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Lonzo Ball discussion thread

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Re: Lonzo Ball discussion thread 

Post#121 » by Ice Man » Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:52 pm

bearadonisdna wrote:If you don’t think he is a capable of hitting a midrange elbow jumper your probably wrong .


He can't during his 5th NBA season.

He is a good shooter so that midrange stuff will become give me’s.


And Jimmy Butler is an 85% free throw shooter who works incessantly on his game and yet he still can't make 3s. No matter how much they practice, most NBA players have gaps in the their games. Odds are Lonzo will never become a good midrange shooter.
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Re: Lonzo Ball discussion thread 

Post#122 » by sco » Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:45 pm

IMO, Lonzo needs to be coached to keep himself out of the paint with the intent to drive/shoot. It is a natural thing to do when open, but until he can reliable shoot there, it's a bad place for him to go.

That said, he really has been great.
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Re: Lonzo Ball discussion thread 

Post#123 » by MrSparkle » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:40 pm

A modified hook or scoop shot out of the post on small mismatches is IMO a tangible goal. Obviously it'd get stuffed on a double team or help defense, but the very fact that it may draw a defender for him to work his passing magic would be a boon.
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Re: Lonzo Ball discussion thread 

Post#124 » by GoBlue72391 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:21 pm

sco wrote:IMO, Lonzo needs to be coached to keep himself out of the paint with the intent to drive/shoot. It is a natural thing to do when open, but until he can reliable shoot there, it's a bad place for him to go.

That said, he really has been great.

You can't just tell him to stay out of the paint. Even if he's a poor finisher, he's still creating offensive rebound opportunities for his teammates and creating drive and kick situations when he does drive. You don't want to take an already limited player and make him even more limited.

His halfcourt playmaking is already negated to a large extent because the defense knows he's not a scoring threat, so making the paint off-limits to him would just compound that. He's a truly terrible finisher, even on lightly contested layups, but I'd still rather have some dribble penetration from him than none at all. We'll just have to deal with all the point-blank misses and hope they start dropping,

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