uptempo wrote:Shooting guard/small forwards have all thrived under Don Nelson (Pressey, Pierce, Bridgeman, M. Johnson, Richmond, Spree, Mullin, Finley). Šarūnas Marčiulionis also had a good career playing for Nelson. Look for Richardson and Air France to thrive under Nelson.
I think it's a safe bet that Richardson will shine under Nelson.
uptempo wrote:Centers and low block players were never Nelson's cup of tea. He had Patrick Ewing jacking up three point shots and got his tired ass fired from the Knicks because of his misuse of Ewing on the perimeter. Look for POB, Biedrens, and Foyle playing at the top of the arc and shooting threes.
I beg to differ. During the 95-96 season that Nelson coached NY part of the year, Ewing played 76 games and shot 28 threes. That's roughly 1 every 3 games. I wouldn't call that "jacking up three point shots". I'd hazzard a guess that most of thoses buzzer beaters.
uptempo wrote:Power forwards have not done well under Nelson unless they play on the perimeter like Dirk in Dallas. Terry Cummings, just because of his sheer will to dominate, was given an opportunity to establish some low block presence under Nelson. Look for Murphy to never play in the paint on offense. Hopefully Ike can get some more playing time, but will also be counted upon to play on the perimeter.
I beg to differ with this, also. As, primarily, a Mavs fan, I saw Nelson coach to his player's strengths. If a player has a low post game, Nelson takes advantage of it. If a player is weak in the post, he seldom plays there.
I saw Nelson play guards in the post against other guards. His reasoning was that most guards played in the post in high school but weren't good at the defending the post. He used Greg Buckner quite a bit like that.
uptempo wrote:Point guards like Hardaway, Avery Johnson, Hubert Davis, and Nash all thrived under Nelson. Baron should get the green light to play a lot of two man stuff with both Richardson and Murphy. Look for the isolation play and the high pick and roll ending with the 20 foot jump shot being a big part of the Warrior offense.
uptempo wrote:Foyle loses big time with this hire, as does Biedrens. Guys who play defense will not be given much opportunity on this team.
This is not necessarily true. Nelson tries to figure out what each player brings to the table and then puts them in position to succeed. The key is, the player has to be able to play and not turn the ball over. Nelson hates turnovers.
uptempo wrote:Hopefully the team can play an uptempo game and win. It may not be too much of a stretch to see this team blow up in Nelson's face like the Knick team did.
What some people forget is Nelson was 34-25 when he was let go by NY. Would you be satisfied with a .576 win %? If that's a "blow up" I think I'd take it.
uptempo wrote:Assistant coaches seem to thrive under Nelson (Popovich, Johnson, Karl, Shuler, Dunleavy, Harris, Lanier). Maybe Ellie will get the mentoring and be moved up to head coach within a couple of years.