youngcrev wrote:BullyKing wrote:Sixers2125 wrote:Did Ben improve at all from season 1 to season 2?
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Not demonstrably. But his efficiency and free throw rate were up. So perhaps not improvement in the way we want (shooting) but becoming more efficient at what he was already able to do.
His post game looked to be his biggest focus last year. He still wasn't efficient there, but far more than in his rookie year, and his possessions in the post went way up. I think they saw how Boston was able to take advantage of mismatches against them that way, and said if this kid isn't going to shoot, we at least have to make it so that you can't throw a guard on him.
I thought he was a lot better year one to year two, the difference was year one the roster was catered to him versus year two they asked him to fill a bunch of different roles, some of which didn’t always maximize his talents, for the good of the team.
Like I’m sure if they did the surround him with shooters thing again this year he could have led the league in assists and gotten a bunch more points with spacing and handling the ball more, but then we would have run into that sort of stuff not working as well in the playoffs.
Him working on playing off ball, offensive rebounding, screening, posting up and still averaging about the same numbers wouldn’t have been possible without a real improvement in his game.