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Beasley, Durant the draft and getting better

     A coach once said you pass the ball because it can move faster than any player can.  You dribble the ball and almost any player can move faster than you.  Many people here have noticed in the Johnny Flynn era that we dribbled too much.  Was that part of the problem with Beasley too?  consider this, you might expect a taller power forward who handles the ball a lot and who scores a lot to commit more turnovers than the shorter (usually quicker person who he is guarding and who gets the ball less) a good example of this is Kevin Durant.  Kevin Durant (this is from 82 games) committed 3.5 turnovers while creating only 2.1 but he held his opponent to .483 EFG quite a bit lower than his own.  

     Now look at Beasley he is shorter, shot a little less than Durant but lost the TO battle 4.1 to 1.5 (this is .6 more per 40 minutes for Beasely and .6 less for his opponent a swing of 1.2 turnovers per 40 minutes) Now is the problem injury or over dribbling or bad dribbling?.  I think he is working out with Nixon the former all star point guard to improve his dribbling.  Fine, but we have Rubio now so how about moving more without the ball and avoid double teams and more catch and shoot and some lobs (I love those lobs right under the basket don't you?) Oh and tighter D also.  This would make Bease more like KD.

     If Beasley does this I see Williams already doing this better than last years Beasely and really improving the team but we no longer have Corey Brewer and I see Lazar having a tough time getting playing time.  

     There is a misconception among sports writers that we  were strong at small forward and weak at center last year.  It is almost the opposite.  Consider, Last year the combined output at center compared to opponents was 3.7 more points .2 more blocks and .2 higher PER but .8 less rebounds and 2.5 pct lower EFG. That is about a draw.  An improved Randolph and the 2nd half Pek (he figured out how to  get his shot) and we have a small win there.

     By contrast at SF we were -5.6 PER -7.3 shooting (efg%) and -2.6 scoring and -.5 in turnovers.  Williams will do much better than this (and if Michael figures it out with the point guards so will he) plus Web may be healthy and he was very good in the defensive and turnover areas and against the smaller quicker high scoring SF last year and should get some minutes.

    Finally, A comment about Malcolm.  He's as good a shooter as Burks but not as prolific. Plus, he has the best lateral movement and can guard even point guards "with ease."  So I see that he could help Rubio and Ridnour out with his 6'10 wingspan on PG"s like Rose and Westbrook.  OK thats it for now.

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