I agree with CDu in that the team did stress getting the ball in the post early on, but obviously went away from that as the year progressed, rightly or wrongly.
Originally Posted by Wheat/"/"/"
I also agree with you that getting him the ball and getting him the ball in the key are two different things and I agree Mason (as well as Miles and Ryan) would do better if they could get the ball in deeper. That was never a strength or focus of the team. Since our perimeter players weren't great at feeding the ball into Mason when he was posting up with a man on his back, I think it would have been even less likely that they would be able to get the ball inside to our post players with the perfect timing required to get them the ball on the move in the key consistently.
I also agree that he is plenty quick and strong enough to seal his defender and that teams would have to double him. I thought VTech did a really nice job defending Duke in the ACC tournament, where they crowded all three point shooters, doubled Austin and Curry off high screens (as did FSU and Lehigh) and doubled Mason whenever he got the ball in the post. Smart strategy, IMO, as without Kelly and with our guards not looking for the screeners and little ball movement, this was an effective defensive st
rategy with the team the last few games.
I agree that Mason has had some footwork issues, but I think he has improved on this a bunch in his time at Duke and certainly enough that I wanted the ball into him as much as possible. I also disagree a bit about Mason's quickness. I think he is quick for a center and still managed to usually get good shots and position when he got the ball outside and his defender knew he was not shooting so would not crowd him.
Originally Posted by jipops
I think you make a good point about the number of good shooters on this team and the focus went away from post play to trying to get good looks for our shooters, which were probably the team's most efficient shots in the half-court.
I don't think the team needs a Kendall Marshall or Duhon to get the ball inside. I would definitely consider Nolan and Scheyer as distributors and think you could say that for Paulus early on as well. Scheyer and Paulus may not have been creators, but they were distributors who got the ball inside. I also feel that with a typical Duke motion offense (though the offense changes each year, there is usually better ball movement than there was at the end of this year) many players have opportunities to make good entry passes to the post and the team does not need a penetrating point guard, though that is of course a bonus.
I also agree very much with Troublemaker that Mason's skills are not the same as Zeller's. UNC has been fortunate that they have had some players that have been excellent at establishing great position, getting the ball and putting up a quick shot. I immediately think of Jamison, Hansbrough and Zeller, who all excelled at that. I haven't seen that from Mason yet, though hopefully we will next year.
“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”