Mario Chalmers will be the starting point guard on opening night for the Miami Heat.
But he will be a point guard in name only, at least in the classic definition. With Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on the floor, Chalmers will not be the guy with the ball in his hands dictating the offensive plays. His role is going to look a lot more like Derek Fisher’s in Los Angele, where he rarely creates his own shot.
In his recent mailbag at the Sun Sentinel, Ira Winderman said this about Chalmers.
If Mario can hit that standstill 3-pointer, he can practically reinvent himself this season.
I wouldn’t say reinvention so much as refinement. 31.5 percent of Chalmers shots last season were spot ups (according to MySynergySports). And he was actually reasonably effective at it from three — he took 155 spot up threes last season and hit 34.8%. Not bad, although for the designated spot up guy you want that number closer to 40 percent. For example Mike Miller hit 50.5 percent of his spot up shots.
Chalmers has range, he just needs to be a little more consistent from three and he’ll get to knock down some big shots this season. Of course, if he really wants to stay on the floor it is the rest of Winderman’s comments that Chalmers needs to heed.
What he really needs, though, is an improved ability to keep opposing point guards in front of him. His gambling instincts will pay dividends with this team, but his straight-up defense has to get better.
John Wall had a designated player super max contract sitting in front of him (figuratively) since July 1, but he wanted to wait and see what the Wizards would do this summer, and talk to his family about a decision that could lock him in Washington for six years.
He saw the Wizards spend — they matched a max offer sheet for Otto Porter. He also looked around the East and decided this is where he wanted to be. He agreed to the extension on Friday, a story broken by David Aldridge of TNT/NBA TV.
This is a four-year, $170 million extension that kicks in after the two-years, $37.1 million left on Wall’s current deal.
Wall has developed into one of the top five point guards in the NBA, averaging 23.1 points per game last season while making his first All-NBA team (the third team, which he thought was a let down). He is a strong defensive point guard and still arguably the fastest guy in the league with the ball in his hands. He and Bradley Beal have formed one of the more formidable backcourts in the NBA.
Wall is now getting paid like an elite point guard, and he is just entering his prime.
Jayson Tatum was one of the standouts at Summer League.
The No. 3 pick of the Boston Celtics, Tatum came into the draft considered the most NBA-ready player of the class. He showed that at Summer League — he is a fluid athlete who knows how to knock down mid-range shots (and gets to his spots), he has great footwork for a young player, and can attack the rim. He tends to take and make difficult shots, but that will get harder against NBA-level defenders, and he didn’t often play-make for others. That said, he averaged 17.7 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Check out his best plays from Summer League, and if you’re a Celtics fan try not to drool too much.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed former Oregon forward Dillon Brooks, a second-round pick in last month’s NBA draft.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 45th overall pick. The Grizzlies acquired him in exchange for a future second-round pick.
Brooks, 21, averaged 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a junior at Oregon last season. He was named the Pac-12 player of the year and helped Oregon earn its first Final Four berth since 1939.
Peculiar is not a word that comes up often in NBA talk. Not sure it comes up much of anywhere unless a Four Non-Blondes song is on the ’90s station, but especially in NBA talk it doesn’t come up. Until this week. First, there was this cryptic comment from Kyrie Irving earlier in the week about the state of the Cavaliers.
“Like I said, we’re in a peculiar place. The best thing we can do is handle things with class and professionalism.”
Friday it leaked that Kyrie Irving has asked to be traded from the Cavs. Which led to Kevin Love using the word “peculiar” in a tweet.
If you’re unfamiliar, “kick some rocks” is an impolite way of telling someone to leave, or take a walk (kicking rocks on the dirt road).
Fun times in Cleveland. Kobe Altman must be having a fun week in his new job.