You guys are in for some reading. Correct me if I’m wrong though because I haven’t been able to see a lot of these guys gameplay.
First of all, we all know, is defense. Everyone needs to work on their D. They have to start closing out shots, putting pressure on the team’s main offensive weapons, and have the will to keep that effort up. Hopefully with the inclusion of all our young talent, everyone will be more motivated and energized to do this
Secondly, the Warriors have to work on their chemistry. Nellie is responsible for this. He needs to make sure he puts the right line-ups together and make sure that he can keep true to his word and give the newcomers more PT. I really hope that we have a successful training camp, and that we come out looking like a team that knows how to play with each other.
As for individual critiques, I’ll just talk about the rooks and the sophs.
His D is pretty solid as long as he puts in the effort. But especially since he will be the backup 2/3, I’m pretty sure that he will be putting in that extra effort to retain his minutes because Randolph will be right on his heels.
Areas in his D that he needs to improve:
Working the passing lanes for steals
Off-ball defense and not losing his man off of screens
Closing out shooters and chasing screens.
His offense is also pretty well established. He needs to start finishing stronger at the rim though. I would like to see him getting more aggressive and attacking the rim with those huge arms of his. Really though, he needs to start throwing down some Tomahawk dunks. His 3’s are decent, but could use some work. Not specifically a priority with Al, Jackson, and Bellinelli, but couldn’t hurt. I would like to see him get a better set jumper though. He can shoot off the dribble, but has a hard time hitting a mid-range jumper, from what I’ve seen.
Most of all I would like to see him develop his handles and passing skills. It would be good for him and add another facet to his game, with him being able to take slower 3’s off the dribble, or at least making the 2’s keep up with him and trying to finish on the inside.
Of course his D. Needs to respond quicker, faster lateral movement, better awareness, needs to keep track of man, especially on loose boards. D is a real factor for his PT though. He really has to prove himself in this regard. Could make up for his shortcomings by getting more steals or boards. Unlike the other people on the team, it’s not the effort that he is lacking; it’s the actual ability to keep up with his counterparts.
On the other end of the court, he needs much better shot selection. He won’t be able to pull those off-balance shots against actual NBA player’s who actually play D.If he doesn’t fix that, his FG% is going to go way down. What I saw in summer league I like though. He drove hard to the basket a lot and went to the line, which is always good. What I would like to see coming out of that though, is I want him to drive and look for a second option more instead of trying to shoot or get the foul. If people want to compare him to Ginobilli, he should try to play more like him. Penetrate and then if he can’t find his shot, either pass it out or dribble back out.
In my opinion, I can possibly see him playing the point at some time. He has handles, good passing as demonstrated a little during SL, and can work off of a lot of pick and rolls. If he does end up handling the ball more, he needs to work on his court vision. Hence the drive and kick.
Not exactly sure what to say because I haven’t seen much of him. I like his rebound numbers and his blocks though. Seems like he’s at a good weight, but I’m just worried if he is going to be able to keep running up and down with us. Like I said, haven’t seen much of him.
Can he finish in the paint? Or is he mainly a rebounding and defensive machine? If he could put up around 5-6 PPG with limited PT and shots, then I think he’s steady there. From his numbers though, he needs to work no his FTs, they look bad at around 50%.
So much to say about this guy. Main thing I’m concerned about is his personality. From different articles, they say that he is very confident and wants to “prove the doubters wrong.” Seems like a strong personality, but at the same time he is only 19 years old. Will he get punked hard in the NBA? If so, how will he react? Hopefully he’ll pick up some of Jackson’s attitude and not follow Wright’s lack of aggression (nothing against Wright). At the same time though, with all the praise that he has been getting, I really hope he does not get a big ego. His ego will surely stunt his development and he may start relying on his natural abilities. If that happens he may just get stuck playing at a mediocre level and his potential will be wasted.
His D could use a lot of work, mainly because he will be guarding bigger people. He will get pushed around and killed in the paint. He needs to start working on denying the ball altogether from getting down to the post. If he can bulk up, that’s perfect, but from the looks of it, that doesn’t seem like something that will happen anytime soon. What I think he needs to do is work a lot of drills on deny the post pass. Just keeping his hands up should be good. I hope his rebounds will stay consistent and that he will be able to get position or height over the larger players.
His offensive is just naturally gifted. He has been only playing the game of basketball for 6 years! And already he is able to score almost at will. He does take a good amount of bad shots and ones that seem very out of control (especially when driving). He just needs to get more experience and up his basketball IQ. This may be a problem in Nellie’s system, especially when most shots are considered good. His driving ability is good because he can take many people off the dribble and then either drive or shoot a jumper. He just needs to know when to do what and when to give up the ball.
I said before that he is a low risk/high reward player when we got him. He just needs to get into shape and then I’d be somewhat happy. I like the fact that he is a past first PG and especially being a back up to Kidd you have to have learned something or at least picked up a few pointers. Although I am worried about his work ethic. It sometimes seems as if he has just conceded to being a back up PG for his career. If Nellie puts him up front for a while though, things may change. If he really wants it, which we will have to see, then he has the opportunity to excel in the Warriors form of play.
Not sure about his D. Seems like he is a little lazy on that aspect. Doesn’t seem like he’ll be able to get many steals to offset his lack of D. I just really hope he can get into good enough condition just to stay with his man, mainly because he is not needed for scoring. If he can start crashing boards too, that would be better. I’d rather see him become more of a Kidd than the frequently compared Deron Williams.
No need for offense other than a stable 3 point shot or mid to long range jumper.
If he can be a Kidd in the making, he would be perfect.
Man I hope this guy has a break out year. Him and Belinelli need to make sure to step up and establish their spots in the rotation. In my eyes though, Wright needs to work a good amount of things before he can break out as the PF we need. First of course he needs to bulk up, needs to practice a little bit more on his footwork, and work harder on the D end. He’s a decent scorer and off rebounder, but we need him more on D to help change people’s shots especially when they get into the lane. I can see him as a Marcus Camby in the future.
I like his shot blocking ability, but he needs to work on his timing. Also, he needs to be more fierce when putting on pressure. He’s too much of a nice guy to be our bruiser, so instead I just want him to be more of a weak-side defender, coming in and helping pick up players that get into the lane. If he can just stay big in the lane that would help a lot. He may get dunked on a lot, but hey, it’s good for the kid’s experience.
On offense, he’s alright. Could use some more post moves, maybe even a baby hook or a small fade away banker. I’m not sure if he hands to do that though. It seems like he can, but I dunno.
As for him, I’m not sure if we really need him anymore. A scoring PG that can pass and dribble is good, but if Monta and Williams develop enough, I could see us letting him walk away in 2009.
Well that’s it! Damn that was long. Anyways let me know what you think. I’m not sure about a couple of points but they’re just based on what I had seen.