Vasashi17 wrote: The Rock wrote: puffyusaf#2 wrote:
what is this stat?
just means his overall effectiveness. ppp is points per play. Supposedly he's being misused by D'Antoni yet his FG% and effectiveness per play is same as last year when he was the primary option in Orlando
So we're talking about his last season in Orlando...was that the season he led Orlando to the Finals or was it the one where an injury took him out early and that whole Dwightmare thing was following him around everywhere?
If you're going to bring in the best pick and roll finisher and pair him to the best pick and roll instigator, then you would think a coach that is known for his pick and roll offense would get that tandem more opportunities. I mean that is why LA brought him in...right?
This isn't about lack of 4th quarter touches...its about the tempo. D'Antoni has greenlit us being a perimeter oriented team, even without establishing the post. When things go in, everybody thinks the Lakers will leapfrog to the 6th seed...but when things aren't dropping, we resort to Kobe ball to dig us out (and when that doesn't work, the coach ridicules that type of play).
Its not hard to see that D'Antoni's offense is what is causing this vicious cycle. First of all you need legitimate jumpshooters to be a perimeter oriented team. Secondly, a perimeter offense doesn't win titles. People always point to Dallas and their hot shooting 2 years ago, but didn't they have Tyson Chandler, JKidd and the Matrix on that team? Wasn't that team led by Carlisle who's a defensive coach?
Finally, its true that Dwight is limited, but you need reps and exposure to get better and with D'Antoni at the helm, this guy is not going to get real gametime exposure in developing a post presence.
Develop good habits. They may lead to terrible results at first, but eventually it gets better and you go from there. This season is lost...so start developing Howard cause he will the future. But with this coach, that just ain't going to happen.
I agree MDA and the coaching staff haven't done much to help Dwight get easier looks, but I don't agree on your point about P&R with Nash.
A couple of thoughts:
-Nash isn't as quick as he used to be, and he struggles against help on screens
-Nash's pick and roll style involves getting the ball to the screener quickly, a bit further from the basket than where Dwight would want it. Think about his P&R with Amare. He used to give him the ball 7-10 feet from the basket, and Amare could either shoot a little jumper, or weave his way to the rim and finish strong. Howard doesn't have the shooting touch or the coordination/dribbling ability to make either play.
-Howard, unless finding a clear path and getting lobs, used to play pick and roll in order to get great position on the block and score with his back to the basket. That's when he was fully healthy and he was doing better offensively. Since he's been with us his offensive game has suffered from inactivity (losing rythm and looking rusty) and obviously from not being fully healthy
-We don't have the spacing either guy was used to work with. Nash had a team full of reliable shooters in Phoenix, Dwight's orlando team was very similar. That made the pick and roll much more unguardable because other than the 2 defenders directly involved, there was little pressure since other defenders had to worry about the 3pt shooters killing them.
In contrast, we aren't close to that. Our shooters are inconsistent, and the D actually prefers that they get the ball instead of us going with our original play. They play off MWP, they play off Pau, they play off Clark.. Jamison, Meeks and Blake have all been streaky.
Of course there are ways to improve upon it, but considering our current state in terms of what I mentioned, I couldn't really blame MDA and the staff that much for our P&R not working as we'd originally expected