Young Moosehead wrote:sidsid wrote:I think people are confusing his set of skills for IQ.
Fred's BBall IQ is fine. He's solid and knows what to do and where to be on the floor.
Fred's issue is that he's a combo guard with a bias towards scoring who is being asked to be more of pure pg in our offense.
The guy would look off Kawhi and call his own number. He doesn't have Lowry's vision for passing so that's why he ends up getting blocked at the rim more often.
It's why most would like to see him put into more of an off ball role where he isn't leaning into his liabilities as much.
That's not an IQ problem. More of a role definition problem on our team.
True, its why he worked so well with Delon Wright. They could switch their roles. FVV could handle the shooting responsibility of the 2 and cover the 1 on D. Delon could distribute at the 1, then use his size to switch to the 2 on D.
If we are going to lay out the big money for Fred we need a rich man's Delon as his back court mate. I think that is what they spent so much time trying to develop McCaw.
I don't think it's Delon, who is also a combo guard, but the bench mob system that was the key. FVV is playing next to a great point guard now in Lowry, and we still ran into issues against playoff defenses.
Again, role definition is what's key. In the bench mob, FVV was an initiator that had a set number of reads he could make out of a constantly in motion offense. He wasn't making the decisions on the fly, the system was the pg in that scenario. The system drew the defensive attention. Some of the best ball we ever saw.
In this year's offense, FVV is the co-primary initiator for the vast majority of the game. He makes the reads and decisions, and he draws a lot of the defensive attention. With his size and skill limitations, that means your going to be mediocre to bad inside the arc against elite playoff teams with size.
If FVV is an engine on your team, your going to be mediocre. If FVV is a cog on your team who can exploit his full toolset (likely requires a couple superstars on your team), he can be a great asset. We just may never have the team to make that happen.