Richaun Holmes excels in scoring inside the point through pick-and-rolls, dunks and offensive putbacks. However, back in the 2016-17 season when Holmes was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, he finished the season with an impressive three point clip of 35.1 percent on 1.4 attempts per game. In the season prior, he shot 18.2 percent on 0.9 attempts.
With that one season leap, you would assume the trajectory could and would rise but instead, it fell back to earth fast. In the following season, he dropped to a clip of 12.9 percent on 0.6 attempts a game and then when he arrived in Phoenix, the deep ball had completely been released from his shot selection. From a respectable threat beyond the arc two seasons ago to absolutely no attempts is an insane drop that we don’t have a transparent answer to.
With 30Q allowing us to ponder these questions further, if Holmes is able to pick up the pace on his shooting, the offensive enhancement would be tremendous.
A basic glance of Holmes’ shot chart from beyond the arc clearly indicates his success from the left side of the court. He was a combined 2-17 from deep from the right side but a much better 10-21 on the opposite side. Holmes proved to hit shots from areas right behind the top of the key at a great rate as well.
T.J. McConnell developed solid chemistry with Holmes throughout the season from shots outside the arc and inside of it, too. Holmes supplied 63 assists to McConnell and 12 of them came from three from trailers, extra passes and gaps in the defense.
McConnell and Dario Saric work on attacking the Warriors interior defense with some pick-and-roll action and Saric should’ve been open. But Draymond Green latches back onto Saric blocking that passing opportunity, so McConnell kicks it out in the gap to a wide open Holmes who buries the three.
The way McConnell pushes the ball into Charlotte’s defense and then kicks it out to the trailing Holmes for a three is very reminiscent to what the Kings did in certain times last season.
Whether it was off of a missed shot or an inbounds after a made one, De’Aaron Fox would propel to the other side of the court and force defenders to recover with little preparation. If he couldn’t split through a lane, he’d bring the ball out of the paint and kick it out for a three and often times it would be Nemanja Bjelica in that situation.
Bjelica was the only consistent threat from deep that the Kings had from their big men last year but they are getting a good one in Dewayne Dedmon and if Holmes added himself into the equation, the result would be phenomenal. If Holmes was to revive his shot, even if slowly, the Kings would have no trouble getting him open looks through trailers with the uptempo offensive system they run.
The 6’10” big man additionally found comfort in the left corner, where he shot 60 percent from in 2016-17. He would have no problem looking engaged in the corners and awaiting a pass to come his way.
The floor spacing Holmes could contribute would aid Fox’s ability to flourish when he’s surrounded by sufficient shooting and Marvin Bagley’s inside game can succeed with another big who can spread out. You could play lineups with Holmes at the 5 playing with Bjelica, Bagley or Giles at the 4 or Dedmon can enter at center and Holmes can slide down to the 4 with ease. If a small ball lineup is in place, Holmes would be a great option who can stand alone as the small ball big at center. There’s so many options.
Holmes will no doubt be a constant engine running everywhere while providing a reliable interior presence on both sides of the floor, but if he can find his range again, it would unlock his potential to a new level and increase the versatility of the team further than it currently stands.