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Where do we start?

OK, obviously there are many flaws with this Kings team, and there is only so much GP can do; however, I'm curious as to what everyone thinks is the biggest problem, and how we should go about fixing it.

Personally, I feel the lack of a post game is the number one issue. Sure, we are terrible on defense, and we don't rebound, and we turn the ball over at an alarming clip, but I think the lack of a post game is the biggest issue. Furthermore, I believe a consistent scoring threat down low would help the team improve in several defensive areas as well as help with the turnover issue, and here is why:

If we had someone that could score down low, our offense would dramatically improve. As it stands, we often don't even bother throwing the ball into the post. Our offense, as far as I can tell, consists of our perimeter players passing back and forth and eventually a big man runs out near the 3 point line to set a screen. If this doesn't free up the player with the ball for an open jumpshot  or enable him to drive, the offensive possession is doomed to end in a forced jumpshot or a desperate drive into the teeth of the defense. The byproduct of this type of offense is an increase in turnovers and numerous long rebounds that turn into fast break points for the opposing team.

This would change dramatically if we had someone that could actually score consistently down low. First, the offensive possession would start by throwing the ball into the post instead of always trying to free a perimeter player. If the player proved he could score consistently, it would force the opposing squad to double team him. This, with a pass or two, would result in wide open jumpers (no sceens needed) or an easy drive past a rotating defender running at the shooter. This is how our offense worked with Vlade in the post, and it was a thing of beauty.

The net result would be scoring in close if the defense didn't double or quality shots or drives from the outside if they did. It would cut down on badshots and turnovers that are the result of shot clock desperation. It would also result in our defense being set as a shot in close rarely turns into a fastbreak opportunity.

Would a post up scorer fix all of our ills? No, but we would dramatically improve in a short period of time. This is also the reason I feel we miss Ron-Ron so much. Not necessarily because of what he brought as a on-ball defender, but the fact that he had the ability to post up almost any small forward in the league, and this result in a much different offensive dynamic. Sure he pounded the ball and at times forced things, but he also demanded a double team. As much as I love Kevin Martin's game, he is much better when he can play off another teammate.

Love to hear what everyone else thinks.

 

 

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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