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  • ARMIR
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    Originally posted by JAMSKIE View Post
    I think one offensive aspect that Kai can really develop to become one of his main offensive weapon would be medium range jump shot from 15 to 18 feet. I think Kai naturally has a good touch from medium range. Remember that his freethrow percentage is impressive for a big man.

    Kai should be talking those mid-range jumpers more often may it be games in the B-league or in FIBA.
    But he won't evident even in Bleague any player over 6'5 in front of him he passed the ball.

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  • Rds
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    Originally posted by ARMIR View Post


    Also the fact that the Bleague refs,were very generous when it comes to Kai sometimes camping in the shaded lane waiting for the pass or to block a shot,he won't see that kind of generosity even in the Summer League.Ever since he played with that pg who pads his assists stats,he almost totally abandoned his short and midrange shots,he even have this ugly shot ala Zack Edey that just throws the ball in the ring,I wished that he developed running hook shot more,that would been his go to shot.I can't wait for him to go back to Summer League and read all his biased vlog supporters making excuses,I just don't see him matching up on Chet,which btw bloggers thinks is overrated and Kai is better than him.
    There is no defensive 3 second in Fiba. I think B league follows that. One of the major differences in NBA.

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  • ARMIR
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    Originally posted by paolylo View Post

    That’s a nice to have at the NBA level but with his skillset, he’s not going to be asked to receive passes or even fake handoffs from that range. Sa B.League siguro he becomes unguardable if he shoots and makes midrange shots where the help is just a 5’11-6’2 Japanese guy (kasi import lagi bantay niya). So imagine Kai getting a pass and he’s midrange, where does he go if it’s a 6’4-6’7 nigga who’ll get to his spot before he even makes a move? Chances are he’ll pass out or try to hold the ball high and stagnate the offense (which happened often in Australia). It’s been established that he can’t just bulk up til he loses what’s left of his agility. So with his improvement offensively in the paint, how does he help anyone in the NBA? No one sets up low post plays anymore because these analytics staff tell players to shoot when they’re open because it’s a better shot than being guarded with his back to the basket… tapos punyeta kita mo lahat ng mga squatter sa FB sumisigaw ng “bakaw” sa guard as if never nakapanood ng NBA since 2015.

    Also the fact that the Bleague refs,were very generous when it comes to Kai sometimes camping in the shaded lane waiting for the pass or to block a shot,he won't see that kind of generosity even in the Summer League.Ever since he played with that pg who pads his assists stats,he almost totally abandoned his short and midrange shots,he even have this ugly shot ala Zack Edey that just throws the ball in the ring,I wished that he developed running hook shot more,that would been his go to shot.I can't wait for him to go back to Summer League and read all his biased vlog supporters making excuses,I just don't see him matching up on Chet,which btw bloggers thinks is overrated and Kai is better than him.

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  • paolylo
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    Originally posted by JAMSKIE View Post

    But I think the triangle offense that coach Tim Cone runs at Gilas team would give Kai some good looks at 15-18 feet.
    That’s a nice to have at the NBA level but with his skillset, he’s not going to be asked to receive passes or even fake handoffs from that range. Sa B.League siguro he becomes unguardable if he shoots and makes midrange shots where the help is just a 5’11-6’2 Japanese guy (kasi import lagi bantay niya). So imagine Kai getting a pass and he’s midrange, where does he go if it’s a 6’4-6’7 nigga who’ll get to his spot before he even makes a move? Chances are he’ll pass out or try to hold the ball high and stagnate the offense (which happened often in Australia). It’s been established that he can’t just bulk up til he loses what’s left of his agility. So with his improvement offensively in the paint, how does he help anyone in the NBA? No one sets up low post plays anymore because these analytics staff tell players to shoot when they’re open because it’s a better shot than being guarded with his back to the basket… tapos punyeta kita mo lahat ng mga squatter sa FB sumisigaw ng “bakaw” sa guard as if never nakapanood ng NBA since 2015.

