How many of you like our offense? Well if you do then you won't want to continue reading but if you don't then read on!
Our current offense seems to about creating space to get off jumpshots. Has any team that shot jumpshots ever won an NBA Championship? I doubt. We all know its about getting as many easy shots as possible, 'Points in the paint'. Piant points win Championships! Just because we have a few players that can score in the paint does not make us a good team at scoring in the paint. Its about a team philosophy, a system designed to get everybody scoring at the rim. Can our players become accustomed to look to drive the ball instead of settling for the jumpshot? Way the hell not. This jumpshooting system that we are playing is clearly not working. We don't shot a high FG% and we have to work much harder to score than we make our opponents do. Its not like our defense is good, cause its barely average.
I don't know if its possible to get him but I'd like to have Rick Adelman coach us next season. Mainly cause I believe that a free flowing high post offense suits us best. Adelman's Kings had 2 bigs that could pass the ball in Webber and Divac. While Oden and Aldridge would need to improve their passing a little, it could still work. Webber didn't come into the league as a great passer of the ball, he learnt to do it under Rick. Oden and LMA could as well. Its not like our posistioning has to change alot since LaMarcus spends a lot of time around the free throw line anyway. Aldridge's passing has improved a lot this season and this would allow a ton of space for Roy, Bayless, Rudy and Batum to drive to the basket more. Oden's FT% is quite decent so I don't know why he doesn't take a bit more 10-14 ft jumpers to keep the defense honest. It wouldn't surprise me if thats what he will be working on in the summer. The High Post offense will negate the need for playmaking PGs and helps the team to move the ball more than we currently do. It also requires that players run more to get open either for shots at the rim or open perimeter shots. It should also be succesfull against zone defenses. I can picture Bayless bringing the ball up the court and looking for Oden in the low post and LMA around the free throw line. Jerryd will likely find it a challenge feeding the big guy all the time so he passes to LMA. LaMarcus has the whole court in front of him and waits for Roy to come from behind him to cut to the basket. LMA pumpfakes him man and creates a passing lane to get the ball to Roy cutting to the hoop.2pts! Its time we stop lambasting him for not scoring inside more and allow him to play his game. In time Oden will be able to pass as well and LMA can play from the low post and take turns.
While I don't expect the players will be able to change into this system in one training camp, I do want to see this high post offense played at least 30% of the time. Its doable but probably not under Nate.
I know our chances at getting Adelman to coach us next season is slim to none but either way, this is the offense I'd like to see implemented for 2010-2011.