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Efficiency #1

Russ, 

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. 

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Thoughts

Russ,

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. 

Noah 

 It's a little blurry because I enlarged it.  But you made this shot. If you look your fingers are spread and there's pretty much equal distance between all fingers.  

It's a little blurry because I enlarged it.  But you made this shot. If you look your fingers are spread and there's pretty much equal distance between all fingers.  

 Here the fingers are close together on a miss shot. 

Here the fingers are close together on a miss shot. 

 Here you can see Nash's fingers even spaced

Here you can see Nash's fingers even spaced

 Here are MJ fingers...you can see the finger width.  

Here are MJ fingers...you can see the finger width.  

Tuesday, July 10

Tuesday, July 10

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Catch and Shoot 3's

Russ, 

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.  

Noah 

 

 

Monday, July 9

Monday, July 9

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Wednesday, July 4

Wednesday, July 4

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Tuesday, July 3

Tuesday, July 3

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Monday, July 2

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