When all goes wrong, when life gets you down, play the Sacramento Kings. That’ll clear all of life’s ills right up. They possess just enough talent to make it seem an accomplishment to trounce them in the way it seems every NBA team does; the Houston Rockets may not have achieved much more than a mid-season victory against the league’s worst team (minus its best player), but given the manner of the victory, last night’s win seems like a watershed moment. Chuck Hayes became the Rockets’ best finisher (however, he made much more of an impression when facing up DeMarcus Cousins, fading away for what has to be the most impressive shot of Chuck’s illustrious offensive career) for a night, and Chase Budinger’s jump shot awoke from the dead (pouring in a drool-worthy 18 points on 10 shots with four boards to boot). Luis Scola both dunked a ball and blocked a shot (his 18th put up in this 24-game-season), both such rarities that I could only chuckle at the team’s good fortune. Yes, everything goes right when the Kings are in town, and for a night, the Rockets gladly breathed in the auspicious air. Read More
A reader, Blake, writes:
The only players last season to assist on 20% or more of teammate field goals (AST% > 20) and grab 10% of the rebounds on the floor (TRR > 10%) were LeBron James and Terrence Williams, the rookie. This is misleading, though, as LeBron assisted on nearly twice as many field goals as Williams. Their rebounding was about equal. It is important to note that Williams did this as a rookie. His rookie rebounding numbers top LeBron’s rookie numbers, and their rookie assist numbers are far more similar.
36.8% of his field goal attempts last year were at the rim. For comparison, LeBron shot 33.6% of his shots at the rim. Williams is not the greatest shooter, however, with an eFG% of .425 for his career. His free throw shooting is not great at 70%, so I wonder if his shot selection or his shooting ability is to blame for these numbers. Chuck Hayes is topping Williams in both measures this year, by the way
I’m not saying that Williams has the potential to be the next LeBron. What he does have is a rare combination of offensive lane presence, rebounding, and passing ability. His shooting is bad. His turnovers are bad. And he doesn’t draw enough fouls.
We will have to wait to see how he develops. If he works on his shooting, his shot selection, and his turnovers, Williams has the potential to be a unique player.
From Devin Kharpertian of Netsarescorching:
T-Will at his best is a great passer, slasher, and facilitator. At his worst, he forces offense, commits far too many turnovers because of poor decision-making, relies on fading jumpers or 3′s he can’t make, and tries to make the best looking play instead of the best play. Extremely athletic, grabs a surprising number of rebounds for a guy with his size. Can defend three positions, is built for a sparkplug sixth man role as long as he has shooters/scorers around him.
Also he can dunk the hell out of the ball.
Sebastian Pruiti on Terrence Williams:
He is fantastic when he is determined to get to the rim and when he is looking to get his teammates involved. When he is settling for jumpers or in shoot first mode he can be very bad. Tends to turn it over trying to make the spectacular play. Not really involved on the defensive end. A good 6th man in my opinion.
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