There's a lot wrong with an ISO-oriented, inefficient midrange game that forces too many contested shots.
One thing I absolutely agree with is that these trends are too often considered in a vacuum, out of context (as many stats are, in general). Analytics might tell a story, but you have to ensure that any particular story suits the strengths of the personnel on your roster, within the context of how your team is defended. There is an opportunity cost associated with every shot; yes, shot A might be a 'good' shot analytically, but is it still a 'good' shot when it's being taken by a player who doesn't necessarily excel at that type of shot, against a defense trying to prevent that type of shot, when a potentially better shot could readily be available?
As trends for offense proliferate around the league, so to does the defensive trend designed to stop that offensive trend. It really shouldn't be a surprise that early adopters find the most success, or that new ideas emerge once a trend becomes too trendy.
A PF with a good midrange game also draws defenders away from the basket, opening up the most efficient scoring area. A SG taking midrange jumpers doesn't have the same effect.
Also, Aldridge is hardly trailblazing here. Bosh has been doing the same thing for MIA the past 3 years, and they've gotten 2 championships out of it. Yes, they also had LBJ, but Bosh's stretch 4/5 game is VERY key to their success.
Here's the original article
And the subsequent RR thread
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Heck, Chris Paul was at his best when he was operating with David West as his stretch 4 pop guy.
Watching James Harden the last 2 games in the Blazers-Rockets series has really made me appreciate DeMar more aesthetically. Yes DeMar takes a lot of mid range shots but there are possessions when Harden literally just holds the ball on the wing for 5 seconds without dribbling before doing anything. And even then he'll probably take an awful step back shot or flail for free throws.
Plus DeMar has one of the prettiest jump shots in the NBA (probably since it looks like Kobe's).
This won't swing the debate one way or the other but was anyone else taking it for granted that DeMar would make those free throws at the end of the game even though they were game changing free throws in the last minute of his second playoff game ever and one of only a few, if that, broadcast across the U.S.? That speaks to some talent.
Playing in these games, against guys like Pierce and Garnett is unlike anything you'll get out of practicing in the off-season.Then there are the Toronto Raptors, who won a franchise-record 48 games and are learning very quickly what it takes to be successful in April. The first round matchup with the veteran-heavy Nets may be daunting, but it's the best thing that could have happened to them. If they find a way to win, it will accelerate their learning curve. Even if they lose in six or seven games, the experience will be invaluable.