Andris Showing Out

It looked as if Andris would be the next in line to struggle after speaking out. He didn’t have a great shooting game, by his standards at least, but he definitely showed he was ready to step up on offense.
After a 2-for-6 first half, Biedrins turned up his offense. He had six points (including two missed FTs) in the third quarter and two assists. In the fourth quarter, when he usually doesn’t see the ball, he made his presence felt by dunking on Nene.
He didn’t have a great night, but you’ve got to love his resiliency and his effort. It covers up so many mistakes (like three missed free throws).
For those of you who didn’t see his comments in print, here is Goose’s harshest criticism yet:

“It’s kind of not working out, especially like the last 10 minute. I mean, we scored 12 points the last quarter. We can’t win games like that, shooting 30 (percent) or whatever we had. We need to really change something, because we can’t win games like that.

“We always take very hard shots. It’s hard to score like that. If it’s really important in the last couple minutes, you can’t take so (many) bad shots. I just think that we just need to figure out what’s a good and what’s a bad shot.”

Andris said he would demand the ball more eventually by having a conversation with Don Nelson. But he demands the ball with his hustle and energy. That’s why he got 14 shots tonight. Not because Nelson started running plays for him. To me, that might be too much at this point. Maybe a few plays. But, his teammates can look for him in traffic. Give him the ball on pick and rolls and reward him for his hustle. Andris is smart enough a player not to try and do more than he can, so you know he will take a high-percentage shot or kick it out. That’s certainly better than a turnaround 20-footer.

Marcus Thompson

  • ACC

    I think (and most people know) that Andirs Achilles heel is his freethrow. Let’s take a quick glance in the past about players who struggle with FT and eventually becoming fair to above average shooters.

    Karl Malone:55% average for first 2 years, the goes on to finish his career with a 74% clip.

    Hakeem Olajuwon: 60%+ shooter first 2 years the finishes his career as a 71%+ shooter.

    The point here is that shooting freethrows in practice is very different when done during an actual game. You’ve got to shoot more freethrows in actual games to improve (except for Shaq and Wilt). I think if Andris goes to the line more, his clip will improve as time goes by. He is a way better shooter than Shaq and Wilt.

  • ACC

    Sid Moncrief has a big work cut out for him in Andris. But IMO, Sid may not be a perfect shooting coach for Andris. Sid, as you may know is a guard and way shorter than Andris so the technique is shooting the ball for a 6′-3 6′-4 player will be different on how a 6′-11 or 7’0 player does. I think the W’s should get a shooting coach for Andris who used to be playing center. Dave Cowens is a start or Moses Malone. Unless Andris would want Rick Barry’s underside shot, the above center legends would be a good start.

  • DS

    Biedrins is just showing frustration at the teams lack of efficiency at the end of the game, which is understandable considering the hole at point guard. I love Biedrins hustle and the fact that he wants more looks. He is going to improve as the year goes on, and is the one positive so far in a season dominated by negative events.(See Rowell/Mullin, Ellis, Davis, Harrington, Marcus Williams)