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If all else fails, QPon shot 39% last year (and he was hurt a significant part of the season) and Conley is right around 40% when he gets a chance to shoot it too. Tay is career 37%. Leuer shot 37% his senior year in college from three, when he was 54/146. (He only attempted 126 total threes the other three years of college). I know this doesn't necessarily mean anything regarding Leuer, but an NBA basket is the same as a college basket, and while the 3PT line is not in the same place, this does suggest that Leuer can shoot, that he does have range and that he has good potential as an "internal improvement" candidate.
We already have teams packing the paint and daring the Grizzlies to shoot it. We only had 13.5 3PTA's per game, last by a significant margin. I honestly believe that increasing Conley's attempts from 3.7 to around 6 and QPon's attempts from 1 to around 6, adding 7.3 more 3PA's between the two of them per game, thus increasing the average from 13.5 and bottom of the pack to 20.8, which was Top 10 for last year could be a significant part of the solution to the shooting problem.
This would theoretically also increase our paltry 4.7 3PT made per game to 7.5, which would have been 11th for last year.
And, again, I'm not asserting some NBA 2K type of game plane where I'm suggesting that players step outside of their capability. Pondexter showed vs. the Spurs that he is able and willing to do this. Conley has shown it when not overly burdened with ball distribution (i.e. having to initiate the offense every time). And teams are giving us these opportunities; we just haven't been looking for them.
I agree that it would be very helpful from a psychological standpoint to have a shooter standing out on the perimeter, able to hit 7 threes vs. the Heat and have defenders trying to get under his shirt the rest of the season just based off of reputation. But if confidence is as big of a deal as most say it is, just giving the shooters that we have the green light to take wide open shots by itself isn't an awful plan B.
I think Budinger would be a killer addition. If the Grizzlies can buy low with him coming off of injury, that would be great. He can shoot and he has good athleticism, like a 38.5 vertical (for comparison, Jamaal Franklin has around 40). He was shooting 40% from three with Houston before the trade. He's a SF and his salary was < $950K last year. If we could snag him, that would be sweet.
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Excellent. I would just add that for one of the better offensive rebounding teams in the league, Wroten doesn't have to drive and finish every time to be effective. If he can get to the rim and either draw defenders and find the open man or just get the ball on the glass he has a really good chance to make a positive impact on the game. He may not have good finishing numbers, but some of those misses will essentially be assists because they are drawing defenders away from somebody who is going to clean up the glass.
I loved what I saw tonight. I am looking forward to seeing what Leuer brings after looking at some of his clips.
I'm trying to take it all in, but maybe I should just stop, detox for 48 hours and get ready to watch the Spurs game Wednesday.
I would ask why our guys have so much trouble hitting perimeter shots, but the more salient question is why our guys consistently pass up wide open shots for worse, defended, terrible shots when the open shots come early in the possession. Taking the first good, open shot IS the way to increase pace. With our defense (and bench), we have the capacity to keep shooting good shots until we start hitting them and still stay in the game, but our defense is not good enough to keep passing up good shots to force and miss crappy shots. It seems pretty much this simple to me, but I'm sure it's more complex than this, even though I can't see how.
The audible gives lots of clarity to the situation. Thanks. It wasn't in the manner in which Zach implies it towards Perk, but the Grizzlies kinda did do that to OKC in the basketball sense, huh? LOL!
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