How Wendell Carter Jr Can Become A Successful NBA Player

Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Duke Blue Devils primarily used Wendell Carter Jr in the low post or as a screener in a dribble handoff sequence. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to Wendell in the low post area. Once that happens, Carter will attempt to back down the defender with one of his shoulders to get within comfortable range to shoot a jump hook, or he will do a spin move towards the baseline to get a layup. Another example of this is when the point guard doesn’t throw the ball into the post immediately after getting to the three-point line. If this occurs, Wendell Carter Jr will run to the three-point line to set a screen for the ball handler. Once the ball handler went over the screen, Carter would go into the low block to restart the process of posting up.

However, there instances when Wendell Carter Jr plays the role of a screener in a dribble handoff sequence for Duke. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to Wendell in the mid to high post area. Once this happens, Carter will hold the ball until the point guard comes back to him or the player standing in the corner comes to him; to start a dribble handoff sequence. As soon as one of the players gets close him, Wendell Carter Jr will hand the ball off and stand in place as a screener. After that happens, the player who has the ball will go over the screen to start the process of the pick and roll again.

As a result of this, the NBA team who selects Wendell Carter Jr in the draft should implement a similar system to the Duke Blue Devils. This is because Carter Jr has developed a habit of playing in the low block or as a screener in a dribble handoff sequence that it is the quickest way for him to have an impact in the NBA. However if the NBA wants him to be further away from the basket, he would need a few months to adjust the new role. For example, Wendell would require a significant number of repetitions over the course of many months to see if he is capable of making an NBA three and whether it can be a consistent shot.

How Jaren Jackson Can Become A Successful NBA Player

Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Michigan State Spartans primarily used Jaren Jackson in the low post or as a screener in the pick and roll. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to another perimeter player. The second perimeter player will either give the basketball to Jackson in the low post or gives it to a third perimeter player, and he will throw it to Jaren in the low block. Once this happens, he will analyze how the defender chooses to defend him. If the defender gives Jaren space, he will perform a spin move in an attempt to get closer to the basket or around the defender to shoot a jump hook or layup. On the other hand, if the defender plays him tight, Jackson will face up and attempt to blow by the defender to shoot a mini sky hook or dunk the basketball. Another example of this is when the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to Jaren in the low post area to restart the process of analyzing the defender.

However, there are instances where Jaren Jackson will stand at or near the top of the key waiting to receive a pass from the point guard. Once this happens, Jackson will pass the ball to a third perimeter player and proceed to set a screen. Once the pick is set, he will analyze how the defender chooses to defend him. For instance, if his defender decides to come up and cover the point guard, he can roll to the low block to post up.On the other hand, if his defender chooses to stay back, he can pop out to the three-point line to shoot a jumper. As a result of this, the NBA team who selects Jaren Jackson in the draft should implement a similar system to the Michigan State Spartans. This is because Jackson has developed a habit of playing in the low block or as a screener in the pick and roll that it is the quickest way for him to have an impact in the NBA.

How Marvin Bagley Can Become A Successful NBA Player

Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Duke Blue Devils utilized Marvin Bagley in both face up and back to the basket situations. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to another perimeter player. The second perimeter player will either give the ball to Bagley in the low post or gives it to a third perimeter player, and he will throw it to Marvin in the post to start the process of attempting to get a jump hook.  Another example of this is when the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to Marvin in the low post area. Once that happens,  Bagley will attempt to back down the defender with one of his shoulders to get within comfortable range to shoot a jump hook. Unfortunately, Marvin hasn’t been able to add enough muscle mass to his body frame to back down the defender on a consistent basis. As a result, every time Bagley is told to post up he is forced to take a contested jump hook over the defender because he can’t back him down.

However, there are instances where Marvin Bagley will stand at or near the top of the key waiting to receive a pass from the point guard. Once this happens, Bagley will pass the ball to a third perimeter player and proceed to restart the process of posting up. Another example of this is when Marvin receives the basketball at or near the top of the key. Once this happens, he will pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action. If the defender gave him a few feet of space, he would pull up to shoot the wide-open jumper. On the other hand, if the defender played him tight, he will attempt to drive towards the basket for an easy basket, to draw a foul or attract a double team.

Therefore, the NBA team who drafts Marvin Bagley should use him as a face-up player until he can put on more muscle.

How Mo Bamba Can Become A Successful NBA Player

Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Texas Longhorns have primarily used Mohamed “Mo” Bamba as a screener in the pick and roll. For example, the point guard would bring the ball up to the three-point line and then Mo would set a screen. Once the pick is set, he will analyze how the defender chooses to defend him. For instance, if his defender decides to come up and cover the point guard, he can roll to the basket. On the other hand, if his defender chooses to stay back, he can pop out to the free throw line to shoot a jumper. However, there are instances where Mo Bamba will stand at the top of the key waiting to receive a pass from the point guard. Once this happens, Bamba will pass the ball to a third perimeter player and proceed to restart the process of setting a screen. Unfortunately, a significant amount of opposing teams will give him space because he is a below average shooter. According to ESPN, he has a career shooting percentage of 27.5 percent from behind the arc.

Butler Bulldogs vs Texas Longhorns /NCAA Men’s Basketball on November 23, 2017

Texas Longhorns vs Alabama Crimson Tide on December 22nd, 2017

Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns on February 3rd, 2018

As a result of this, the NBA team who selects Mo Bamba in the draft should implement a similar system to the Texas Longhorns. This is because Bamba has developed a habit of being a screener in the pick and roll that it is the quickest way for him to have an impact in the NBA. However if an NBA team wants him to be further away from the basket, he would need a few months to a full season of repetitions to see if he could  develop consistency in the three-point shot.

 

 

 

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