http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/3978/demar-derozan Hes been in the 50 ranges for all of April and ended March at 49-50% shooting months before that he was maintaining the high 40 avg 44-47% DeMar is playing better ball. Gotta respect the kid.
He still needs to slash more
The fun factor is most important. If they start hating each other and not getting along... playing the blame game... This team is screwed.
even if the lakers were much higher in the standings, i can't imagine watching more of their games and seeing a bunch of miserable old dudes looking like they don't even know each other.
Last edited by iblastoff; Mon Apr 15th, 2013 at 11:22 AM.
Although... the one thing about Demar's game that seems heavily underrated is how much he gets to the line. As many terrible shots as he takes and non-fouls on drives, hoopdata has him as 14th best in the league in FTA/FGA, among swingmen playing 25mpg+. He's still taking way too many long twos though; he actually leads swingmen playing 25mpg+ in shots from 16-23ft. How ridiculous is that. Imagine he went to the basket more.
all i have in my head right now is amir johnson becoming the corner 3 sharpshooter. this would be the most hilarious twist for next year.
Did you know that the very best in the league at long twos shoot right around 50%? This season, Bosh is shooting 52%, Chris Paul is shooting 51%, Nash is shooting 50% and Nowitzki is shooting 49%. Did you know that if you were an elite, elite long two shooter like these four (and shot, say, 50.5%), that's the points-per-possession equivalent of 1.01 ppp? That would be a good shot for only the ten worst offensive teams in the NBA.
Even if you were an elite, elite shooter from 16-23 feet, you are basically hurting your team every time you shoot it as anything but a last resort. That's how bad that shot is. There is a reason elite defences are okay with conceding that shot.
Last edited by TRX; Mon Apr 15th, 2013 at 12:29 PM.
In general I would prefer the long two as a "oh shit our offense broke down and we only have four seconds to get a shot up". Even then my preference is for a mildly contested 3 pointer as Amir and JV are better with tapping out the long rebounds.
Anyways, I do agree that Gay/Derozan as a wing duo would have major potential. If they play and work off each other like they did against Brooklyn - One is the first option, attracts the defense, the other sneaks behind the "aggro", and starts contributing himself - than this would be a very hard team to stop.
I will say, one needs to sit in the low block - preferably Derozan (because Gay is a better perimeter shooter career wise) - and Gay works off of it on the strong side. My opinion though.
Derozan needs to continue to slash first, mid-ranged second, and improve the handle. Gay needs to get healthier, improve the shot selection, and get some legs under him. Also needs to get stronger and tighten up the handle (initially already good ball-handler, just very loose when handling).
I don't know, I think Demar and lots of Raps who have been here over the last 3-4 years suffered from Triano's presence. Triano didn't develop any of their (Bargnani, Demar, Ed, Amir...) skills very well. He did help a bit with Bargs' and Demar's offense, but not much else. In 2 seasons of Casey, those same guys have developed much better all-around. As much as I hate on Casey for his in-game management and rotations, I do believe behind the scenes he knows how to improve young players. Some guys both have had:
-Amir is a far better all-around player now, and basically only his J improved a bit with Triano.
-Ed made huge improvements clearly doing what the coaches asked him to in the summer, but is the hardest to blame Triano for with his injury one summer and lockout the next.
-THis is the first year Demar has made noticeable (even if statistically small) improvements in non-scoring areas.
-JV made huge strides even within the season...Which was partly why I was mystified by his handling at times, especially after the injury. He had clearly spent the whole time getting ready and listening to everything the coaches were saying.
He just needs to learn to have a bit more trust in his young guys in games, even if he doesn't want to play them in crunch time.
*I never really had anythign against Triano, but now that I think of it, his time in Toronto was a complete failure.
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