Weakside Eyes: First Look

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Published: November 9, 2013
First Look

Here are a few basketball thoughts and observations after six games played by the Pelicans. I’m not going to get into numbers, just pure observations and thoughts I had while watching the team. It’s the way I would observe players at basketball camps.

Jrue Holiday: Nice quicks . . . good handle but at times keeps the ball too long . . . wasted dribbles . . . misses the open man . . . court vision on the break seems to have improved over the past three games, however. Streaky shooter . . . needs to probe more in” early offense”  to create advantage situations. P&R play still shaky. Can defend decently enough. As his comfort improves so will his play . . . still in the “Do I shoot or pass?” mode, which is normal for new players on a new team . . . Would like to see more of “attack the defense” and create. Get in the gym and legitimize the jumper!

Tyreke Evans: Doesn’t look comfortable to me. Also suffering from the “Do I pass or shoot?” new player fever . . . needs to finish at the rim off the dribble consistently or get to the line. Does he relish the 6th man role? Needs to change the game off the bench . . . attack and make things happen . . . obvious his new role is holding him back . . . the 6th man needs to “cook it up.” Another player who needs shooting sessions . . . jumper not pure . . . better suited in “broken play” situations where he can just play. Moody?

Eric Gordon: Is he now realizing he can be the natural scorer he is supposed to be? Underrated off the ball, quicks allow him to get clean catches off his cuts . . . off the bounce game gets him to his spots. Gets to the rim in a crowd . . . takes the contact. Nice open floor vision . . . good enough on the ball defender. Quicks. What kind of a player does he see himself as? Vital player for this team . . . need his numbers, make sure you get him shots! Add night in and night out consistency, then he will be a fun watch.

Al-Farouq Aminu: You look at him and you say,”Natural 3-man with length and major hops” . . . open floor track speed . . . lane filler & rim runner . . . better in ‘broken play” situations. Structure limits him. Could be a “slasher” type but uncertain when, where, and how to make scoring or create-a-play cuts. A legit jumper would make him a fun watch. Lacks the “get to the rim ” small forward game as his handle is suspect . . . needs the open floor. “Off the ball” defense needs a tweak as he loses sight of the ball as it changes sides of the floor . . . defensive footwork needs improving. Gives you rebounding effort. Teases you with good moments . . . don’t know what you get from night to night.

Anthony Davis: Oozes with gallons of potential! Runs like the wind . . . gets from offense to defense and vice versa quickly . . . the ultimate rim runner. Nice hands. Can step up the lane for mid-range jumper. Sneaky weak-side offensive rebounder . . . legit shot blocker as he can “go get the block.” Footwork has improved. Getting better at “putting it on the floor.” Nice shooting touch . . . would love to see the addition of a legit “jump hook” (baby hook) . . . back to the basket game is coming along. Not a consistent off the ball defender yet . . . defense at times over reacts vs P&R’s . . . overall defensive play is where the growth needs to be. Has the makings of a “Star light, star bright” how brightly will you shine tonight? Future can be blinding so you may have to wear shades.

More comments later. Any questions? I will be glad to answer . . .


Gerry V is a 21-year NBA analyst, 17-year talk radio host, a 16-year coach, and current anchor for “Fox 8 New Orleans Morning Edition”, 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. Check out Gerry V’s Sports Editorial “I’m Just Sayin” on Fox 8 “Morning Edition” at 7:50, 8:50am Mondays & Fridays . . . also hosts “Gerry V’s “Talk Back Live on 99.5 WRNO New Orleans right after every Saints Sunday Game…. Follow Gerry V on twitter (@GVTalk).

5 comments
PelaSaintiac
PelaSaintiac

It says above you believe Gordon has good open court vision. You think Gordon knows where his boys are in the open court as well as where defenders are? I think he does and he just takes option A and gets the ball to the hoop without considering any secondary passing options . I don't see this is as a bad thing because he's playing his role and that's to score . I've also heard the opposite and that he has poor floor vision and needs to stop being a ball hog. What are your thoughts? Thank you.

GerryV
GerryV

My picture caption..' You got a problem wit dat?"…….

504ever
504ever

Gerry, Love this!  Would also love to see your thoughts on other key players who have played: Smith, Roberts, Morrow, and (cringe) Stiemsma.

GerryV
GerryV

he's earning his bucks to score ..also a pretty decent defender...haven't seen the "ball hog aspect"...Pelicans need his offensive game BIG TIME!

GerryV
GerryV

Lever: I will indeed be commenting on other players as well

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