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Tayshaun Prince contributing to Grizzlies’ offensive problems

Beckley Mason of ESPN wrote about the Grizzlies’ spacing problems since they traded Rudy Gay for Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis:

Prince has played two full games (66 minutes) without shooting a 3-pointer. You can’t be the small forward alongside Tony Allen and not shoot 3s. This is related to the previous bullets: Prince doesn’t hunt 3-point shots by waiting a stride behind the line so that he can step into a 3. He either waits with his toes on the line or creeps toward the paint, where a long 2-pointer is his only option. This should be an easy fix for Memphis.

This isn’t a surprise for those of us who have watched Prince closely over the last few years. This season, Prince ranks 11th among Pistons in 3-point attempts per minute, leading only Detroit’s centers (Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Viacheslav Kravtsov), a one-time backup center (Jason Maxiell) and someone who has played just 13 total minutes (Khris Middleton).

Prince is an above-average 3-point shooter, and he should take more shots from outside the arc, especially at the expense of his long 2s. Hopefully, Lionel Hollins can get him to do that.

4 Comments

  • Feb 8, 20131:04 pm
    by Michelob Mike

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    He’s an above-average 3-point shooter most likely because he doesn’t chuck up bad shots. He only takes them in rhythm and when they’re the right shot to take.

    • Feb 8, 20132:35 pm
      by G

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      Tayshaun has been a good 3pt shooter his whole career. He’s a 6’9″ SF with LONG arms, so he doesn’t need much space to get a shot off. His problem is he loves that lefty-hook in the lane too much, so he dibbles into traffic & clogs up the middle.

  • Feb 8, 20132:00 pm
    by vic

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    key point:
    a good coach can easily get him to shoot more threes instead of leach in for the midrange jumper, solving 2 problems at once – floor spacing for the rest of his team, and more scoring from the SF position.

    So the Pistons suffered for 5 years from a problem that might be about to be solved in 5 games. 

  • Feb 8, 20132:56 pm
    by Brady Fredericksen

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    If we think back to the contender years, that was one of Tayshaun’s big strengths — he could defend, he had a little post-up hook and he could camp out behind the 3-point line and shoot. His attempts have dropped tremendously since. Maybe that’s because he had to be more ball handler and scorer in recent years, but now he’s back in that familiar role.

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