K-DOT wrote: dakomish23 wrote:
K-DOT wrote:He's in that weird space for me where he's too good to use the traditional "role player" term, but he's not a star, either
You put him on a team as the first option, he's not gonna put up nearly the same numbers. Just doesn't have the play style for it
But there isn't a team out there that wouldn't take him, he's a perfect fit for anyone.
I think he’d put even larger numbers. His skillset is scalable based on need. When KD was there, he’s able to slide down to the 3rd spot. But the second KD went down, he’s able to ratchet it up.
A good sign of whether a guy is an offensive stud is if he can maintain efficiency with increased opportunity. He’s able to do that.
I’m not confusing him with the elite offensive guys, but I do think he can be on that second tier pretty easily.
Id love for him to get that opportunity on a team.
His skillset is based on guys creating for him in a motion offense, and you can't say he maintains efficiency with increased opportunity because he's never been a first option, or had to create for an offense
He can't create shots for himself is the problem
Reggie's Pacers were based on a similar playstyle, but they were just good, not great teams, and now in a league where superteams are abundant, it'd be even harder to build an offense around him that gets you places
He's a good player, but he's not a guy you build around
Before KD injury 14.8 FGA
After KD injury 20 FGA
That’s a 33% bump in FGA and his efficiency stayed up.
20 FGA is a large number and is definitely first option territory. To put it into perspective, only four guys took more FGA per game during the regular season.
Others don’t create shots for him anywhere near as much as he is non stop moving without the ball and guys hit him when he gets open. He is in constant movement like many of the great shooters we’ve seen IE Allen Miller (though they could do stuff off the dribble too).
He can’t create off the dribble too well so it’s not like you can give him the ball and get out of the way. Def a weakness.
Can he be the top guy on a contender? No way.
Playoff team? I think so, especially with his defensive impact.