jpatrick wrote:Obviously shooting is the swing skill for Culver. His form wasn’t great last year with a slow release; and let’s not forget the disaster he was on the free thrown line. However, I had forgotten That in the last 30 games or so, he had shot 37-38% from three. Not on huge volume, but it’s definitely progress.
He had some improved looking moments later in the season because he was finally getting development minutes strictly off bench roles in more games with more limited assigned tasks. It was wiser. Occasionally they still gave him too much on the plate and the results would drop again. I'm not going to accept a final stretch of 30 games was better at many things, or overstating his stats. He shot 45% FG and 36.1% 3FG over his final 30 games. Yes that was still an improvement outside the FT%.
It was a classic need to slow roll it for the rookie and limit what they were asking him to do yet. Why they couldn't have kept the 16-18 minute games his number all season I just can't fathom. Probably somehow team PR calling the shots demanding more court time and even Starts for the new pick.