So Jeff had a fantastic summer league, great FIBA tournament, yet he has really struggled with his shot so far this year.
in the 2013 NBA Summerleague he shot .368 from three and .692 from the FT line and an overall shot percentage 47.5%
In Eurobasket he shot .423 from three and .724 from the FT line with an overall shot percentage of 46.8%
This year he is currently shooting .256 from three and a dismal FT percentage of .538 with an overall shooting percentage of 37.8%
Now what could have changed? Obviously he is now playing with NBA calibre players, but he is missing wide open shots and the opposition shouldn't affect his free throw percentage. I am just very confused
I was thinking the exact same thing about Taylor what's wrong with his shooting
I think its moreso that Taylor needs to learn to be effective in his role. In summer league and Eurobasket, he was the number 1 option, often having the ball in his hands in creating and decision making roles. Good or bad, he was forced to make a play, and was successful at that level of play he was in.
With us, his role and pecking order is much lower. Instead of #1, he is behind Kemba, Big Al, Hendo, and the Sessions Tunnel Vision Show.
So being the 5th option, coming off the bench, playing less minutes, and having less opportunities to create and take shots, it seems he is pressing to maximize his limited touches, rather than just letting things come naturally to him. Even when he's wide open, it seems he thinks for half a second whether to let it fly, instead of just taking every shot when he has a good look, or trying to force his way to the basket when he could simply pull up.
And of course, the fact that defenders are stronger, faster, smarter, and bigger, that kind of adds to his troubles at this moment. But in the end, he has the physical capabilities, its just being able to play his role without overthinking, and getting that confidence back. He'll get there I'm sure.
Jeff should never pump fake, just catch and shoot. No one ever falls for the fake and it only gives the defense extra time to close out and get in better guarding position.
Last edited by JGib23; 12-01-2013 at 10:50 PM. Reason: Damn auto correct
Taylor needs to get into the flow of the game to be at his best. Hard to do that in limited minutes on a team that doesn't have much flow to begin with.
I think it's mostly about his confidence. I believe his FT% at each level of Basketball backs this up.
The higher the level the harder the game is mentally and the more his confidence, thus FT%, suffers. Conversely the lower the standard the higher his confidence, thus FT%, because his confidence is up.
Obviously the level of defending increases with the level of competition, so that will unquestionably factor into his lower FG%. But his FT% is down to him and him alone.
I think part of it is he's having to spend so much energy guarding bigger, elite SFs like Melo and LeBron. He didn't really have to guard anybody in SL and Eurobasket and could focus on scoring. He has to play hard on both sides of the ball b/c he should be guarding SGs instead of SFs.
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