Paul George curls off of the double screen from Grant and Adams. The Celtics don’t switch, and PG splashes the three. The Thunder actually love to set up this action for him. And they ran it again in yesterday’s battle against Boston. Same result.
Having George play off the ball for the three has been great for him. He’s shooting 40.6 percent from downtown, on 9 attempts per game.
Only the greatest shooter of all time in my opinion at least, has a combination of more attempts and a better percentage.
In my opinion this is the winning formula that allows George to be such an efficient shooter from deep and help lead the team to the 5th highest scoring offense in the league.
So now it’s time to go deeper and analyze his shots. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
Ok, so we took a look at one of OKC’s favorite plays for George, and here is another.
Almost once a game during out of bounce situations, he would set a fake screen and then sprint to the corner behind Steven Adams. The defense is caught off guard most of the time and is hesitant to switch that little slip screen action that he does, so by the time he gets to the corner, PG has a nice breathing room and is usually open for the shot.
Right here however, Gorgi Dieng actually does a good job of getting out and contesting, but the fact that now he is on a much quicker player on the perimeter, makes him overreact on this little jab step, so George can easily and calmly get up a shot and that of course goes in. So that’s the double threat of this play call.
You can get an idea why this is another play that they often run. It allows their primary scorer to get an uncontested shot with so little effort. And who doesn’t like that.
Ok wide open shot with little effort. Here’s another example just like that.
When you have a freak of nature athlete like Russell Westbrook, who demands a double team and attracts the whole attention, especially in transition, PG can just trail the play with a light jog, and allow the defense to kinda forget about him and focus on Russ.
So he calmly steps into a wide open three, nobody around him, and nails the jumper.
Westbrook on the penetration and Paul George on the wing is a deadly combination for Oklahoma and they always look to exploit the opposing defense this way.
And lastly, when he actually has the ball in transition, PG likes to get the defender backpedaling before he stops on a dime and raises up for a shot.
I feel like this is not Billy Donovan’s favorite solution, but while this might be a difficult shot for other players, George is very comfortable with this rhythm shot and maybe not always, but most of the time he has a lot of space to shoot, so I’m sure the coaching staff is ok with it.
So yeah these are most of the patterns that I was able to notice in his 3 point shooting.
I mean sure, there’s the occasional stepback, or tough and contested shot, without any previous movement, that’s going to happen.
But what’s important is that most of the time, Paul George is very efficient from downtown, and that reflects in his stats, as well as the team’s offensive ranking.
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