Jalen Smith

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  1. Mainstreet

    Mainstreet Registered User Contributor

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    In addition to rebounding another thing Jalen Smith can do well is block shots. He blocked one and almost blocked another.

    Suns fans have always wanted a shot blocker and they have one here.

    Also Jalen is an excellent shooter. It's all about confidence right now but he can flat out shoot.

    What we have seen from him so far does not indicate how well he will shoot once he gets comfortable.
     
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    Not ready to anoint him a shotblocker yet. He has 2 in 4 games.

    and not be snarky, but how does one “almost” block a shot? You either do or don’t.
     
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    bridges was an “excellent” shooter in college as well and has been average at best in the pros.

    until guys show their shooting translates to the speed and spacing of an NBA game, I take a wait and see attitude towards anointing anyone a shooter, much less an excellent one.
     
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    Jalen came over and almost blocked a shot near the rim. He darn near got it. I'm sure he will get more than his share of weak side blocks where the shooter doesn't have a clue he is coming over to help.

    In his sophomore season he average 2.4 blocks a game.

    Also Jalen has some serious hops to go with a 7'2.25'' wingspan and a 9'2.00'' standing reach.
     
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    IMO, someone messed with Bridges shot once he got to the NBA. There is even some video out there which seems to hint at it.
     
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    Yup. Igor Kokoskov.
     
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    He may have almost blocked a shot, but he didn’t. Coming close is no different than not coming close at all of the result is the same. What if the majority of his block attempts are almosts instead of actual blocks? It means he’s not a shotblocker. He was in college, but as I said in the thread about him as a prospect, I don’t think he has the quick twitch necessary to be a consistent shotblocker at the nba level. Close just doesn’t count. We’ll see.

    and when a player is going into their third year you can forget what they did in college because that no longer matters. So bridges’ shooting in college is really immaterial at this point.
     
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    When I went to summer league, man his shot was a lot smoother and quick. Then came the season and his shooting woes during his rookie season.
     
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    I'm not sure who's responsible, but he developed what looks like a double hitch. He always went left to right when bringing the ball up, but there was no hitch in college.


     
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    Is it just me or is Bridges hitch completely gone... again. He looked smooth against the Mavs tonight.
     
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    thiught the same thing
     
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    I can't find the article that went into this but that double hitch in that video was Mikal specifically slowing it down and working on not bringing the ball left to right on the gather. If you look at his shot now his gather is mostly vertical and has no hitch.
     
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    That's what I remember Mikal was just practicing. People blew it out of contexts.
     
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    Watching Smith. He plays like he belongs. Looks focused on the game and doesn’t seem lost or seem like he trying to show off his skills or athleticism. That’s a good sign for a rookie.
     
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    Not seeing what everyone else is quite yet. What timing that we get Hallucinating for two games in a row.
     

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