Explain One Play: Steph Curry and Nemanja Bjelica burn Carmelo and LeBron with an old Klay Thompson play
The new guy is an actual stretch 5 (on offense)
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I wanted to focus on one of the new Warriors, Nemanja Bjelica. And I wanted to look at how the Warriors were using him in a particular set that I always call The Klay Play, because for a long time it was exclusively run with Klay at the end of quarters.
Bjelica's been shooting pretty well in the preseason. He does seem to hit open shots, which the part we were all hoping for. I've been surprised by his attacking closeouts and driving and kicking. That's pretty good for what looks like kind of a slow big guy. And he's also reading the floor really fast. He made good reads and good passes. I think he's really, really perfect for the Kerr system.
Co-starring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Andre Iguodala, Avery Bradley, plus Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James going through the preseason motions.
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Serious question: didn't AB tryout/workout with the lakers BEFORE he signed the training camp deal with the Ws? They could have offered him then, no?
Or I guess maybe they offered him a non guaranteed at the time and he tried to get a guaranteed one? Anyone know?
Dowtin and Chiozza make absolutely no sense, especially considering our roster's lack of bigs and legit 3 and D guys (I don't think we can trust Otto and Klay to stay healthy and Moody's just a rookie).
Mulder was obviously overplayed as the number 8 guy, but he's more than good enough to be the 15th guy or on a two-way contract. He's a medium volume 40 3PT%, 61 TS% guy. I struggle to see how Chiozza is more useful than that, let alone Dowtin. He would've been a nice addition to eat minutes considering we're going into a season with 3 rookies (including Wiseman) and injury-prone (Klay, OPJ, Loon) and old players (Iggy, Steph, Dray, Bjelica).