Shabazz Muhammad trying to prove critics wrong
Well users on this site know Shabazz Muhammad is my favorite player, but I critique him even harder than any other player. Glaring omissions in Bazz's game include using his right hand to dribble, standing dunk, and being able to perform dribble moves a 7th grader can do. But recently that once highly heralded work ethic has been on display, as he uploaded two videos on instagram of himself working in the off-season. One video is focused on him doing a series of dribble moves with impressive speed and the other video is focused on him being able to dunk the ball and showing athleticism. This has been said before but, Shabazz Muhammad is dropping plenty weight. He almost looks as skinny as he did in his senior high school season. Seeing him now makes me question how in the world he looked so chunky during his college debut. Does anyone expect big things out of Shabazz this season?
I don't expect much in his rookie season. He's going to a team where there's a system intact and in that system, passing is involved. Bazz has to learn to facilitate and humble himself for he won't be the go-to guy on the Wolves. He's coming off the bench behind Kevin Martin, so I expect a decent, 2nd team rookie season from him. Probably 9.5 points (40%FG), 3.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game in 28 minutes of play.
I like Krypt Sharpes assesment about the system. I expect him to do better than I thought he would do during the college season and through the summer. Hes an extremely hard work and usually with personalities like that there comes improvment. Playing with rubio won't hurt either.
Also BenchKrypt or KryptWarmer?
Definitely KryptWarmer. Rolls off the tongue better (pause).
I dont expect that 28 minutes a game unless he proves himself early.
From those clips, he's still pretty average to me. His feet don't get much hangtime. He seems to be all reach.
I'm also not in love with that 3pt shot. Its not mechanically sound and if he thinks he can shoot a 3 that lazy without it getting blocked or well contested he's nuts. Nerves will get the better of him under pressure and he'll change his mechanics to suit the shot he shouldn't be taking.
Do I get mugged by gang members if I'm not?
Bazz best be careful out there in Minny. We call know about young jeezy connections to the minnesota Krypts.
Hes been able to dunk from a standing position for a while now. Some big fan you are lol
That video came out last year at the end of his high school season during his routine GRT workout, please don't come at me with stupidity.
He was chunky starting the college season because of his ankle injury. I thought that was common knowledge? Nothing hurts your confidence in your handle more than sitting out a long stretch; I think rumours of Bazz's terrible handle are overdone - Barnes was facing the same criticisms a year ago because he didn't "create his own shot" off the dribble, but he created plenty of scoring opportunities by moving off the ball, picking his moments and not over-dribbling.
Bazz is going to be fine, he'll show up at training camp in great shape barring injury, and people will see why he was so highly rated out of high school.
Also, his 3-point shot isn't lazy, it's got a high release and little unnecessary movement in it; I think once he gets his reps up and can keep his legs under him for a whole game he'll surprise people with his sharpshooting.
I respectfully disagree about Bazz's shot. His 3 point shot in that video has a bit of Jennings in it. Although Jennings can put his shot up quickly, it is at the expense of good mechanics.
You start with a good stance at the feet and work your way up, transitioning near the apex of your jump to have a nice, clean, fluid release. Straight up and down without a body lean or kicking out your feet. Not only does Bazz lean, he kicks out his feet and he will slightly fold his body at the hip. All signs of a shot that will vary in form... resulting in a below average fg%. I'm willing to bet he's under 42% fg and 35% 3 on the season. A good shooter will duplicate the same form every time with speed being the only variable. Ray Allen, Curry, Novak, Miller etc etc. They all shoot the exact same way. Dont let an open gym video clip fool you.
I don't see what you see in his shot. His release is quick and compact, he goes straight up and he stays square. He could get that shot off in a phone booth.
Jennings has way too much extra motion in his shots which causes his release point to vary. Shabazz sometimes shoots on the way up (his motion going straight through the shot pocket) and he could raise his release point a bit, but his release is very consistent.
Its a motion thats great for standstill jumpers, but not great for shooting on the move or off the dribble. If he shoots 42% it'll be because of shot selection not technique on catch and shoot jumpers.
He looks slim, which is a good sign. I was hard on him early in the year because I heard a year of hype ( next Kobe, freak athlete, etc ) and what I first saw his first college game I saw a tubby guy who had a nice left handed jumper and not much more.
I think Bazz can find a nitch scoring the ball in the NBA. He's not going to be able to bully guys like he did in college, but he can shoot and I've always liked his tendancies to follow his shot and hit the O glass.
With the Brewer and Martin singings, I think Minnesota has their starters and with Williams also in the mix at the 3 spot, and Budinger there as an athletic floor spacer, I don't see Bazz getting a ton of minutes as a rookie. I also don't know much about Micheal Gelabale, but he was a 17 mpg player last year too.
I'd bet he's at about 14 mpg and in that time I think he'll hit about 5 ppg 1.5 rpg .5 apg but if he stays in shape and really works on his handle, I think he could be a nice player going forward. Minne is trying to make the jump to a playoff team, and has some veteran guys ahead of him. I feel there aren't a ton of minutes off the bat, but I do think he'll be a guy who doesn't spend much or any time in the D-League, and spends the year with the team.