A glimpse into how the pairing of Jonathan Cumminga and James Wiseman can thrive

As far as going back to the first game of pre-season against Washington WizardsThe pairing between Jonathan Cominga and James Wiseman looked suspicious.

Two athletic samples on the field together were meant to be a recipe for high-speed possessions, running fairs, and dunkfests all over the grounds. But one important aspect made the composition of these elements on the floor seem imperfect: the lack of even spaces.

To illustrate, compare and contrast this possession as Stephen Curry receives a wide waiting period:

To this possession, as Jonathan Cominga receives an ample waiting period:

In Curry’s case, the wide interval generates a good offense. The reasons are obvious: Defenders aren’t keen on turning away from screens for Curry for obvious reasons and should try to navigate across the screen in order to prevent Curry from pulling away for a jump. But that’s where the gentle genius of Curry’s wide-angle umbrella comes in – the on-ball defender and screen defender is forced to pay attention to Curry, creating an empty corner without an assistant defender. This allows Kevon Looney to teleport to the ledge for a throwing opportunity – and while Kristaps Porzingis recovers in time to close Looney’s window, the idea and process were still sound.

However, when running the same broad action of Kuminga – with Wiseman adjusting the screen – it’s quite clear that things aren’t that easy. Kuminga isn’t curry in terms of being a jump threat, so defenders are better able to curl under those screens. Spaces become chaotic, no visible feature is created, and Kuminga is forced to drive a baseline amid a raft of objects in the paint.

Lesson learned from the above property? The main reason why this pairing didn’t work was not a question of inherent incompatibility, but a question of use.

In other words: it’s probably not ideal to put them together in screening procedures.

This coupling should continue to work even though there is no spacing; Prior to this are just two veterans of Looney and Draymond Green, both of whom rarely, if ever, participate in direct screening procedures with each other. However, this pairing outperformed the opponents 5.6 points for every 100 possessions In 659 minutes of the regular season during 2021-2022.

Looney and Green are a pairing that shouldn’t work on paper. They both have overlapping skill sets and similar shortcomings – the most obvious being that neither can shoot. But what makes up for these shortcomings is a combination of IQ and proper use.

Looney’s main task in the attack is to scan for Archers. Green also takes on a large part of the sorting responsibilities, but his ability to pass and make decisions with the ball in his hands allows him to find bowlers and breakers – the playing conductor who can link advantage creation and ultimately play to produce the attack.

Nothing is more typical of their roles in Golden State WarriorsThe work of splitting bread and butter:

In this version of the split action—usually coined as “Bilbao” (because of its origin, a professional basketball team based in Bilbao, Spain) or after the split action—Jordan Poole places a wedge screen (a screen for someone at the top of the key toward the low position). ) for Green, who receives the pass. Poole then sets a screen for Curry, who is wrinkled and cut from the inside. Poole then wraps around Looney’s screen, taking advantage of the fact that Porzingis is backing off.

Kuminga and Wiseman are younger and more athletic than veterans. The lack of experience and differences in skill set exist, but there should be enough similarities between them to replicate what Looney and Greene can do on Earth to some extent. The split procedure is one example:

With Wiseman in the default Green role as the low lane and Kuminga in Looney’s role as the split designer, Kuminga anticipates switches and counters with a sudden slide of the screen. Wiseman finds Kuminga, who ends up throwing the ball.

What makes the above separate action all the more encouraging is the fact that – unlike in ‘Bilbao’ – it was not a half-court group prepared, but the result of the attack of free-flowing warriors with built in successions and reads. The fact that 21-year-old Wiseman and 20-year-old Kominga were able to execute an unwritten possession — and score points from it — is a testament to how far they have come in their development.

It doesn’t even have to be something as complicated as a separate business. Both can benefit from each other simply through the ultimate sport combined with awareness and proper positioning. Athletics and natural gifts shine most when possession progresses into the realm of Chaos – the Warriors are arguably the best team in the league when it comes to making the most of Chaotic possessions.

Warriors try to swing the ball around to keep it moving, but Nuggets are shaky with their spin. The ball finds its way to Kuminga, who is left with the task of creating something against a defense about to tilt:

Compare the possession above to the first section of this article, and you’ll see the similarities – except for the fact that there’s no screen involved. Curry sweeps over to the weak side, while Cominga receives the ball on the wing and hits the ball past Aaron Gordon. With Wiseman in the sunken spot, Kuminga’s breakthrough creates a hypothetical empty-corner situation. Nikola Jokic is forced to help drive, leaving Wiseman open to receive the pass for an easy dunk.

This is what I had to say earlier About the Kuminga-Wiseman pairing:

On paper, two very explosive athletic talents – one winger and one big – would work well together on the ground. Ideally, Kuminga would be a ball player who would run a lot of pick-and-roll games with Wiseman; Emptying the corner during those stances and defenses might raise her arms in disgust.

But reality paints an incomplete picture. Since both Kuminga and Wiseman provide almost shooting value, the divergence when both are directly involved in an action leaves a lot to be desired.

Although it’s a sample of one game, the solution looks promising. If Kuminga and Wiseman are to deliver on the promise of a highly explosive and dynamic duo, their minutes against the Nuggets could be the scheme.

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