Sactowndog wrote: SacKingZZZ wrote:
You do know they were already the 3rd best team in 3 point shooting percentage??? Your point makes no sense.
It doesn’t matter how well they shoot if Fox or Willie never kicks the ball out to open shooters. Fox is his own cause of lack of space. He has a poor outside shot and when he drove he rarely kicked the ball out. Defenses were free to collapse without penalty. People try to compare Fox to John Wall but Wall had double the assists of Fox his rookie year.
Fox had a terrible offensive rating last year and his inability to get in the lane and find open 3 point shooters was partly why.
I assumed all the posters here were all on board with what all the numbers meant last year. This article is something you should read if you haven't already. It explains all that needs to be explained. I'm talking in attempts as well and we've talked about this ad nauseam. Them being 27th in the league in attempts nullifies any and all positives gained from them being a great 3 point shooting team percentage wise. It's points directly back to usage when you get to the end of this line. Wall also wasn't seeing this much horn play with two bigs and a window the width of his shoulders to get through on most drives. https://www.sactownroyalty.com/2018/5/23/17366276/sacramento-kings-dave-joerger-offense
The article doesn’t dispute my point.
The Kings had above average 3 point shooters. Yes Willie and ZBo did a poor job of finding perimeter shooters. It’s one reason why I think Giles and Beli get way more minutes. However, Fox was equally bad. He rarely got into the lane and passed to open 3 point shooters.
Bogdan shot while Fox was on the floor.
Left corner 3: 75%
Right corner 3: 50%
Above the break: 40.3%
But only has .5 more attempts when Fox was on the floor. I’m tired of excuses for Fox’s crap point guard play. He was 100th in offensive rating for rookies. He needs to get the ball to open shooters and stop forcing shots against a sagging defense.
Your point is that Fox doesn't or won't kick out to open 3 point shooters and the fact that they ran as much double post, horn, and paint clogging play does dispute that to some degree because obviously that's not what they were looking for out of their offense. Unless you think that Fox was the cause of the Kings mid range and slow paced insistence? To quote the article, "Sacramento simply played slowly, no matter who was in or out of the game." They were no differences with Zbo in or out. That points directly to style of play and a quick hitting pick and roll game would obviously suit someone like Fox's game far more than having him run off screens in the mid range or space for others.
Here is the biggest indicator of what was being done:
"Sacramento moved the ball through the elbow more than anyone else, hitting that spot 20.4 times per game, blowing second place Memphis out of the water (17.3), and almost doubling the league median, 13.3."
In a driving guard/drive and dish initiated offense that area of the floor should be clear. Every team runs Princeton or Triangle sets to a degree but as it says, that ball was going to Willie most of the time and the results varied. Fox may very well have been poor even under the best of circumstances but citing what he did last year, or was allowed to do, needs to be put into some context and that context dictates that they certainly didn't put him in an offense that made sense for him as a driver or the 3 point shooters on this team if that's how you were grading them.