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Post#461 » by bwgood77 » Tue Jan 5, 2021 1:16 pm

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Yeah, and I still feel like thats not his game, not really in his arsenal. He can do it occasionally, but do not expect him to be a Booker/KD/PG - lite on offense. That is not him. And I'm fine with that. This kid has already carved out a lot more from his basketball career than people/experts were projecting. That's what you call overachieving, and is the best thing you can do for yourself in life - regardless of basketball too, but this is a basketball forum. :)
Just imagine for a second if all of our draftpicks would overachieve like Mikal or Book :D


I don't think that's what he does now, but I think it's because he is a high iq player and knows that 3 pt shots or cutting to the rim are a lot smarter plays than iso ing for a midrange two, which is simply not a good shot and what most teams try to cut out of their shots and games if possible.

But we've seen the ability, him practicing it against LeBron even and it's certainly in his arsenal. I think it's something he can pull out of his back pocket at any time if needed, but understands that's not a smart way to play, if you can help it...and you want as many open 3s and shots at the rim as possible, which is what we are mostly trying to do as a team concept.

I think that he is improving, but he does not have that in his arsenal yet. He has done it a few times here and there, but you can not say that he does it night in and night out.

We just saw it againts the Clippers. They did hard closeouts on Galloway, Cam, Crowder and Mikal because they knew that all of them struggle creating off the bounce. It worked for them this time, it was the key on their win.

It is not a secret that the best offensive players in the game are 3-level scorers, that way they are tough to stop for any type of defenses. That is the next step for Bridges and he needs to do it consistently. We would be even more dangerous as a team.


We've seen it's something we can do, but that's not what Monty wants, and Bridges knows that's not an efficient way to play. Bridges sticks with the system that we have been successful with and he likely knows what the high percentage shots are...shoot if open or trust to pass it to your teammate.

I know a lot of people love seeing guys play iso ball...perhaps it was the Kobe generation, or Melo,or Iverson, but it's just not an efficient way to play. Now,with flopping and the guys who have become great at drawing fouls like Harden and Doncic, or even Booker to an extent, you can make it more efficient. But even Booker, a great guy at creating off the dribble, averages around 46% from short to mid-long range...which equates to about a 32% shot from 3. Booker can finish 70% at the rim though, and hopefully at some point can be a good 3 pt shooter.

But back to Bridges. He is shooting 46% from 3 and 91.7% at the rim. Now the latter is certainly not sustainable, and probably the former, but it would be ridiculously dumb for him to start trying to create off the dribble.

Just because you can doesn't mean you should. This is not a smart shot, for anyone really. The elite players know this which is why everyone goes for the rim or 3s.

Now there may be situations you are absolutely forced to, at the end of a shot clock or game, with no one open, and no other options, but it's just not something people should be looking to do.
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Post#462 » by bwgood77 » Tue Jan 5, 2021 1:19 pm

Bogyo wrote:^^ You guys sum it up good. I guess we'll see the next 10 games or so, I'm sure most all of the teams will be more agressively attacking our shooters on closeouts. We'll see who has the best, and more importantly, consistent counter move from the Bridges/Cam/Galloway trio.


They've been pretty good at making the best move on a consistent closeout...passing it to the 3 pt shooter next to them....or sidestepping the guy closing out allowing him to run by, and launching a 3. Bridges has been good at attacking if in the corner and can take it to the rim. Stepping in to take a shorter shot can be ok if that's the best option. Going iso is probably the worst option..especially if still guarded.
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Post#464 » by sasquatchBob » Wed Jan 6, 2021 1:02 pm

I think Bridges is too lanky to ever become a great ball-handler but he can still be an excellent player without it so I'm not too worried.
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Post#466 » by oddity » Wed Jan 6, 2021 5:25 pm


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Post#467 » by bwgood77 » Wed Jan 6, 2021 6:15 pm

sasquatchBob wrote:I think Bridges is too lanky to ever become a great ball-handler but he can still be an excellent player without it so I'm not too worried.


