Rudy makes ZLowe's All-Intriguing team
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Bargnani is in there as well, if you're interested

Eric Bledsoe, Anthony Davis, Evan Turner, and the NBA's All-Intriguing Team - Grantland

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Watching tape of the Rudy-era Toronto offense, I can't help but think of George Karl's teams in Denver. Those clubs often featured an undersize water bug point guard (Ty Lawson or Kyle Lowry) and two wings with unreliable outside shots. Both Denver and Rudy-era Toronto featured a ton of pick-and-rolls all over the floor as well as plays on which those so-so shooting wings would fly off sideline screens and catch the ball on the move.

And that's where the similarities ended at the moment of that catch. Denver's wings knew they had to keep the motion going hesitation meant death, and benching. Even if they had no obvious opening, Andre Iguodala or Danilo Gallinari would catch the ball, maintain speed, and either try to drive into the lane or pitch the ball out to the next man in line.

Gay and DeMar DeRozan, trade candidates if Toronto plays poorly over a very tough first 35 games, don't operate this way. They like to either launch midrange shots off the catch or hold the ball, pause, and survey the scene, giving the defense a chance to reset itself.

Good things might happen if they just kept the damn thing moving. Both are artful at slithering through tight spaces on the way to the rim. Neither is a good passer, but they can at least make the functional pass, and DeRozan got better last season at understanding where his teammates were on the floor.2

Look, Gay's never going to live up to his contract or work as a major plus on defense. Toronto just needs him to be average on that end and refine his shoot/pass/dribble choices a bit on offense. It will help if he can rediscover the 3-point stroke that seems to have vanished since his shoulder injury in 2011. Gay shot an unthinkable 9-of-44 on spot-up triples as a Raptor, but he had eye surgery in the summer to correct his vision, and he could get plenty of decent looks from deep with Lowry and DeRozan doing their fair share of pick-and-roll work. Toronto also played Gay at power forward some toward the end of last season, and with only three reliable bigs on the roster, they should revisit that style.

Gay has a $19.3 million player option for next season, and though Toronto expected him to opt out when it traded for him last season, the league is still trying to suss out Gay's plans and his trade value.
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wow never knew he was 9-44 from spot up 3's. Hopefully he gets his 3pt shot down.
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Interesting that he found our offense similar to George Karl's, Casey was formerly an assistant for Karl, wasn't he?
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Interesting that he found our offense similar to George Karl's, Casey was formerly an assistant for Karl, wasn't he?
Yep - in Seattle.
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i think he found our offense similar based on the players we have. as he compared lowry to lawson. and our wings who cant shoot to their wings who cant shoot.
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