His athleticism and length are bothersome for opponents

His athleticism and length are bothersome for opponents

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I’ve already written about what makes Bagley a fascinating offensive talent, so I won’t rehash much of that here. He’s still canada goose coats on sale dominating the offensive boards, doing a bit of creating canada goose clearance sale and showing flashes of a jump shot, but for Bagley to be more than a super version of the Hawks’ John Collins (and worthy of a top three pick), he needs canada goose to be impactful on the defensive end.

canada goose store In general, starting quality centers in the modern NBA must to be able to protect the rim and/or function capably switching along the perimeter. Ideally, they’d do both. Bagley looks pretty good doing the latter. His athleticism and length are bothersome for opponents, but his fundamentals need to improve, and he occasionally gets caught on the wrong foot. Still, the foundation is strong. It’s the rim protection that has people worried. canada goose store

Canada Goose online Bagley’s averaging just 1.4 blocks per 40 minutes. Even Deandre Ayton, another big getting roasted for his lack of shot blocking, is posting more. However, there’smore hope in some other numbers and recent game film. Canada Goose online

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For starters, Canada Goose Jackets while Bagley lacks the traditional length of a center, he’s clearly still effective challenging shots around the rim when he’s there. Opponents are averaging just 0.667 points per possession (87th percentile) on shots around the basket when Bagley’s defending them, per Synergy.

Canada Goose sale The Duke defense as a whole has also been effective defending 2s when Bagley is the de facto center. cheap Canada Goose In 143 possessions with Canada Goose Online Bagley on the floor and both Wendell Carter Jr. and Marques Bolden on the bench, opponents are converting just 41.9 percent on 2s against the Blue Devils compared to 46.0 percent in other combinations, per Hoop Lens. Canada Goose sale

Bagley’s game film in a loss to North Carolina State last weekend is also promising. The 18 year old had three blocks (the box score says four, but a Carter block was inappropriately attributed) against the Wolfpack with each one canada goose uk black friday coming in a different situation.

Canada Goose Jackets It’s nice canada goose uk outlet to see improvements from Bagley in terms of his rotations and willingness to challenge shots. State game, so he some extra time to practice during December. Maybe we’re seeing the fruits of that labor. I think we sometimes forget too easily that Bagley isstill developing as a player. He’s far from a finished product. Canada Goose Jackets

canada goose deals A 6 3 point guard who went to high school about three miles away from the Oklahoma campus, Young didn’t even appear on our preseason mock draft after finishing as the No. 23 recruit in his high school canada goose coats class, according to the 247Sports Composite. Most people didn’t expect him to be a one and done. And even after he lit up the PK80 back in November, I wrote he Canada Goose Outlet felt “like a quality backup option who buy canada goose jacket could go late in the first round.” canada goose deals

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canada goose coats Young’s style of play is built for the modern NBA where spacing is paramount. He’s capable of pulling up from well behind the NBA 3 point line with a quick and unexpected release. When defenders come uk canada goose out to meet them, he blows by them with hesitation moves or via a ball screen. Once he gets into an advantageous situation going downhill, he’s either getting to the foul line or finding an open teammate once the defense breaks down. canada goose coats

cheap Canada Goose Young has his warts his defense is poor, he Canada Goose Parka needs to add upper body canada goose outlet strength and he hasn’t shown he can get into his jumper from advanced dribble moves yet but his gravity on cheap canada goose uk the offensive end legitimately has a chance to be bend defenses and force scheme canada goose store changes in the NBA. Few lead guards check that box. cheap Canada Goose

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Canada Goose Outlet Bridges’ decision to return to school was one of the most scrutinized moves of the college basketball offseason. He ended the 2016 17 season as a potential lottery pick with millions of dollars on the table. Many thought it was a mistake to turn down the money, but kids only canada goose clearance get to go to college once, and Bridges felt Michigan State had unfinished business to handle. Canada Goose Outlet

While it doesn’t sound like the 6 7 combo forward returned primarily to impress NBA buy canada goose jacket cheap teams, his choice allows draft evaluators to get a second look, which has proven illuminating given he’s playing a new position.

Last season, Bridges spent nearly every possession as a small ball power forward, using his athleticism and quickness to attack mismatches against bigger defenders off uk canada goose outlet the catch. This season, he’s slid over into a more traditional small forward role. That’s come with new responsibilities.

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Already, Bridges has finished 35 possessions Canada Goose sale either scoring or passing out of the pick and roll, per Synergy. He had 40 all of last season and struggled with them immensely. For example, of the 10 passes Bridges threw to spot up shooters, four of canada goose black friday sale them were https://www.gooseyou.com turnovers. This season, though, he’s been better overall with his passing numbers suppressed by some missed shots, but his scoring numbers up to 0.952 points per possession (81st percentile).

It’s already clear Bridges can be a versatile defender in a small ball four role tasked with shooting open 3s on offense, but can he be more? These type of creation possessions are important for defining Bridges’ ceiling. canada goose factory sale There’s still a ways to go namely because his pull up Canada Goose online jumper has produced miserable results so far but it’s promising to see him doing something new.

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