Paul and Booker’s problem, in fact, and the 76ers’ problem, is the same, and it boils down to the fact that the ability of the leading stars are not enough for each other to meet the standards needed.
Harden and Embiid’s ability is not enough for each other, Paul and Booker’s ability, is also not enough.
This article focuses on Paul and Booker. Before we get to them, let’s start with the question, “How do you build a team based on organizational guards?” . It’s a consensus that it’s hard to win a championship based on organizational guards, and that was a decade ago or even earlier. The reason for this consensus is that for a long time there have been very few cases in which the NBA has won a championship with an organizational guard as the leading player, or to be precise, a short organizational guard.
Because of the nature of basketball, it is decided that the closer to the basket the more powerful, before the emergence of Jordan, the NBA very successful superstars are big men. Jordan was the core guard to win the championship, after Jordan to the guard as the star of the championship case is really not much, after that is Wade, Kobe, and then after that is Curry.
Many times, or those big men for the star of the team in winning the championship, which is actually in line with the general rule. Because the guys at the forward position are generally faster, taller and stronger, they are better able to combine skill and talent. Those whose guards are the dominant players winning championships are invariably taking advantage of something more, such as advanced play systems or some less formal blowouts.
They use these things to avoid the lack of talent, to avoid the over display of weaknesses.
There is no doubt that the triangle offense and the Warriors’ play system are the strongest play systems in history. The triangle offense is good for when you have a strong singles player with a central pivot, while the Warriors’ system is a little more demanding in terms of projection. The Warriors’ system is theoretically easier to implement because players are trained to achieve a fluid rotation of the ball, and Kerr is instilling that pattern into the Warriors.
No matter who is replaced to play, they can always develop a smooth flow and they are halfway there. As for the superb shooting level, it is rare to find someone, and once you have such a person, the Warriors system is complete.
In terms of the triangle offense and the Warriors system, Paul doesn’t account for either.
Paul first of all does not have the unmatched singles ability of Jordan and Kobe (which is available for a small period of time, long-term stability is not guaranteed), nor does he enjoy the advanced form of tactics like the Warriors system. The Sun’s totality is all based on Paul’s personal philosophy of traditional organizational point guard.
That’s what traditional organizational guards do when they run a team, they look for opportunities, they look for better shots, they take well-timed individual attacks, they help improve their teammates’ in-game understanding, they are precise and persistent, pure and unrelenting.
Paul is that kind of guy.
The Sun is at its best when Bridges and Crowder are on either side of the ball and can both attack with the ball when they get it, either passing it or bursting a step in. It’s those small moves that can lead to a lot of in-game changes, which, combined with the Sun’s entire team running game, makes the Sun a team that looks varied and surprisingly efficient.
But therein lies the problem. The problem is that the guys at each position, who aren’t really play creators, aren’t advanced enough.
Crowder and Bridges, although they can hold the ball, although they do an extra step of blitz or an extra pass, but their own personal ability, is very limited. This limited ability also limits the creativity, they can not actually play too creative operation to, so these movements, is in vain.
So we see that in important games like the steal seven, in the Maverick’s high-pressure defense, the wing possessions of people like Bridges and Crowder become rare, and do not develop more space and possibilities. The aggressive Paul and Booker, actively and passively, centralized the ball over.
This is called the key moment to see the superstar. The superstars don’t want their teammates to make mistakes, and the opponent’s high pressure can only be balanced by the superstars’ stronger skills, they will send the signal “give me the ball”, and those who are paid less will naturally do so.
So when the Mavericks force Paul and Booker to get more possessions, they’ve cut out a lot of the Sun’s flexibility, which is a lot of running and holding that isn’t based on Paul and Booker.
And Paul and Booker’s abilities have been inadequate under this maverick’s high-pressure defense.
If Booker had been more advanced, he would have been able to play more offense when he was hemmed in, which would have helped open up space for others. If Paul had been more capable, he would have been able to find more opportunities to finish the needle, and the team’s flexibility would have returned immediately.
And steal seven in Booker struggling, once without a hit, or because of the lack of ability to develop not to score in high-pressure situations. In the post-game interview, Booker said he would not play the shot facing 8 people defending, and that’s the difference between him and Kobe.
Unfortunately, all of those stars who play reasonably do not have the ability to solve the tough environment strongly, or not completely. This shows that those who claim to play reasonably may be one-sided, while Kobe trained himself in a way that is truly forward-looking and deeply embodied.
Booker is active in this era, it is limited by this era, he should not be limited to the pursuit of more reasonable, but to take into account those unreasonable situations. Only by considering these, his skills can really leap forward, and today’s individual ability is still far from enough.
Paul has been lucky enough to meet Booker and this current Suns team, and he has the best roster structure in theory. The Suns have a better structure relative to the Clippers in the City of Airs, and it lies in the strong play of Booker at this point. This is something we’ve talked about many times. Paul in the Clippers period, no strong point of strong play, is the key to many folding, now he has Booker, still folding, because Booker’s level is not enough.
In addition to Booker’s level is not high enough, Paul’s age and injuries, is also a big factor that bothers himself.
If Paul can have Booker in the Clippers for a few years, then every season can enter the finals. If Booker has Kobe’s ability to play strong, then Paul’s good days need not be said. This pair of right and wrong, highs and lows, all in highlighting the regrets of that transaction only.
The Sun’s next season may take off, Booker may be upgraded, others may be replaced, and people expect such a process. However, the process of winning a championship is hard and long, what can we do if we don’t win a championship? Winning a championship is just the luck of a few people. We often to Jordan, Kobe, James to standard Paul such superstars, would have been too unfair.
“Don’t laugh at those who are not as lucky as you, they are just not as lucky as you.”
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