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  • lurklurk
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    Originally posted by IPC View Post

    On the defense, normally he should given time until maybe 2027, where he'll be 25.

    However, in the Gilas context, the only good frontcourt defenders we have are AJ, Brownlee (NP), and Ange (NP). JB's old and due to retire soon, AJ's injury prone, and Ange will always be subordinate to a go-to guy type NP. I mentioned this in the seniors thread. I think Kai has until JB's retirement to improve his defense, so he has to improve on that end quickly. If he doesn't by then, we might be giving up one too many easy baskets against good Asian teams when AJ sits or is injured.
    Kai as a drop big has potential. His blk% has always been at 5.5 to 6.5 range.

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  • IPC
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    Originally posted by paolylo View Post
    Mid range jumpers these days are unfortunately taken by what the defense gives. I don't see a lot of defenses vs Kai in his games that pressure the ball handler into giving Kai a look from 15-18 feet. It's either that 2-man game with the point (like Kawamura) where Kai has daylight to attack the paint or point guard dribble handoffs from just outside the 3 point line where bigs are just daring him to shoot that slow release outside jumper. If any, he's got to expand his range on that floater/semi-hook because he seems to be open a lot from under 12-ish feet.

    He's not a Holmgren or a Wembanyama with a license to handle the ball where he'll end up getting a mismatch in space where a midrange shot becomes an option once the defense gets back. Agree with the others who said his defense still needs work. Not a knock on his defense per se, but world class FIBA players and NBA players are just that much better than B.League players.
    On the defense, normally he should given time until maybe 2027, where he'll be 25.

    However, in the Gilas context, the only good frontcourt defenders we have are AJ, Brownlee (NP), and Ange (NP). JB's old and due to retire soon, AJ's injury prone, and Ange will always be subordinate to a go-to guy type NP. I mentioned this in the seniors thread. I think Kai has until JB's retirement to improve his defense, so he has to improve on that end quickly. If he doesn't by then, we might be giving up one too many easy baskets against good Asian teams when AJ sits or is injured.

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  • JAMSKIE
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    Originally posted by paolylo View Post

    Mid range jumpers these days are unfortunately taken by what the defense gives. I don't see a lot of defenses vs Kai in his games that pressure the ball handler into giving Kai a look from 15-18 feet. It's either that 2-man game with the point (like Kawamura) where Kai has daylight to attack the paint or point guard dribble handoffs from just outside the 3 point line where bigs are just daring him to shoot that slow release outside jumper. If any, he's got to expand his range on that floater/semi-hook because he seems to be open a lot from under 12-ish feet.

    He's not a Holmgren or a Wembanyama with a license to handle the ball where he'll end up getting a mismatch in space where a midrange shot becomes an option once the defense gets back. Agree with the others who said his defense still needs work. Not a knock on his defense per se, but world class FIBA players and NBA players are just that much better than B.League players.
    But I think the triangle offense that coach Tim Cone runs at Gilas team would give Kai some good looks at 15-18 feet.

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  • paolylo
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    Originally posted by JAMSKIE View Post
    I think one offensive aspect that Kai can really develop to become one of his main offensive weapon would be medium range jump shot from 15 to 18 feet. I think Kai naturally has a good touch from medium range. Remember that his freethrow percentage is impressive for a big man.

    Kai should be talking those mid-range jumpers more often may it be games in the B-league or in FIBA.
    Mid range jumpers these days are unfortunately taken by what the defense gives. I don't see a lot of defenses vs Kai in his games that pressure the ball handler into giving Kai a look from 15-18 feet. It's either that 2-man game with the point (like Kawamura) where Kai has daylight to attack the paint or point guard dribble handoffs from just outside the 3 point line where bigs are just daring him to shoot that slow release outside jumper. If any, he's got to expand his range on that floater/semi-hook because he seems to be open a lot from under 12-ish feet.

