[quote="JakkL, post:13, topic:1765"]I don't think he believes that he can finish. It's not just on the break. He pulls up his drives at 10 foot then looks around for someone to pass to. Whatever happened to the pullup J that he worked on with Joe Crispin? My wife walked by the tv while I was watching the Ill game and saw him do it and she asked my why he stopped his drive and didn't even shoot.[/quote]
I just don’t think he has a scorers mentality. I agree with Skeeza that he NEEDS to force the issue when he’s got 1 guy to beat…I don’t think there is a guard in the conference that can match his quickness or elevation. Plus, as you mentioned, he can knock down foul shots.
Jakkl, I think he’s used that pull up elbow jumper a lot lately. Contrary to what Craftsy spews, Tim is a bad shooter and there isn’t a whole of reason to think he’s secretly a good shooter. His form isn’t good and it just looks awkward leaving his hand. It’s like he bends his upperbody into a pretzel and then flicks it out. I’m still glad he’s taking the elbow jumper because I think it will go in once in a while which is good and it will make people guard him. I really like his floater though, I wish he’d do that more often. He missed it against Illinois but it looked pretty. Nice soft shot and no awkwardess about it.
I’m not bashing Tim either (just his jumpshot). But if he plays with the same energy the rest of the season as he did against the Illini, he’ll be fine. I loved watching him work hard on D…he’s let too many guys go by him to warrant not scoring anything. I hope he keeps it up!
I’m becoming convinced you don’t even watch the games. His foul shot is silky-smooth looking, one of the softest on the team. His mid-range shot isn’t that far off from that form. It’s his spot-up shot that always looks ugly, for whatever reason. Completely changes his form on it and almost looks to be pushing the ball.
Let too many guys go by him? He’s been our best defender all season long, and that’s playing mostly ON THE BALL which is so tough at this level. Just because you finally took a closer look at the stats doesn’t mean he hasn’t been killing it on defense all year long.
On top of that, he’s up to 65th in the country right now in that assist rate number I speak of. He’s a huge part of our offense because of what doesn’t show up on the stat sheet - meaning, Talor gets to play off the ball. Anytime Tim sits Talor has to dribble the ball for at least 20 seconds of any given possession. I’m not sure what our +/- numbers look like with him sitting vs him playing, but if nothing else it’s wearing our best player down and keeping our best passer and defender on the bench.
Does THAT warrant him not getting many points this year? I’d say yes. But I guess when all you take the time to ever focus on is PPG you probably wouldn’t come to that conclusion.