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Pelton: Thoughts On Hickson, Babbitt, Flynn

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Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus graced the city of Portland with his presence on Sunday night and decided to offer up some thoughts on the three Trail Blazers getting more run down the stretch: J.J. Hickson, Luke Babbitt and Jonny Flynn. ---------------------------- The result is that Hickson is getting much better shot opportunities than he did in Sacramento, or even last year in Cleveland. According to mySynergySports.com, nearly 20 percent of Hickson's shots with the Blazers have come off pick-and-rolls, with just 4.9 percent as the result of spot-up situations. The latter number is down from 13.2 percent with the Kings and 14.8 percent in 2010-11. It's even lower than his mark from his successful 2009-10 season with the Cavaliers (10.7 percent). Hickson is one of the league's worst midrange shooters, so cutting those attempts out of his game and focusing instead on getting to the rim has made him far more efficient. ... Such may be the case with Babbitt, who has been on fire for the last week. Dating back to March 25, he's made 12 of his last 18 attempts from beyond the arc and is now shooting 52.5 percent on threes for the season, a number that is sure to cause SCHOENE to burst into flames when it tries to project Babbitt this summer. ... Portland is in little danger of being overtaken by "Flynnsanity" any time soon, but Flynn has looked like a competent backup point guard, which is a step up from his disappointing, injury-plagued 2010-11 campaign. ----------------------------
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