Jorker, JSM and others brought up the key point from today, you have to put this one in context. The Mavs SPL roster is junk. These guys would struggle against the better agent teams. Bynum was much more aggressive and decisive because he had 3-4 inches and 30 pounds on his man. Farmar got 4 steals in part due to just playing a slow inferior team.
To Bynum's credit he was much faster from catch to play today. Confidence makes all the difference in the world. He was looking for his shot and looking to go strong to the hoop immediately. Also was looking for cutters, but the timing was off, hopefully that timing gets more in sync as they play more games together. His defensive timing for swats is clearly improved. Fought well for some boards in traffic (so did Farmar), but I'm still worried about Bynum playing too upright. He needs to use his power to greater advantage in sealing his man low block and in rebounding.
Farmar continues to look great in dribble penetration and had the floaters working today as BDG said. Nice hoop iq on a few plays. Can't quite catch a steal so he punches the ball to a teammate for transition the other way. Give and go in transiton, realizes in the air he's out of position, makes the critical extra pass that gives Green an easy look.
Farmar's post entry passing remains a concern of mine. Telegraphed a slow motion post entry bounce pass that anyone on this board could have picked. Shot mechanics need a lot of work. Great thing is once he does have a reliable jumper he'll be a nightmare to guard since he can penetrate and handle so well, especially with his left. His defense was better today, more aggressive and tighter pressure inclduing going over screens, but it was against a slower player that doesn't have NBA level skills.
Pinnock continues to make great decisions with the ball. His best play was a sweet block, dribbles casually into traffic then a dramatic change of speed to blow by the D and float in for a layup. Good court awareness, quality decisions, can create his own shot, finish and shoot. He's definitely a keeper in my book.
Green shot better today, made better decisions, but still just doesn't seem to have "it." At least the overdribbling was reduced from yesterday, stil a concern though.
Slaughter is showng nice shooting range, but is frequently off balance and reaching with one arm for boards. Good handles, playing without hesitation, he deserves a longer look, but seems like a D-League candidate at this point.
I agree with BDG on Wafer, don't be fooled by the stats. He was breaking from the offense and just taking his man solo off the dribble with a quick first step and finish. Defensively he was a sieve.
Douthit made a nice dribble drive for a score. Sets up 20 feet out, goes left beats his man, rises up for 6 footer. I like his interior passing, but again his game drifts in and out, consistency problems.
Based on the first two games:
keepers - Farmar, Bynum, Pinnock
camp invite - Douthit, by default Green and Wafer given their experience
D-League/camp bubble - Slaughter (needs to show more on glass and D)
the rest - nope
Met a nice guy next to me who asked about fan boards, told him about CL, we'll see if he joins us.
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