Season leaps: That is the place gamers have improved essentially the most this yr

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In the course of the Brett Brown period, Philadelphia had one of the feared three-point shooters within the NBA with JJ Redick, a dependable sharpshooter, particularly when coming off a pindown from both Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid.

Whereas that chapter of the franchise is over, below new head coach Doc Rivers, the Sixers have given the same function to Seth Curry, who has since mastered the dribble handoff.

Curry is averaging 1.41 factors per possession on handoffs, per Synergy, which ranks within the 96th percentile amongst all NBA gamers.

Since becoming a member of Philadelphia, the 30-year-old guard has scored 2.3 factors per recreation on these alternatives, which places him eighth-best within the league. That’s noteworthy when contemplating he averaged simply 0.5 factors per recreation on handoffs final season.

Permit knowledgeable analyst Nekias Duncan to clarify why the play works (through Basketball Information):

“Like Redick, Curry has the contact and physique management to sink photographs on the transfer. In contrast to Redick, Curry has the on-ball chops to create for himself and others past the straightforward fast dump-off towards a hedge or lure. There’s official manipulation in his bag, making handoffs a pick-your-poison exhibition for opponents.”

You may watch what this screening motion seems like because it unfolds in Philadelphia’s offense by watching the clip beneath:

As we all know, Simmons isn’t going to shoot from past the arc fairly often. However when he catches the ball on the perimeter, Curry can dash over for a handoff as they execute a lethal two-man recreation.

Simmons is extra reliable with the ball in his fingers than many different screeners, which provides the Sixers a bonus on DHO units. Whereas it doesn’t occur as usually, Curry is simply as stable on stationary handoffs as properly.

When it comes time for the playoffs, the Sixers shall be glad to have such a superb scoring possibility throughout essential moments.

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