This topic is more of a combo of Bobcats Talk and the NBA Draft, so I just put it here.
Something I've observed this season. It really hit home for me last night. Have you noticed that for all their good play at times, occasionally when the Cats or Heels find themselves in tight games, the PG's seem to be making flawed decisions? I mean, let me give you some examples.
Go back and look at some of the Game Threads from our tougher losses. It is late in the 4th qtr in a tight game. How often do we say "What was Ray thinking?" He hoists up an ill advised 3, or drives the lane into traffic with 7 footers and loses the ball or tosses up a shot on which he thought he would be fouled but wasn't so it is a turn over. He makes this decision too many times and it hurts us. It is as if he takes too much onto his shoulders at crunch time. He doesn't seem to just think to himself "Dribble around, move, draw the double team as I drive into the lane and kick it out to J-Rich or Crash" Too often, he feels he has to take the shot and either make it or get fouled.
Last night, I saw Ty Lawson making a few of the exact same mistakes. They had fought their way back from 28 down to within 4. With 8 minutes left, they were in the game. Then, I see Lawson make a few decisions which to me reminded me of Ray's decision making down the stretch in tight games. Turning the ball over, bad shot, driving into fthe middle with one of those giant 7 footers and getting the ball rejected. (Dude, you're only 5-11 and they are a foot taller than you)
Now, in the past I have been hard on Ray and questioned his effectiveness at the PG. I have come to believe that he can handle the position, and feel comfortable with him as our starting PG - unless we can get Derrick Rose. But when I see the similarities of both Ray and Ty in their game play, decision making and in their flaws, I am wondering if this is not something fundamental being taught or over looked at the College level. Roy Williams is a brilliant Coach, but even great ones are not perfect. (Wooden comes closest) I wonder if there is an issue in the way that they help mold the decision making of their PGs in crunch time? I mean, Ray and Ty have been his 2 main PGs in his tenure at UNC, and their play, their game, and their flaws seem to be very very similar.