By now most people have seen Ben Wallace‘s comments earlier this week that Austin Daye should stop trying to attack the basket and start looking for his jumper more. It’s not the typical advice, as aggression is typically encouraged in young players like Daye, but Wallace was spot on and Rob Mahoney of the New York Times’ Off the Dribble blog explains why:
The 6-11 Daye –- who made 40 percent of his 3-point attempts last year -– should be able to rise and fire against anything other than a hard closeout from a quick-footed big man or a long-armed wing player. Instead, he’s putting the ball on the floor, and often wasting a potentially efficient opportunity:
As odd as it is on the surface for Wallace to chide his teammate for trying to take the ball to the basket, his prescription is actually correct. You can almost see Daye overthink his way into turnover after turnover in those clips, despite the fact that a very reasonable 3-point look was previously in his sights.