1. Randle will be great this year playing next to Lonzo.
2. Disagree. Randle will also be a creator next season. Few guys his size can create as his level so there is no reason not to exploit that.
This is the problem. It's what you WANT to see, not what he's best at. If he finds a way to do it WITHIN the FLOW of the offense, cool. Don't put it on his plate BEFORE he can prove he can eat it. He's got a LOT of other things he can do which will help him help us that don't involve creating.
Again, this is what you WANT to see, not who he is. He's good as is.
3-4. Agree on both.
5. Lopez will open up everything for everyone. He's going to shoot 7-8 3s per game and hit close to 40%.
6. Disagree. Randle he does need to improve in certain areas and not just be a finisher.
No, he doesn't. He's NOT a #1 or #2 option on this roster within this system. His ROLE will be to score, rebound and defend. Keep it SIMPLE. You want him to be things that he's not. How about letting him finding a role once he's good at what he can already DO?
Stop inventing strengths for him.
He needs to shoot and hit 3s at 33% or better
In what universe does EVERYONE need to shoot 33% or better? He only needs to do that IF he wasn't the strongest player on the floor and could outrun most BIGs AND couldn't bully his way at the rim. Let him perfect what he's actually good at before creating things he's not.
Randle should ONLY be involved in P&R when the floor is already spread and he's got a clear lane to roll. He's strong enough and agile enough that the help HAS to rotate early giving him an easy secondary pass to the cutter or 3 point shooter (where the help defender left).
Coaching, and I mean REAL coaching, doesn't work like what you're proposing. You are a BAD COACH if you put a player out on the court and tell him to BECOME someone he's not. Give him a role that fits his strengths and that he's CONFIDENT as well as comfortable with and he will EXCEED that role in time.
CREATING a role that doesn't fit the player is how you DON'T develop a player...this is the OPPOSITE of what's in Randle's best interest.
he needs to play like a point forward - or Center
Why? Because you WANT him to? That's not smart. He was a SCORER in high school, a SCORER in college...now? When he's playing guys that are MUCH better? He needs to BECOME a point forward?
That's silly. If he were my family member or if I were coaching him and I heard you say that, I'd tell you to stay in yo' lane. You are saying things that are detrimental to the development of this guy and you're parading them around as FACT.
We know that he can and likes to score the ball.
We have NO DATA on him being a great passer as a strength.
I say he needs to concentrate on his scoring role.
You say he needs to be a point forward...why?
Stop making this wish list and attributing it to what he COULD do. Stick with what we KNOW he can handle and let him build slowly off that.
he needs to set deadly screens and he needds to become a plus-defender.
This is well within his skillset and strengths. He CAN do these things without changing who he is. I expect this will be something all of the forwards will be told to concentrate on.
My problem with your wishlist isn't it's not THEORETICALLY possible...everything you said is THEORETICALLY possible for ALL of our BIGs...my problem is it's not based on his STRENGTHS.
Just because you see someone do something every now and then doesn't mean they can then go on and become that full time nor would that improve who they are as a player.
People are saying stuff like "everyone needs to be a good shooter" or "everyone needs to learn how to be a good ball handler"...that's how we teach kids at the AAU level!!! LOL...once you reach high school or college? You're taught to work on becoming average at your weaknesses but make your strengths your main focus because that's who you are. Becoming a well rounded player by becoming a competent ball handler or passer is not the same as becoming a point forward. Trying to become something you are not will do the OPPOSITE of helping you become well rounded...it will actually distract you from working on the things that make you special as a basketball player in the first place.
If you're a serious basketball player, over time, your body and tendencies begin to display themselves in your game:
If you're destined to become a scoring guard, you work on your handles and shooting.
If you're destined to become a passing guard, you work on your handles and dexterity.
You don't have to push kids towards the type of player they want to be. They work on those things automatically.
Randle IS a scorer. He's not a shooter nor is he a great passer. He has room and time to become better at those things but to claim he NEEDS to make those things his focus is just wrong.
Let him become the best version of himself and if he can add things on top of that, that's fine. He will always have that foundation to fall back on when/if the additional skills don't work out.
You build a car from the inside out, not the other way around. Let Randle concentrate on what he does best before he has to add anything to his game.
Edited by GCMD, July 18, 2017 - 11:27 PM.