Love's skills at 'stretch forward' part of NBA trend

  • Article by: Jerry Zgoda , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 11:59 PM

Long-range shots and perimeter moves place him a genre defined by versatile power forwards such as Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett.

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nessmessFeb. 15, 14 9:43 PM

ALL OKC needs to do is add a little love after next season (They will be unstoppable)

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matthewJamesFeb. 16, 14 6:19 AM

The T- Wolves need Kevin Love, but right now they need two guards that can guard and a stronger bench.

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thegirlsFeb. 16, 14 6:56 AM

are you going to draw fouls at the three point line? I'm sick of seeing guys pass up shots in the lane, even lay-ups , in order to throw a pass to someone at the three point line for a low percentage shot. shots in the lane are higher percentage, plus, if you draw fouls, you'll shoot free throws as a team sooner. young players are shooting a lot of threes because they are allowed to do it. even in the pros a guy will have a nice, medium shot opportunity and he'll take a couple little dribbles past the line just so he can launch a three, which 66% of the time he will miss. makes me sick.

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matthewJamesFeb. 16, 1410:02 AM

You forgot to name name Clyde Lovelette of the Minneapolis Lakers.

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ljb6599Feb. 16, 1410:06 AM

KG the ultimate versatile PF on both ends of the floor......

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harryhankFeb. 16, 1411:34 AM

I've always thought it would be a better game if lay-ups were three-pointers and the long shots were worth two.

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justin1978Feb. 16, 1412:49 PM

thegirls, The three point shot is becoming a huge part of the game because it's a major way coaches are making offenses thrive in today's NBA. The long 2 is the worst shot in basketball, it always will be. Why take a 20 footer for 2 points when you can step back a couple feet and make one for 3. The long 2 is the part of the game that is becoming less relevant. The paint is still a huge part of the game. Trying to draw fouls is also something that not every player can do effectively. If you run up against good post defense, the fouls won't come. Throwing the ball to a post player and letting him operate is becoming a thing of the past. There are few guys like Pekovic anymore. Even some of the best scorers in the post in Al Jefferson and Lamarcus Aldridge don't draw a lot of fouls. Another reason the three is becoming more and more popular is because it provides more space and room to operate an offense. If every player stands inside the line, the paint becomes crowded. There are so many skilled guards in the league, coaches want to provide space for those players to operate. Spacing is huge in the game today for providing dribble penetration opportunities. The implementing of the zone defense also makes shooting more important in today's game. There is a reason every team is looking for shooters. If you don't have an elite defense, you are not going to win unless you can shoot the ball and make the 3. All one has to do is look how Greg Popovich, the best coach in the NBA, has evolved his offense over the years to value shooters the 3 point shot. The main point you should be making is not all teams have the right personnel to make it work, not that it doesn't work. You can't do it if you shoot 33% from deep. Good shooting teams usually close to 38% or above as a team.

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