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Post#468 » by sasquatchBob » Wed Jan 6, 2021 6:44 pm

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sasquatchBob wrote:I think Bridges is too lanky to ever become a great ball-handler but he can still be an excellent player without it so I'm not too worried.


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I know it's on Lebron but I don't think any of those are great examples of spectacular ball handling. It's just solid. The 2nd highlight looks the most impressive but he kind of just caught LeBron out of position. My favorite part about what he seems to have added this year is exactly like in that play - the under the basket lay-up. It's just a beauty to watch.

I think with his length he doesn't need to be particularly great at handling the ball anyway. He has advantage over most of the players with his quickness and long arms.

That being said, I still hope he ends up being an amazing ball handler. In that case he would be MVP material :D
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Post#469 » by oddity » Wed Jan 6, 2021 9:31 pm

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Post#470 » by King4Day » Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:38 pm

Saw this posted on Reddit. The night bridges was almost not a Sun



We can talk about the mistake of not taking Luka but, while not on the same level, Philly has to be having similar thoughts about not holding onto Mikal.
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Post#471 » by sunskerr » Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:44 pm

King4Day wrote:Saw this posted on Reddit. The night bridges was almost not a Sun



We can talk about the mistake of not taking Luka but, while not on the same level, Philly has to be having similar thoughts about not holding onto Mikal.


It's a different level of player though so the regret is on a different scale. Luka looks like an all time great so you want to cry yourself to sleep at night and never watch the Suns again, whilst Mikal hasn't hit all-star status yet. They obviously regret not having Mikal though, as he is perfect for their system with Embiid and is still improving the rest of his game to the point where being an all-star could be in his future.
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Post#472 » by King4Day » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:42 am

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King4Day wrote:Saw this posted on Reddit. The night bridges was almost not a Sun



We can talk about the mistake of not taking Luka but, while not on the same level, Philly has to be having similar thoughts about not holding onto Mikal.


It's a different level of player though so the regret is on a different scale. Luka looks like an all time great so you want to cry yourself to sleep at night and never watch the Suns again, whilst Mikal hasn't hit all-star status yet. They obviously regret not having Mikal though, as he is perfect for their system with Embiid and is still improving the rest of his game to the point where being an all-star could be in his future.


What gives me a bit of peace on the Luka front is that there was a rumor that we may have selected Bagley too, had we selected number 2.
THAT, I'd never be able to live down.
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Post#473 » by sunskerr » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:47 am

King4Day wrote:What gives me a bit of peace on the Luka front is that there was a rumor that we may have selected Bagley too, had we selected number 2.
THAT, I'd never be able to live down.


Yeah it's best to not think about the McDonough years anymore. Dude set us back 5-6 years already. Bagley would have set us back 10.
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Post#474 » by bwgood77 » Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:42 pm

King4Day wrote:
sunskerr wrote:
King4Day wrote:Saw this posted on Reddit. The night bridges was almost not a Sun



We can talk about the mistake of not taking Luka but, while not on the same level, Philly has to be having similar thoughts about not holding onto Mikal.


It's a different level of player though so the regret is on a different scale. Luka looks like an all time great so you want to cry yourself to sleep at night and never watch the Suns again, whilst Mikal hasn't hit all-star status yet. They obviously regret not having Mikal though, as he is perfect for their system with Embiid and is still improving the rest of his game to the point where being an all-star could be in his future.


What gives me a bit of peace on the Luka front is that there was a rumor that we may have selected Bagley too, had we selected number 2.
THAT, I'd never be able to live down.


Yeah, I'm almost certain we would have taken Bagley too, provided Ayton went 2. I wouldn't even be surprised if we went Bamba 3 if Ayton/Bagley went 1/2. McD said he didn't see Luka..he tried to blame Sarver but he obviously could have gone with him and Jones. He ALWAYS said he was going to draft a big, even before the lottery. There was also rumor that he had said he expected Doncic to be a Hedo Turkoglu type player.

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