rjd
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5 shooters as good or better than Gaze, Heal: Longley

Interesting quote from Longley:
"I've never been to a camp where everyone’s shot so well... in the 90’s we made a lot of noise about [Gaze] and [Heal] being great shooters... but we’ve got 5 guys in the team that can shoot well, if not better than those guys."

Big call! Or is this just some exaggeration to get some hype for the upcoming games?

Ingles has elevated his shooting in recent years to elite levels in the NBA. Mills has been automatic throughout his career. Goulding shot just 35% in the NBL last season, but I think that includes a lot of jacking up; restrict Goulding to more spot-up shots and suddenly he is shooting 54% with the Boomers in the Asia qualifiers. Then who is next? Dellavadova and Gliddon?

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Smith  
Last year

They all shoot great percentages on spot ups, Goulding simply chooses to jack up poor shots which he hits sparingly. Shot 41% from the field to boot.

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ME  
Last year

Longley doesn't strike me as the kind of guy to talk shit. He's been pretty blunt with the Boomers in the past also in regards to things they need to improve on. if he says they're shooting well, they're shooting well. But as we all know, how you shoot in practice means little. It's a nice sign but doesn't mean you're making it rain come game time. I guess we get a real look at that come tomorrow.

And I imagine the shooters he's talking about would have to be Delly, Ingles, Mills, Gliddon and Goulding.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Do people realise that Luc (and all assistant coaches) would have had input in to the team, and not just Lemanis with his supposed Brisbane favouritism?

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proud  
Last year

Might explain why there was no room for Blanchfield, not taking a shot at him but if others are making their shots then his value is lessened by comparison.

Looking forward to seeing us jack some up

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Isaac  
Last year

Yes, the assistants would have input. Gliddon talked about being told that he was a unanimous selection by the coaches.

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AKA  
Last year

I'd say this is pretty indicative of the way basketball is played these days. I'd suggest that across most elite level programs, the shooting from deep wouldn't be limited to one or two 'specialists' like it would have been in the 80's and 90's, with the new requirement being that almost every player (except for possibly one or two) that can hit the 3 ball with some sort of regularity.

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UseTaHoop  
Last year

With the game on the line and needing a 3, we'd still look for Mills. He is clutch.

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Cram  
Last year

With the game on the line and needing a 3, I'd be happy for any number of guys to get a good look and actually get a shot up

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Anonymous  
Last year

AKA, you're on the money. Great shooting is now a fairly regular attribute in the game, not a surprise that there a more great shooters around.

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rjd  
Last year

From Olgun's article on FoxSports:
"I haven't identified a number, but ideally we’d have four or five of them out there at all times," Longley said.

“We wanna spread the floor, space the floor. Basketball’s going that way. We’re no different. We wanna create space on the floor. Joey and Patty have been doing such a good job at breaking the defence down, that we’re gonna have to put shooters around them. I’d say three, to pick a number.”

Longley goes from 4 to 5, settling on 3 at the end. I'm not sure if he is referring to notable shooters or just anyone that can hit the 3 when left open. If it's the latter, I think the only way we can have just 3 is to play Bogut and Creek together. Baynes has now added a long jumpshot to his repertoire in the NBA, Landale shot 38% with Partizan, Bolden is a threat, and Kay is reliable. The only players that struggle from 3-point range are Bogut and Creek.

I wouldn't be surprised if we spend the whole game with at least 4 players that can hit the 3 on court at the same time.

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