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Re: analysis: does Kg take too many jump shots for a player his size?
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2013, 09:43:28 PM »

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Absolutely not.  He's one of the best shooting bigs in the league, and one of the best shooting bigs all time.  That's like asking, "does Dirk take too many jump shots for a player his size?"

Let's be honest, KG is not an elite post player anymore.  He doesn't have a vast array of down low moves.  He was effective in the post due to his great speed/athleticsm and shooting touch.

He no longer has that athleticsm advantage, thus why he's become an exclusive turn-around jump shooter.

The fact of the matter is KG can make 8-12 foot contested turnarounds at the same rate he makes 18+ foot open jump shots.  Him playing outside doesn't make him any less efficient.

All it does is space the floor for his teammates, as opposed to them standing around and watching while he posts up.
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Re: analysis: does Kg take too many jump shots for a player his size?
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2013, 11:03:50 PM »

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Let's get one thing clear with the exception of the sweeping hook shot KG has every post move in the book (the basic hook, up and under, fadeaway(his favorite), dropstep, etc) to go with an excellent finishing touch.

Exhibit:A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VQVYrtnYzs

Sure he's lost a lot of quickness and explosiveness, but he has the moves if the match up allows.

I believe, KG has become more of a jump shooter in recent years to preserve his legs. To play in the post you have to establish and maintain position(extremely draining), back down your opponent, and then free up the shot with fakes. Add his slight build and height(center of gravity) to the equation and playing in the post is a tiring chore. When KG was in his 20's he could probably battle with the giants all day but now he has to pace himself to stay effective through games (5-5-5 plan). The jump shooting helps save his legs and it doesn't hurt that he's really good at it.

Last year in the second half of the season he made a concerted effort to play more down low and it paid off. A more balanced offense, higher percentage shots and more free throws. Unfortunately for us he eventually ran out of gas and you could see the difference late in games.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jySxo9fDZHY

Of course we all wish he'd play in the paint more, but I think we all understand why he doesn't.

Re: analysis: does Kg take too many jump shots for a player his size?
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2013, 11:08:55 PM »

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KG is who he is.  In an ideal world, he'd be a lethal post player.  However, that's not his game.  I saw a Kevin McHale interview once where he described KG as a 2-guard offensively, with his passing and perimeter play.  That's about right.


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Re: analysis: does Kg take too many jump shots for a player his size?
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2013, 11:14:58 PM »

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Slightly silly, since size doesn't determine where you shoot from.

Durant and Love are seven-footers who shoot threes
On the other hand JJ Hickson, Kenneth Faried are inches shorter and only post up
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