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A case for Victor Claver

I´ve recently seen several comments from players and coaches praising Claver for different reasons, but I think they haven´t talked about the main thing, which is his screening ability.

Both in basketball and chess offensive games, good screens allows you to prepare your attack while making tough for the defense to be able to react properly. Both in basketball and chess defensive strategies, good screens allow you to make tough for the opponent to attack your position. Both in chess and basketball spacing is of the uppermost importance. I´m bringing it because "spacing" has been the Blazers motto this season.

Against New Jersey we could see Claver constantly setting screens for the small guys, providing them with space to drive and get open. In defense he could switch on smaller guys and follow them to the perimeter, then get back screening them in their way to the rim when they tried to attack him off the dribble. He could also defend bigs in the low post with his size, denying them low post position using his strong lower body and using his wingspan to make them difficult to get the ball down low (which can be called also "screening" somehow).

If Claver shows enough ability to defend both small and big guys, the Blazers can switch in defense on ocasion, which is a pretty good advantage when it can be done whithout paying the price of creating a mismatch. And he can spend energy and fouls defending hard. We know LA uses to save energy for the offense and to avoid fouls in order to stay on the court.

If Claver could show enough ability to shoot the three, postup and roll to the basket, his screens wouldn´t just provide space for our guards. That could take Claver´s offensive game to a complete new level of dangerousness. Of course that remains in the unrealized potential department so far, but I can imagine though that it may come with more playing time, which Stotts could give to Claver as long as he helps his team meanwhile.

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via estaticos.marca.com

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