Blake Griffin and 9 Explosive Stars Who Have Huge Holes in Their Game
The NBA is filled with high-flying and explosive stars who truly make the league marketable and give the fans a show. However, that doesn't mean these stars don't have big flaws in their game.
All of the following stars are no doubt extremely talented, but they each have a gaping hole in their game.
So sit back, put your feet up and read while I talk about a hole in what could be your favorite player's game.
Blake Griffin- Shooting
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Arguably the most explosive and entertaining player in the league. He gives you 110 percent every play and never stops working.
Though true, Griffin does not contain a solid mid-range jumper. This tool could be very useful for Griffin as a big man so he isn't always relying on his athleticism and it would make him an even more dynamic player.
He has improved over the past two years from making 33 percent of his shots between 16 and 23 feet away in 2011 to 37 percent this season. If he continues to work on this it would be just another thing defenders would need to worry about with Griffin.
It's also important to note that he should improve upon his free throw shooting as well, since he shot just .521 from the line this year.
The man can throw down hard, but he needs to develop a mid-range game.
DeAndre Jordan- Shooting
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DeAndre Jordan will always find his way to the rim to bring home a flashy dunk, but he is an atrocious shooter.
The same problem as his teammate, but worse. In fact, whether you choose to believe this or not, Jordan made his first shot outside the paint this year for the first time in his career against the Charlotte Bobcats.
That's right. Jordan hit his first shot outside the paint in his fourth year of his NBA career. As you can see in the video, he was just as surprised as you.
Although he jokes about the milestone (I guess for him it is) in an interview after the game, there is no doubt that he has a serious shooting problem.
Rajon Rondo- Shooting
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Rajon Rondo is by far one of the best point guards in the league and really established himself as one the top players in the league.
A triple-double machine, we'd all be inclined to say there is nothing this man can't do, right? Well, not so fast. He has a shooting woe.
Rondo is evidently a pass-first player considering he led the league in assists with 11.7 per game. However, that does not mean he should not have this ability.
He gets his points by driving to the basket, which is fine. But similar to Griffin's case, just imagine if defenders also had to play Rondo tight all the time because they were worried about him shooting.
Rondo is already a great player without a good shot, but if he adds one, his skill-set just becomes scary.
JaVale McGee- Basketball IQ
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I don't think I need to explain myself that much considering this happened. Fans are already calling him an enigma because of this problem.
To put it in nicer terms, JaVale McGee isn't the smartest basketball player out there. Through watching McGee play, it seems that he just isn't 100 percent focused during the game and doesn't always execute.
He needs a different mentality during games where he executes every play and is always aware with what is going on. He has the size and athleticism to be a top center, but he needs to have a better approach to the game.
McGee can be explosive with a showcase dunk or a filthy block, but he needs to develop a better basketball IQ.
Russell Westbrook- Basketball IQ
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Alright, not in the same way as McGee, but Russell Westbrook needs to develop a better basketball IQ.
Westbrook is definitely in the top tier of point guards, but he needs to make better decisions with the ball. Now I'm not one to quickly criticize Westbrook for taking a lot of shots instead of passing to Durant because he needs to take a lot of shots to draw defenders off Durant.
But I do think he should refrain from is taking bad shots and he should work on making the right pass instead of taking that bad shot.
He is just 23 years old and has time to work on this. Perhaps he will learn through coming of age, but the problem exists regardless and hopefully will get fixed.
He is easily one of, if not, the most athletic and quickest point guard in the league. If he can develop an elite basketball IQ then there is nothing to say he cannot be the best point guard in the game.
John Wall- Turnovers
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John Wall is already one of the best point guards in the league, but he has a turnover problem.
In fact, Wall recorded more turnovers than any other player this year with 255. This problem really generates from poor decision making, so you could say this also deals with his basketball IQ in the way it does for Westbrook.
Again, it could just be natural growing pains entering the league because these are the types of things that players tend to deal with in their first years.
There is no doubt the hole can be fixed. It's just a matter of executing each possession more and learning more about the game overall.
Monta Ellis- Defense
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Monta Ellis may have the ability to score at will, but he strongly lacks defensive ability.
This season Ellis had a defensive rating of 109, per basketball-reference.com. For those of you who are uninformed of this stat, it is an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions. As you can already conclude yourself, that's a pretty bad defensive rating, to say the least.
Ellis has played almost his entire career with Golden State where defense is non-existent, so that obviously did not help the cause.
Josh Smith- Shooting
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Another athletic flyer, but also another one who has trouble shooting (did you think we were done with the shooting problem? That's a good one.)
This postseason Smith shot .368 from the field. Shooting 76 percent from the fee throw line, Smith struggles with foul shots as well.
Smith is hands-down one of the most athletic guys in the league. He would be even more effective as a player with a good mid-range game.
His ability to shoot the basketball has been a hole in his game from day one of entering the league. Although it has made some strides over the years, it still needs improvement.
Andre Iguodala- Shooting
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This is the nearly the identical case as Smith— An extremely athletic high-flyer who can penetrate the lane but struggles shooting mid-range and at the line.
Andre Iguodala is very good at a lot of things, but not necessarily great at one thing. This holds true, but he does not have a good shot.
Iguodala did show up for the Sixers this postseason so luckily the problem did not become a major issue in the playoffs. Same thing goes for his free throw shooting considering he won the series against the Bulls making two key foul shots in crunch time.
But still, he shot a mediocre 61.7 percent from the free throw line this year and struggled with his mid-range jumpers.
Dwyane Wade- Perimeter Shooting
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A two-time NBA champion and once Finals MVP— some say he has solidified his name as one of the best to ever play the game.
Though this may be true, Dwyane Wade is not the best outside shooter. He shot just .268 from three point range this year and he has done even worse in the past.
As an elite two-guard and future member of the Hall of Fame, perimeter shooting has never been a key part to his game.