Landsberger wrote:So... after a rough start he seems to be rounding into shape. Still only 23 minutes a game but his shooting % are ahead of last year across the board. Per 36, which is not that great of a stat, is showing he's off to his best start... at least in that stat.
Where I'd like to see him concentrate is on taking more 2 pointers than 3 pointers. Unlike a lot of "stretch" 4's he shoots very well inside the arc. This year he's clipping along at nearly 60% inside the arc. Last year he was at 55%. If he gets back to the 30 minute area he should track at or over his 18 points from last year. For those who view the entire NBA through the 3 pointer, he's shooting at about 50% over the last 4 from that distance... so I'd say this very small sample is showing he's getting comfortable there as well.
I still say his defense is improved and especially so in the scheme. Not sure we had scheme previously but that's for another thread.
Between Davis and LeBron, (and McGee and Howard, and slashing Caruso and Kcp) we have all the inside the arch scoring we need... Granted, on the second unit, we need just general scoring, but I feel like we need Kuzma to be deadly from behind the arch first and and a cutter or pick and pop guy second.
He has a role to fill and sometimes that's not going to be what's best for him personally... And therein lies the biggest question with Kuz... CAN he be what this team needs from him. So far it's looking positive.
I also think the more his 3pt shot falls, the better his inside game will become, just because the floor will be more open and he'll be more confident.
I'd personally still like to see him working on D as a secondary focus to 3pt shooting... He's still got some big holes in that side of his game. He always looks like he's about to get twisted up on man D, but it's better.