Russ -- I read this, this morning, thought of you. Have a great day, Noah
Enthusiasm is not appropriate only when one has something to be joyful about. Neither is it controlled by circumstances. Living enthusiastically is an “inside” job. Enthusiasm comes from the Greek, entheos, meaning “having God within.” God is the source of enthusiasm for a believer. We call forth enthusiasm and meet life with endurance and confidence.
-- “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must but Don't You Quit!
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up through the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem the worst
That You Mustn't Quit! -- By Edgar A. Guest
Here's an edit of you 'catch and ripping' ...I use this term when you catch and quickly rip the hands and ball by your defender. Again not to beat a dead horse, but you're devastating when off the ball and you see the play before the catch and attack right away. Your mind is seeing plays before they happen which is allowing you to attack the defense (your man and the help) before they can get set.
Some of these situations happen on your SOB at the elbow where you do a great job of attacking right away.
One other thing to note is your pull-up jumper off the 1-2 step in a couple of these clips. Great base during the 'lift-off' and the 'landing'.
Keep up the great work!
Here's another edit of you playing off the ball and attacking right on the catch with the direction of the pass; 'Catch and Go'....This is an easy way for you to score off the ball and create open shots for others by attacking right on the catch before your defender and the rest of the defense can get set.
Typical situations are...slide-aways when passing to PG off pin-downs and when spaced off the ball and another player drives and draws your defender.
Keep up the great work,
Here's another edit of you playing off the ball and making a quick decision, 0-2 seconds, when you receive a pass. The clips mostly come from you playing in the slot anywhere from 4-8 feet off the 3pt line and when catching a pass immediately attacking downhill.
Some of the plays, as I mention in the video, look strategically setup for you to attack which is great. You're very comfortable with catching and dribbling with the left hand or catching and crossing right-to-left immediately, I think we should continue to build off these two attack moves!
Anyway, here's your edit I would call....
Efficiency #2: Slot Attacks // 0-2 Second plays
I've been going over your film with the starting point being what you had mentioned to me this spring on the phone....EFFICIENCY. I agree this should be the foundation of everything we do.
You mentioned...."Becoming more efficient, making the game more simple, not dribbling if you don't have to and moving the ball quicker," as things you'd like to focus on.
I'm on the same page with you, the game favors the team who gets more easier shots than their opponent and almost always that comes from quick ball movement, spacing, and deliberate body movement of all 5 guys on the floor. So for you to take the charge this summer as the leader of the Thunder and make that an initiative is awesome and will pay major dividends for you and your team!
As we can see in the chart below for you this past season, you are most efficient (like most players) when you make quick decisions with the ball: shoot, drive, pass. Your "Effective Field Goal" percentage is off the charts at 58.8% and almost 10% higher than when you have the ball for 2-6 seconds.
Of course you can't have the ball 0-2 seconds every play, thats not realistic. But if you look, only 3.6 shots per game out of 20 total shots per game fall in this range. So the focus would be to try and get more shots in this time frame, 0-2 seconds with the ball, which would drive efficiency through the roof. So right now if out of your 20 shots per game, 3.6, come from 0-2 seconds with the ball, the aim would be to try to increase that to 6-8 shots per game. And then the other 6-10 shots would come off more ball handling situations; PR, late clock, iso, transition, etc.
Hope things are well in OKC...Thinking on what we spoke about a couple practices ago with your hands on the ball and keeping consistent finger width on the shot. Here are a couple photos I had Pat take and then one of Steve Nash's fingers. Nothing to overthink but maybe something to tinker with when you practice.
Here's a quick edit on your 'catch and shoot' 3 attempts this past season. I charted 17/42 which is 40%...there were a handful of shots which were literally at the 1 second mark on the shot clock where you got caught with the ball I didn't chart.
Out of your 17 makes 13 of them you "1-2" stepped into your shot. Let's start to build a couple new habits.
1) Legs come together in the air. Try and maintain consistent leg width throughout the entire shot process.
2) Land and go backwards. Let's land and stand on balance, if anything falling forward.
You're in a great space and I know when you set your mind to something you will get it done.