I started to watch the game after someone posted that it was on justintv, for which I’m quite appreciative. Then work got in the way, then I had to leave at the 4 minute mark, when it was tied. But I did see something very positive. Jeff Brooks on two close possessions played with his back to the basket, received the ball, once spinning left and hitting a bank shot, once right and shooting and hitting straight in. He had his legs spread in receiving the ball, so he blocked his cover from running around him and stealing the ball. If he continues this, we will improve, but it’s got to be something like 65/25/10
65% - playing with his back to the basket
25% - at the arc, ready to put the ball on the floor and drive
10% - shooting treys.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t been doing this mix, but he’s great playing with his back to the basket. Think about him: long legs to block out potential steal, good height, great ups and long arms, all advantages for playing inside(please don’t tell me those longs arms help him shooting 3’s. It’s baloney. Let the shorter guys shoot 3’). In addition, if he played this way, and was a force inside, teams would be forced to cover him with someone big, which when he’s at the arc, will allow him to beat them off the dribble, causing problems there. This is the way Jeff can help the team best. We do not need him nor DJ shooting 3’s. Cornley hit 13 last year. That’s enough.