NYKAL wrote: Cookies4Life wrote:
Phish Tank wrote:He and KP like to force up shots to get in rhythm. That’s not how he will break out of this slump. He needs to get in the paint more frequently and shoot in rhythm off plays
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He honestly doesn't look like he's changed much since his first go around with the team. The only difference is he's putting up more shot attempts now than he did during his rookie campaign (where he was a chucker in the highest regard.)
I just don't understand how someone as streaky as Hardaway continues to rely on his jumper to get him out of his shooting slumps. He's actually a very good slasher with pretty good ability around the rim. At least attempt to draw some contact and get to the free throw line.
It's basic basketball 101- if your shot isn't falling down, go inside and try to get some easy buckets. It's good to see he has ridiculously high confidence in his shooting ability- not even hesitating on attempted game winners when he shoots bad all game- but he needs to mix up his offense a bit and make things easier for himself.
Well in the past (1st stint) when his shot wasn't falling he didn't provide anything else of value. His game has expanded, his passing and court vision have improved (though not significantly but, noticeably) and he's hitting the boards too.
His passing has improved marginally and as far as rebounding goes, he did attempt to be aggressive with defensive rebounds in his first stint here- I even remember a time when he was yelling at Melo for a blown rebound.
I don't think anyone wanted him here at that ridiculous deal. I think the timeline of Melo's deal was the reason this team even entertained the idea of obtaining hardaway- I can't imagine they would've signed him if we already had McDermott and Kanter over here. That would've solidified this team at the 2 and 3 with Lee and McD.
I thought his claim to fame was supposed to be his improved defense. He had his moments earlier in the year with his defensive intensity but it's since waned for I'd say about the last 2 months. He barely gives any effort on that end.
I've read people mention him as a potential 3rd option; I can't see that possible at this stage in his career. I also don't expect him to improve in any facet of his game really. He's shooting 40% from the field, 30% from 3, has become a turnstile on defense and is making an exorbitant amount of money for a guy who should probably be relegated to a 6th man role.