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Looking at Synergy: How to Best Use Our Players

I just recently signed up for Synergy Sports. I am very happy with the investment (only 30$, i've spent 30 bucks on much worse than this). I looked up most of the players I am interested in, to see how they rate defensively, and etc. I noticed many of our players have specific strengths and weaknesses on offense and defense.

PG: Stephen Curry

Offense:

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It appears Curry's strengths on offense are spotting up (ranked 2nd in the entire league in this category), and playing the pick and roll. He is weak in transition but I am expecting this to improve with some experience. I think we should make an effort to run some plays off screens for Curry because he is such a great shooter, we need to take advantage of it-as much as we can.

Defense:

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Curry's defense last year was pretty good according to Synergy. He doesn't get beat in isolations, he holds his own on the pick and rolls, and surprisingly doesn't get pushed around in the post. He's great at forcing turnovers, but Curry must cut down on the fouls. They are alarmingly high for a guard.

Charlie Bell

Offense:

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Charlie Bell is a limited offensive player. He can't do much other than spot up for a J. He's a good jumpshooter, so there is some hope he can fill a niche on offense and simply hit the 3. In the corners, Bell hit over 40% on his 3 in a 100 shot sample. The year before he hit around 43% in the corners in a 110 shot sample. I think it is fair to say Bell is a good shooter in the corner. Bell's defensive contributions can be very positive (I'll get to that in a moment), so if he can just stand in the corner and shoot 3's he could be a very effective player for our team.

Defense:

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Bell is a good defensive player. He can guard players in the isolation very well, and he can fight through screens well. He has problems with post up defense, but that's expected with someone of his frame (around 6'3). He would be our best defensive option on the perimeter unless Dorell Wright makes some nice improvements.

SG: Monta Ellis

Offense:

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Monta struggled on offense this year, it's been argued at ad-naseum. We know he didn't do too well overall. He isn't an effective option in the isolation, and that was his main role this year. It would be best if he moved back to an off-ball role, where he still played well in this season. He is at his best in transition, coming off screens, spotting up, cutting, and receiving handoffs. He excelled posting up on offense last season. He averaged 1.08 PPP in that situation last year, good for 14th in the league. My suggestion to Don Nelson is to have Monta post up more, crash the boards, and cut off ball for his main source of offense outside of the obvious transition game. I can't stress this enough: Do not put him in the isolation!

Defense:

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Monta struggles defensively. He doesn't stop penetration overall. His only value as a defender is a knack for deflections and steals. He needs to take advantage of this skill as much as possible considering his inability to stop his man otherwise.

Reggie Williams

Offense:

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Reggie Williams is an excellent offensive player. Repeat again with me. Reggie Williams is an excellent offensive player. He can score in the iso half court situations (Iso's i hope coaches stop using so frequently), He plays well in the pick and roll, he can shoot, and can score in multiple ways. I hope we let him do some damage and limit Monta's time.

Defense:

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Reggie Williams has not played defense well in his NBA career so far. He couldn't stop isolation penetration or any other type of offense outside of the pick and roll. I'm not worried. He has good quickness, great length, played out of position, and was a rookie. This isn't too alarming with these factors and the small sample size.

SF: Dorell Wright

Offense:

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Dorell Wright brings numerous attributes to our team that we haven't had in a long time. A solid 2 way player, who doesn't demand the ball, and is a quiet guy. On offense, it appears he can't create for himself yet at this point in time. However he fits our team needs on offense very well. He spots up well, and often. We need that with various ball dominant players in our starting lineup. He crashes the boards Lebron-like and gets alot of chump change down there. He cuts off ball very well, and seeing Curry's willingness to pass the ball, i'm sure the two will work well together. As a running team, it is nice to see us have one of the best in the league at finishing in transition.

Defense:

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Dorell's defensive performance last year was disapointing. He has the length, athleticism, and drive to be a very good defender. He didn't put it all together last season, as he was manipulated in the Isolations. However, he is only 24, and given his impressive skills, i see a major improvement coming soon. Also, he could be a very good small ball 4. His post up defense is very good for a small forward.

Rodney Carney

Offense:

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Our newest Warrior is a limited offensive player. He's limited to being a standstill shooter, and running the break on offense. Not bad as your 4th wing.

Defense:

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The positive about the Carney signing is he can play some good individual defense. His overall numbers aren't good, but when you take out the team defense portion (spot up, which is looking to be pretty flukey), his isolation and pick and roll defense are very nice. We may have just acquired another solid defensive player to add to the perimeter. I'm happy with the signing.

PF: David Lee

Offense:

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Lee's a very good offensive player. Versatile in his scoring ways, can pass great for a big, and crashs the boards well. Probably the best power forward in the league at running the pick and roll. We should run the pick and roll as much as we can with Lee. It'll help Curry as it plays to his strengths and it'll benefit the team.

Defense:

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Lee has a reputation as a horrible defender. I can't say this is true when he plays his more natural position, but playing center was not the right fit on defense for him. He can guard the isolations well, but he can't play tough post up defense against guys much taller and bigger than him. After watching some clips, he definitely puts effort in on defense, and with a better fit alongside Biedrins i think Lee will play more like an average defender, rather than a poor one.

C: Andris Biedrins

Offense:

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Biedrins had a rough year. He was injured, and never really felt confident on the court. These number's don't honestly mean much either way but I thought i'd post them for your own discretion.

Defense:

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Not much to see here. Athletic defender, doesn't get beat in isolations or on the pick and roll. Average post up defense. Meh, he was hurt.

 


Overall, this is a group of players with an interesting mix of strengths and weaknesses offensively and defensively. If Don Nelson remains coach, i'd hope he'd use these players pretty creatively and to their strengths, as his reputation is of a creative offensive wizard! Lets hope these players gel together, and dammit I just want this season to start already!

 

Note: Players who weren't in NBA or did not play last year were not included. Did not have information on these players.

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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