Lakerjones wrote:I'm actually more impressed with Wes than I was early on in pre-season. I like his D a lot. I get why realdeal has been so up on him. It's just that with D' Antoni he's a tougher fit here than he would be with a more traditional coach. He doesn't have the body type for a 4 - too slight. And he sure as HELL isn't a D' Antoni stretch 4 with his inconsistent shot. But I like him a lot. He's got nice athleticism and has really picked up his defense (looked really lost earlier in pre-season). I think he'll contribute.
Watching the game again, I picked up some of the things he was doing besides missing a lot of shots.
He boarded decently, or at least made guys work for boards by being active around the rim. But what he did really well was weak side help. He blocked a shot nicely coming from the weak side. He also helped create a few turnovers on Blake Griffin's junk post game.
You can tell when he's going to miss honestly. His jump shot isn't fluid and it takes a while. Just like Xavier, when he pulls up in rhythm without thinking about the shot, it's a nice looking jumper. Wes missed a couple and then was stuck in his own head all game long with his jumper. Next game I hope he attacks more.