screen or when to double in the post.
He also screams out phrases such as “force him to me” on penetration, “I've got your help middle” and “force him baseline.”
Wojciechowski heard just the right pitch when watching the replay.
“Ryan is our unifier,” Wojciechowski said.
If Duke knocks off top-seeded Louisville in Sunday's Elite Eight, Kelly will be a catalyst without needing to make a shot, which is entirely possible.
Much has been made of Kelly's triumphant, 39-point return against Miami after missing nearly two months with a foot injury. In his last five games, however, Kelly is shooting 30.7 percent (12-of-39), including 0-of-11 from 3.
Yet Kelly played one of his better all-around games in the 71-61 win over Michigan State on Friday night largely because of his reactionary defense. His doubles on center Derrick Nix the moment that Nix dribbled were flawless, Wojciechowski said. Throw in Kelly's seven rebounds and four blocks against the Spartans, along with the presence of 7-foot center Mason Plumlee, and Duke has a chance to combat Russ Smith's Matrix moves in the paint.
Found this on Reddit.
What Kelly has is the potential to become much more than that in D'Antoni's system since he possesses the secondary skills to be a part of other parts of the offense that are created by the Lakers' stars. The team consistently lacked a guy who could step in and fill that role as a consistent release valve for the offense, whether it was for ballhandlers in the pick-and-roll, guys posting up down low, or just something happening off a broken play. Kelly can be effective in this regard since he has the skills and basketball IQ to recognize these situations and maintain the offensive flow that D'Antoni requires. By filling this role, Kelly in turn allows everyone else to be better in their jobs, a mild hyperbole supported by how essential spacing is to the modern NBA game, not just D'Antoni's offense.
That might give the impression that D'Antoni himself is expendable and perhaps that is the case, but considering all the drama last year about running a spread floor system that emphasizes spacing, Kelly is quite the leap in that direction. He checks off essentially every category that D'Antoni asks from his big men and there's practically no scenario in which Kelly couldn't be useful in some fashion to D'Antoni on the offensive end. We talked about D'Antoni having a limited opportunity to get players that were more attuned to his system and principles in the offseason and Kelly is a pretty clear example of this. As badly as he was maligned last year for the Lakers' woes, D'Antoni did find a framework that worked in Horns and Kelly is about as good of a fit for that as you could find in the draft. We often deride looking more at schematic fit than talent when observing the big board, but for a coach in D'Antoni's case, Kelly is a step in the right direction.
LTLakerFan wrote:Waits for Hollywood Swinger to show up with his love for Dukees
Helljumper wrote:Naw, who cares about good info and stats. He's white so he's Luke Walton. And one guy tweeted that he wasn't a good defender so that means our management just colossally butchered this pick. This is the decision that will haunt us for years to come. It will singlehandedly cause Dwight to leave and cripple our franchise for all of eternity...
But yeah, this was a good pick. He provides a skillset we need and comes from a good program. After years of getting guys like Chukwudiebere Maduabum, Ater Majok, and Chinemelu Elonu, I'm not sure why anyone would be disappointed in this pick.
JSM wrote:A lot of people are comparing him to a poor man's Ryan Anderson. I wanted Anderson here since we got Dwight. Kelly is definitely a MDA pick. Biggest red flag I saw was that he's hurt. Only has a week left in his rehab, but that may keep him out of the summer league. With the number of injuries we saw last season, anytime you get an injured player, I get a case of flashbacks.