What Stan Van Gundy needs to do in order to generate open shots for Rashard Lewis
In the aftermath of Game 2 …
This is now a central topic for discussion, on the part of Magic fans and other NBA observers.
In reality …
The answer is very simple.
1. Stop posting up Dwight Howard on the block.
2. Start using Dwight Howard in repeated ”2/3-5, High Middle, Pick and Roll” situations …
i. With the following players on the court:
Off Guard/#2 – Vince Carter
Center/#5 – Dwight Howard
Point Guard/#1 – Jameer Nelson
Small Forward/#3 – Mickael Pietrus
Power Forward/#4 – Rashard Lewis
ii. Located in the following positions on the court:
Off Guard/#2-Small Forward/#3, as The Ball-handler
Center/#5, as The Pick and Roller
Point Guard/#1, in The Original Ball Side Corner
Small Forward/#3-Off Guard/#2, at The Original Ball Side Free Throw Line Extended
Power Forward/#4 – in The Original Weak Side Corner
3. Demand that their #2-3′s attack the Hedging Pick Defender, by going around him toward the Original Weak Side of the floor and, then, looking for one of the following options:
a. His own drive to the basket;
b. A lob pass to D-12, for a dunk opportunity;
c. A kickout pass to Rashard Lewis for an uncontested 3PT shot from the corner;
d. A throwback pass to Mickael Pietrus for an uncontested 3PT shot, as he re-locates to the Top Of The Key position [following Howard's roll to the basket];
e. A cross-court skip pass to Jameer Nelson for an uncontested 3PT shot, as he re-locates to the New Weak Side Free Throw Line Extended position.
If Orlando runs this simple set play … this exact way … it will generate, either:
I. Open shots galore for Rashard Lewis;
II. A career night for one of Vincent Lamar Carter, or Mickael Pietrus, as their primary ball-handler.
PS. Hopefully, Stan Van Gundy is paying close attention to what’s written here.