After watching the guys run drills, a few major things stuck with me. Jeff Taylor is becoming more confident, Zeller is legitimately good at shooting, Ewing is really going to help Biz use his length offensively, and MKG's jumper will be much better this season.
It's not just going to be because of good plays drawn up for him to hit wide open shots, it's because he's releasing the ball quicker. He hasn't done much to change the mechanics, but the hitch is less noticeable and he gets the ball off much quicker than he did last season. It still isn't pretty, but it's coming along nicely, and it's going to become a valuable weapon in his arsenal to keep defenders honest. Defenders will expect him to slash to the basket off the dribble, but he's going to have a much higher ability to pull back for a jumper this season.
Don't know who's responsible for the improving jumper... MKG working on it during the offseason, Mark Price working with him, or what, but it's coming along really well. I don't know if he's ever going to get that hitch out, or the weird shooting arm in front of his face, but release and accuracy is all that matters. The hitch is becoming quicker and it looks like he's making a real effort to get rid of it, and it's easy to see his jumper becoming more consistent and quicker off the release.
The other things were fairly expected... Biz impressed me quite a bit shooting as well. Showed the ability to hit jumpers consistently out past 16 feet. Zeller will be about as close to a seven foot point guard as a seven footer can become, and he's meshing really well with this team. And we need to keep JT. Based off of workouts, I'd say he should be ahead of Gordon on the depth chart at SG. We all know he simply lacked confidence last year, and while he wasn't bad, he didn't transition all that well. Year 2 looks to be much better for him.
That's all. The main point of the topic is MKG's jumper. Pretty sure Charlotte posted some videos from the workouts of MKG taking jumpers, so have a look for yourselves. Glad to see he's improving as much as he is.
Last edited by InProblematique; 07-09-2013 at 02:26 AM.
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I just watched the practice highlights and he is still shooting with that hitch and on the way down.
I just dont understand what is so hard about imitating someone with proper form.
JT and Biz are looking good. Zeller is just freakishly skilled for someone his size.
You are making all your judgements from an edited highlight video. You can talk about changes in form but there's no way you can see it's reliability improving or tell that it's "coming along nicely" there is simply no way to tell
Last edited by Plowright; 07-09-2013 at 06:33 AM.
I'm interested to watch MKG in summer league because I think a lot of these guys can work and work and work on their shot and until its in flow in a game it might not be real. Summer League isn't real either though. I've watched Plumlee beast up in the NC pro am for a couple years and he looked the same in the nets first game in Orlando. Doesn't mean much. Still...good news. Plow...don't hate.
i was assuming the guy went to practice or watched it through the windows or something. I don't think Jeff was even shooting in any of the videos, or Biz shooting 16 footers
Hard to tell from the brief clip, but it looks like MKG has reduced the hitch on set shots but still can't kick the habit shooting on the move. Baby steps, I guess.
Btw, for those who question why he can't just alter his shot, it's much easier said than done. Go to the local Y or the backyard and try to radically alter your jump shot. Shot from a set position and then try to shot off the bounce. Odds are, any shot off the bounce from beyond 10 FT is an air ball or a stupendous brick.