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  • inthepaint wrote: View Post
    It's only pre-season, but Norm over the last 2 games is 7/10 from 3, 100% FT%, 36 points, and only one turnover in 39 minutes...
    I'd love to see Powell attack the paint more, and not necessarily the rim. Maybe use a floater to punish bigs like Capela for sitting in the lane, waiting to block his lay-ups.

    7/10 from 3 is unsustainable and people will be calling for Powell's head as soon as he regresses to the mean. I've never liked Powell in this off-ball play-finisher role that completely minimizes his dynamic talent. Eric Koreen of The Athletic says "You would like to see more than one assist from a player with Powell’s dynamism" - well, if 100% of Powell's made threes are assisted and those threes account for ~60% of his scoring, then it's pretty obvious that he's not going to get a ton of assists playing the way he is right now.

    Literally all the Raptors have to do to unleash Powell is give him the ball and let him go to work. He needs the ball in his hands to maximize his impact on the game. But instead they're still using him in the same off-ball role where he has been a negative impact player for the last two years.

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    • DerozansSpurs wrote: View Post

      I'd love to see Powell attack the paint more, and not necessarily the rim. Maybe use a floater to punish bigs like Capela for sitting in the lane, waiting to block his lay-ups.

      7/10 from 3 is unsustainable and people will be calling for Powell's head as soon as he regresses to the mean. I've never liked Powell in this off-ball play-finisher role that completely minimizes his dynamic talent. Eric Koreen of The Athletic says "You would like to see more than one assist from a player with Powell’s dynamism" - well, if 100% of Powell's made threes are assisted and those threes account for ~60% of his scoring, then it's pretty obvious that he's not going to get a ton of assists playing the way he is right now.

      Literally all the Raptors have to do to unleash Powell is give him the ball and let him go to work. He needs the ball in his hands to maximize his impact on the game. But instead they're still using him in the same off-ball role where he has been a negative impact player for the last two years.
      Yes, no one in the league will shoot 70% from 3 obviously, the league average is about 36%. Last year Norm shot 40% from deep. If he replicates that which is realistic and attainable, that will space the floor well for him and for others. As for his assists, I think he has the speed and athleticism to collapse the paint on his drives and open up the floor, what he needs is good decision making as quick as his feet, so he can find the open man inside or in the perimeter for the assist.

      In other words, to raise his assists without raising the turnovers, his decision-making needs to catch up with his explosiveness. I think from two years ago to last year there was big growth there, and this year he looks even more polished. But I agree, it's a waste to have a guy with Norm's athleticism and speed just spotting up off-ball. I fell like once he cements his place as a starter and finally has a defined role in the backcourt, he'll have a very impactful year
      ==Glad to have doubted the doubters==

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      • Why do I kept getting notifications everytime someone post in the Norman Powell thread?
        What it do baybeeee!!

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          • Has a huge opportunity this year. He might start playing to the level of his contract and give Masai more flexibility to make something happen.

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            • Preseason looks like Norm & and OG should have plenty of opportunity to establish themselves as 25-30 mpg starters. The other wing guys are not very good.

              I'm most interested in some of the weird lineups, like super small and super big: Kyle/Fred/Norm/OG/Pascal and Kyle/OG/Pascal/Serge/Gasol. Small look for Golden State type lineups and big look for Philly/Lakers.
              "We're playing in a building." -- Kawhi Leonard

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              • No one attacks like Powell. Since he was a rookie, he shot 40%. There are players who are the best in terms of speed but Norm is different from them. This year, i’ve seen a development from him. Look at his assists, a player like him is what Raptors really need for the upcoming season. He is valuable for the team’s roster and I’m rooting a lot for him. He was a decent player and contributes whenever he’s asked to sub.

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                • magnusss wrote: View Post
                  No one attacks like Powell. Since he was a rookie, he shot 40%. There are players who are the best in terms of speed but Norm is different from them. This year, i’ve seen a development from him. Look at his assists, a player like him is what Raptors really need for the upcoming season. He is valuable for the team’s roster and I’m rooting a lot for him. He was a decent player and contributes whenever he’s asked to sub.
                  I noticed that Norm and Fred have been hitting more F*** You 3's. I think they learned that from Kawhi.

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                  • DerozansSpurs wrote: View Post

                    Literally all the Raptors have to do to unleash Powell is give him the ball and let him go to work. He needs the ball in his hands to maximize his impact on the game. But instead they're still using him in the same off-ball role where he has been a negative impact player for the last two years.
                    I've always wanted to see Powell be utilized as a facilitator. I think he has that in him, and that's when he would be most effective imo. He's not a spot up shooter.

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