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Sacramento Kings and the Pick and Roll

First of all, I'd like to start off saying that I have only very recently discovered this site, and I apologize if something similar has already been posted or if it is common knowledge. Second, I have no numbers or facts of any kind to back up this post, simply my personal observations of the team. Now that I have lowered your expectations appropriately, we can begin.

I am sure that anyone that has watched the Kings recently is well aware of their offensive woes. Their ball movement is terrible, their shooting is horrific, and there seems to be a lack of chemistry with the players. Obviously, this cannot be blamed on any one aspect of the Kings offense, but I think that the biggest reason is that they can't run the most basic play in any offense, the pick and roll. There may be times when our guard simply drives into the paint, or manages to draw two defenders and kick it to our big outside, but that is the extent of the Kings prowess on the pick and roll. As you can see, they are missing they most important part of this play, which is to deliver the ball to the big man on the roll leading to an easy basket. The question is, why?

I'll first look at the guards running the offense, Tyreke, Marcus, Jimmer, and Isaiah. I think we can safely eliminate Marcus as the player we want to run the pick and roll, as he should be off the ball in a shooting position. Jimmer also falls into this category, as his handle and passing skills aren't yet strong enough, and he very often puts himself into difficult situations when he runs the pick and roll, leading to a turnover or a bad shot. Isaiah, while he has shown himself to be an effective passer and penetrator, ( and apparently Mr. Fourth Quarter) is still a rookie, and isn't quite up to the task of running an efficient pick and roll. This leaves Tyreke. He has the tools to necessary for the pick and roll, with his ability to penetrate to the basket at will and strong ballhandling. So why isn't he?

Simply put, Tyreke just doesn't know how. He allows his defender to run under the screen, and doesn't force the big man to hedge. As I said before, he either goes all the way to the basket himself, or passes it to one of our bigs for a jumper. While this can work at times, the elite, or even average, defenses in this league can rotate to keep Tyreke out of the paint and contest the jumper. The solution? I have no idea. But many people bemoan the lack of a jumper,( not directing this at anyone in particular) I think he could be a monster if he learns to run the pick and roll, and a jumper isn't necessary. Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook were excellent on the pick and roll even before they developed their shooting strokes.The Kings certainly have the bigs to run it. Demarcus, JT, and JJ, can all finish in the paint. Of course, some of the blame falls on them as well, as JT is the only on that consistently sets good screens and rolls to the basket afterward.

So I'll leave it you. Any ideas on how to fix this? And this is my first time, so please be gentle.

(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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