Every now and then, a big man comes along with a good mid-range jumpshot. They're tall and agile, but generally a bit thin, and not a fan of contact. They can, however, splash down many an open look from just inside the arc, and they show a strong preference for it.
No matter what you do, those players always seem to wind up as being three point shooters.
It's basically inevitable, and Channing Frye went the same way. Frye can drive the ball, Frye can post up a little bit, Frye can pick and pop, and Frye can pick and roll. Yet as much as the Knicks may have wanted to convert him into a low post player, it didn't work, and as he's aged, Frye has added three point range to his offensive game at the expense of everything else. He is not strong and avoids contact - which counts against him significantly both defensively and on the glass - and Frye would much rather spend his weeks facing the basket from 20 to 25 feet away, swinging the ball around the perimeter and setting limp screens, looking for the jumpshot opportunity.
There's not really anything wrong with that, per se. Threes are better than long twos, regardless of what purists might say, and being a 6'11 three point shooter is almost always a mismatch advantage. But imagine a player who could do both, shooting from the perimeter and fighting on the inside. That player, were he to exist, would be a hell of an asset.
Unfortunately, most of the candidates don't want to know.
- 8th November, 2009.