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Old 11-01-2022, 12:47 PM   #321
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Chad gives a little more info on the state of the team on the most recent BCJ podcast. More based on his talks with those close to the team than his own observations. His comments on each phase are essentially.

- Offense: (Much?) Better than last year, a lot more options.

- Defense: Worse than last year, but slowly improving. Hopefully will get to at least average.

- Rebounding: The area we are worst at, especially defensive rebounding. Good rebounding is about mindset (wanting the ball) as much as physical attributes and we don't currently seem to have it. We need a Gary Clark/Tre Scott type who fights for every rebound, but we don't have one.

- An average defense that doesn't rebound well and gives up a lot of second chance opportunities is not a winning formula.

My take from his comment: The thing that differentiates our guys (especially at the 4/5) and earns them minutes may be rebounding. If we can't develop that 4/5, guards/wings who rebound well will probably get the nod all other things being close to equal. That favors Phinisee, Newman and (possibly) Reed/Skillings getting more minutes than anticipated.


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Old 11-04-2022, 04:40 PM   #322
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First Wes Miller radio show of the season. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcas...=1000585022114

Some notes:

- Phinisee: will have an impact as a veteran and defender.

- Kalu: brings a lot on offense, but has struggled at both defense and rebounding. Wes thinks he has the size/athleticism to get there, but he hasn't been challenged by previous coaches.

- Nolley: Great on offense, struggled on defense early but has been steadily improving.

- Skillings: does some things that make you say wow, but also struggles on defense.

- We have multiple guys who can create and finish on offense.

- Offensive rebounding needs to pick up.

- We are huge on the wing, but Kalu and Ody are undersized and Vik is not a banger.
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Old 11-07-2022, 12:46 PM   #323
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Chad gives a little more info on the state of the team on the most recent BCJ podcast. More based on his talks with those close to the team than his own observations. His comments on each phase are essentially.

- Offense: (Much?) Better than last year, a lot more options.

- Defense: Worse than last year, but slowly improving. Hopefully will get to at least average.

- Rebounding: The area we are worst at, especially defensive rebounding. Good rebounding is about mindset (wanting the ball) as much as physical attributes and we don't currently seem to have it. We need a Gary Clark/Tre Scott type who fights for every rebound, but we don't have one.

- An average defense that doesn't rebound well and gives up a lot of second chance opportunities is not a winning formula.

My take from his comment: The thing that differentiates our guys (especially at the 4/5) and earns them minutes may be rebounding. If we can't develop that 4/5, guards/wings who rebound well will probably get the nod all other things being close to equal. That favors Phinisee, Newman and (possibly) Reed/Skillings getting more minutes than anticipated.
What I find hard to fathom is rebounding not being better than last year. Both Vik and Ody were better than Ado and Koval. Plus we add a little bit of length with Nolley over Newman. Not much else has changed.

Defensively I see the problems. Less rim protection. Nolley in for Newman. I suppose Rob is an upgrade over Mike/MAW.
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Old 11-07-2022, 04:40 PM   #324
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What I find hard to fathom is rebounding not being better than last year. Both Vik and Ody were better than Ado and Koval. Plus we add a little bit of length with Nolley over Newman. Not much else has changed.

Defensively I see the problems. Less rim protection. Nolley in for Newman. I suppose Rob is an upgrade over Mike/MAW.
Nolley and Kalu are both guys who's numbers rebounding wise are quite a bit worse than you'd expect given their size/athleticism. Kalu doesn't move particularly well, so that could play into it. But I think overall it's simply lack of effort/will to get every ball. We'll see if Wes can get it out of them, it's hard to take a guy who hasn't fought for every rebound over the last 4 years and suddenly turn him into that sort of guy.

Phinisee and Newman are the only guards/wings we have who are prover above average rebounders at their position. If DDJ, Nolley, Davenport and Kalu are below average rebounders at their positions (historically, they all are) that's a lot to make up for. Even if Ody/Vik do well, we need good rebounding at multiple positions.

I know I've said it already, but I don't think DDJ, Nolley, Davenport and Kalu can be on the floor at the same time. I don't care who the 5th guy is, you can't have 4 guys who are weak at defense (and potentially rebounding) and expect to be competitive against good teams. I know those 4 are the sexy picks to start, but if they are all who 3/4 years worth of stats say they are, somebody (Kalu most likely) is going to end up spending the majority of their time on the bench. Scoring points only helps so much when you can't get stops and can't rebound.

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Old 11-07-2022, 07:59 PM   #325
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Ezikpe has good rebounding numbers. OReb rate of 11 and DReb rate of 21 for his career. Whether that translates to a higher level competition is a legitimate question, but the stats are fine. Nolley's numbers are about average for a wing, but not great for a 3.
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