Judging from the ability of the coaches and our current talent…I see certain units working better than others.
Shumpert, Walker, Melo, Harrelson, Chandler…works well
Douglas, Fields, Balkman, Amare, Jefferies/Chandler/Harrelson…works well
Any combination with Stat, Mello and Fields playing together doesn’t seem to work well under coach D’Ant... My best guess why is because they aren’t working any plays, they think passing the rock around until someone is open is enough… but this creates chucking and confusion. It will never form any cohesion because there is no planning or certainty in such a game plan. It will be hard to recognize the tendencies of your teammates when everyone is basically running around freely.
Stat is a scorer, boarder line role player. I say role player simply because he needs a point guard to set him up. Knowing this, and realizing that he needs to develop a post game puts him in the overrated section, his hefty price tag ensures this. As of now…he’s not really earning that fat check.
The only way I can see these 3 playing together is by designing specific plays for them. Back doors/simple pick and rolls…plays that require slick rotations putting our best players in their sweet spots. You don’t really see this. I saw D’Ant go to his small chalk board once this year and that was at the end of the Washington game. It was a simple playground call for Amare to set up a high screen for Melo to shoot a wide open 3 ball. Smh.
Melo playing the point forward is ok…but to a stint, it shouldn’t be used as much as they’re using it now. This is a sign of forcing a game plan to work. Adjustments need to be made. When you have to use your big men to play the little guys positions (dribbling, 3pt’s) and use your little guys to play big men positions (rebounding) there is clearly something wrong in the coaching philosophy.
Amare should always be near or around the paint (actually weaving in and out of it) along with Chandler. He should not be anywhere near the parameter or trying to dribble into the paint. His shot selection should only come with him making 1 or 2 dribble moves in the post…and no more. I always say “WTF” when I see him near the 3 line contemplating shooting it or putting it on the floor….which often results in turnovers because of his pricy, yet weak dribbling skillz. His size and talent clearly illustrates where he’s supposed to be.
Fields is the type of player that needs his own space to shine. I think he plays well with Stat but has problems adjusting to Melo’s ISO game. When playing with Stat he shines and contributes a bit more. With Mello…he seems a bit confuse on what to do, he struggles deciding where and when to give space on the floor for Melo’s Iso. He’s become more of a rebounder when playing with Melo.
Douglas is the spark off the bench, it’s better for him to observe what’s happening before he actually participates. He’s an undersized player and his strengths come from being a relentless pest on tired ball handlers. He developed some range (most small players do) and that helps spread the floor for Stat…who should be our dominant post player. Putting the weight of criticism on TD while we have Stat, Melo and superstar D’Ant isn’t really fair. I think TD has done a lot of improving thus far… but you can only expect so much from this undersized guard.
Shumpert is still adjusting to the game, better than most thought he would…considering he’s still playing injured. His thrive to be a starter will only advance his obvious talents. The young and strong combo guard is playing like he has a chip on his shoulder. I think he is trying to solidify one of the starting guard spots as his own. D’Ant shouldn’t have him shooting so much thou.
Coach has the offensive talent at his deposal. It’ll serve him well if he slowed the game down and let the offense work itself out though control movement. If we saved our energy for the Defensive part of the game…we would have a winning record and be the talk of the East, again.