Wait, has the “NBA on TNT” show really sparked a conversation related to basketball? Oh cool!
Tuesday night's panel of Adam Lefko, Shakeel O'Neill, Candace Parker and Dwayne Wade discussed the challenges of playing the role of defense in the modern NBA, especially when teams have to account for skilled big men who at a high clip Can sync 3-pointers. It all started with O'Neill praising Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, who posted 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebellions in a 128–97 victory over the Bucks.
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“The MVP candidate is playing like a true big man,” said Oviol. “He has the ability to get out, and he does it, but that's not all he does. You saw a fad, went in with a spin move, kept his people involved. Let me tell you about Big Bella Nothing bad was found. At all. “
Parker and Wade then elaborate on how difficult it is to cover Zod and Jamal Murray in a pick-and-roll scenario, the defenders arguing with Wade can't be “lazy” on the switch and point to the screen. But aggressively the ball handler should attack. This led to O'Neill asking why NBA teams switch so often.
Leave it to Parker to break it.
Parker: NBA now switches.
Parker: Because not everyone can shoot shoots.
O'Neil: Whatever happened to the man?
Parker: Because you're trying to get your man back, and they're gonna hit a three, just like Jokic did.
O'Neill: Whatever happened to the pre-rotation?
Parker: They then spin the ball around, and someone gets a 3-pointer.
Wade: If you've got four to five 3-point shooters on the court, you're not going to move around in enough time.
It is fair to say that NBA teams may sometimes rely more on switching than maintaining contact with primary assignments. Look no further than Mason Plumley's fumble in the 2020 Western Conference Finals.
O'Neill said O'Neill is not interested in understanding how the game has evolved since their playing days, with even Parker and Wade eliminating the problems of “manning up”. A man like Jock has the size to score in the paint, but he is shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc this season. This puts frontcourt players in a brutal position, and switching is often the best option. It's not as simple as O'Neill wants it to be, especially when the ball handler is also a sniper.
As noted by Nekias Duncan of BasketballNews.comThe spotting of offenses in 2006 when O'Neill and Wade won the NBA championship compared to the 2020-21 season is surprising. See where the players have stood on this pick and roll since about 15 years ago.
Now fast forward to present day hoops. She is A lot of Ground to cover
O'Neill continued to push for his strategy, but Parker gave the facts in his favor. Parker told him calmly that pre-rotation would open up corner 3-pointers for teams with multiple shooters, adding that the Nuggets went 11 of 30 in the deep against the Bucks (36.7 percent), which was their normal standards (38% Percent) was below season).
Yes, let's just bang Gayle. case dismissed.