Re: after all the synthetic outrage, the clippers' biggest problem remains
posted at 5/4/2014 2:16 PM EDT
In response to Gasthoerer's comment:
Guess you are one of this "it was all better in the past guys". Karl Malone is one of the Top 5 Power Forwards of all time. It is not a shame to be worse than him. And there have been bad shooters (or other flaws) in the league since forever (maybe you just can't remember the average players which fools your memory). This has nothing to do with the rookie contracts of today. Names? Starting from Shaq and going back until the immortal Bill Russell.
By the way: Both, Griffin (D, Shooting w/ Using the glass, Passing) and Jordan (D, Rebounds, BB IQ) have improved their game a lot this year. But aren't you in the "we hate Doc Group" and can't admit this anyway. Maybe they will improve further, and become closer to Karl Malone. Maybe not. The latter is not a shame as, like mentioned before, only Tim Duncan, Barkley and Dirk came to this level.
i'm not necessarily a guy who thinks it was all better in the past. but it's pretty close to undeniable that the 3 to 4 year college athlete is more refined and better fundamentals than what comes out in the draft these days, eh?
i know it's not "bad" to be worse than karl malone but flake has all the physical gifts he did. in my opinion malone did not even have a stellar post up game- he was decent but could have been a lot better. flake has almost nothing in that regard.
deandre's numbers skyrocketed this year because his minutes went up by 33% or more- finally got 35 minutes a game rather than 23. given those minutes, his rebounding per minute DID go up dramatically, but he remains a dunk or clunk type of player on offense- pretty one dimensional. in fact, rebounding is the only PER MINUTE stat that jordan tangibly increased this last year- the rest of his stat line shows decay or static- FGA, FTA, points, blocks per 36 minutes played are all either lower or not better than his best year(s) in the league. most astounding of all was points per 36 minutes dropped from 13.0 last year to 10.7 this year. how could this happen with a guy with such physical gifts?!
my point is pretty obvious (i think)- this guy could shoot over anyone due to his leaping and long arms- he need not be just a dunk show, to my eyes he's obviously more coordinated than just being a dunker. he shoots outside of 1 foot, literally, maybe 10% of the time. he's leaving lots of scoring opportunity on the table with the lack of skill set. i mean we all saw what a clod perkins was but even he worked himself up a little bit of a post game and at his best could hit a short set shot and some very mechanical hook shots to mix things up. and perk had almost none of the athleticism that jordan does
jordan will need that more rounded skill set to be great because he will come up against a big who can body him out and then what will he contribute on offense? surely not much with 42.8% free throws- another aspect of his game that is "doin hard work" to get better that hasn't happened. he's 5 or 6 years in and still no offense outside of a dunk or flip put back.
and blake is just the opposite- he's got nothing on the inside other than a running dunk- a "good year" stats wise with under 10 rebounds per game and now he's shooting some 3's and not well either. for the playoffs black is snagging just 6.X rebounds per game in 35 minutes. i know jordan's getting a bunch but......... 6.3 is a little soft for blake's physical attributes and 6-10 height.