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How will Roy fit in the offense?


I didn't want to take up space in the weekend posts and thought this discussion could be more focused in its own thread. Basically, how do you see Brandon operating in the Wolves' offense?

In Portland, Roy was famously employed in countless iso sets under McMillan and he cringed when Andre Miller (of all players) wanted to push the rock. Brandon also has voiced his displeasure at not directing the offense in the halfcourt.

For Adelman, the 2 and 3 are ideally cutters who can make treys and handle and pass the ball. Actually, it works best if all fiver players can pass the ball and that is why he succeeded so well with C-Webb and Vlade and Miller in the 5 spot. Now, I have no concerns about Brandon being a sound passer, but I worry over him as a cutter. And as a career 35% 3-pt shooter you can't leave him to drift for open spots at the arc.

Brandon has never really played in an Adelman-type offense. However, Coach has also been flexible and will run what works best for what he's got- evidence the PnR parade that succeeded, for the most part, with Ricky. Then again, provided a fuller training camp and offseason contact I think he's going to want to more robustly implement the corner offense this coming season.

With the addition of Bud I'm eager to see the corner offense get MUCH more burn in the coming season. [As an aside, I see Batum being near-perfect in this offense, but that is an aside.]

So, do we see Coach allowing for more Roy-styled sets when he's on the court? What about the 4th quarter? Roy is (was) an upper-tier closer in the NBA and Kevin demonstrated last year that he can bring home W's as well. However, iso 4th quarter ball with Love drifting at the three-point line for a Roy kickout seems like a waste of Kevin-not to mention Ricky's game thrives on movement and reading and anticipation. Roy has the possibility of making the Wolves offense very staid.

But for my final 'however'...However, Coach Bayno is widely credited as being instrumental in landing us Brandon. He's no doofus and knows full well that RA's offense is vastly different than McMillan's. I wonder if he told Brandon that he'll need to play a bit differently for us.

Lastly, I think we can all agree that a Love-Roy PnR should be a pretty devastating 4th quarter go-to play.

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