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Having another year of Thompson would have helped, as you say.

The only hesitation I would have in your assessment is this: With no inside scoring threats at all and no one who could create his own shot except Shayok, I suspect it's more likely that coaches told him to hunt his shot in isolation than that he did so on his own.

That is a guess on my part, I could be wrong, but TB has never shown a long rope for players who try ISO when they don't have the green light to do so in those game circumstances. What you chalk up to selfishness may have been more of a directive from TB, who in turn felt pressure to do so because no one else could really create their own shot -- Jerome was not at that level yet, Guy was dependent on screens, Thompson was more of a spot-up shooter whose athleticism was better suited to an up-tempo transition team; Hall was pretty limited at creating his own shot even though he was strong in many facets of the game.

That does not excuse other areas of weakness for Shayok as a ball handler, decision-maker and defender, but those lackings are further evidence TB felt he had no choice but give Shayok lots of rope, and my guess is TB thought he could coach improvements because from most accounts Shayok was an intense, hard-working player.

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Posted: 10/16/2020 at 5:08PM


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