    He's not a Holmgren or a Wembanyama with a license to handle the ball where he'll end up getting a mismatch in space where a midrange shot becomes an option once the defense gets back. Agree with the others who said his defense still needs work. Not a knock on his defense per se, but world class FIBA players and NBA players are just that much better than B.League players.

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  • JAMSKIE
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    I think one offensive aspect that Kai can really develop to become one of his main offensive weapon would be medium range jump shot from 15 to 18 feet. I think Kai naturally has a good touch from medium range. Remember that his freethrow percentage is impressive for a big man.

    Kai should be talking those mid-range jumpers more often may it be games in the B-league or in FIBA.

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  • IPC
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    Originally posted by ARMIR View Post
    AJ is best suited as a stretch PF and he excel in that position,he can play small center,but as of now Kouame is now a better player full time at center,his footwork and finishing touches had improved so much that if he's in the Bleague he would probably demolish Kai in one on one situation.
    Originally posted by Chasedown View Post
    I disagree, Kai is not a pushover anymore and he’s facing better competition in Bleague with some former NBA players and MVP’s in other leagues.
    Kai improved offensively, and made gains on defense as well. Not a pushover anymore, I agree.

    Defensively, I read that Kai defended Jonathon Williams quite well in Japan. Plus, he has a block percentage of 5.1% this season, which is quite high. Yokohama's DRTG with Kai on the floor is 108.5, compared to 112.3 overall, nearly 4 points better.

    He still has work to do in terms of rim deterrence. I can still see him being late on rotations and giving up shots near the basket on those situations, as well as shots being made on him. Even if he doesn't block the shot, as long as he forces misses, that should do. And we can't do much about him being blown by small guards when switched, he needs backside help there.

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  • Metta
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    Originally posted by magic_chiongson View Post

    kinda similar with jalen green in the nba, he's been tearing it up after the all-star break. before that he played like a g-leaguer
    That's a good example. It happens often with high lottery picks. They already have the physical and skills tools but when they figure out the mental part, their game takes a leap.

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  • ARMIR
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    The 2024 NBA Mock Draft is out and guess who's not on it.No1 is an 18 year old NBL player,described as he’s become a strong candidate to go No. 1 thanks to some of the offensive flashes of 3-point range, pull-up shooting and open-floor ball-handling—unique skills for a 7-foot-1, switchable rim protector.As you go down the list of the big men or centers,almost all of them are switchable rim protectors,big men now has to defend against the tall SFs and PFs that shoots alot at the perimeter and the ability to have a midrange and open floor ball handling.I think this is the flavor of the decade,for the centers,and the era of a pure passing pg is not hot at the moment,so players like Kai who depends on a very generous pg is in trouble.

    Link to the mock https://www.nba.com/news/bleacher-re...-play-heats-up

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  • magic_chiongson
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    Originally posted by Metta View Post

    You're discovering how big of a factor the mental game is. He's basically the same player, but with more confidence and aggressiveness.

    Players can turn into a totally different player after even just one game. When something clicks inside a player's brain, characteristics like effort, toughness, competitiveness (which are all mental) suddenly becomes higher. Then when he truly realizes the value of work ethic (training, working out) that's when you see a leap.
    kinda similar with jalen green in the nba, he's been tearing it up after the all-star break. before that he played like a g-leaguer

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  • IPC
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    Originally posted by magic_chiongson View Post
    played limited minutes after getting benched in the first half due to early foul trouble on questionable calls, but was able to bounce back in the 2nd half. his rebounds per minute stat is comparable to his recent double-double games. his previous game though was subpar (6 rebounds in 30 mins) compared to this one (6 rebounds in 20 mins)
    6 rebounds pala ang last Saturday. I must have looked at the wrong player, or left the box score too early. In that case, played at least above average. He had two blocks yesterday, so that makes up for that subpar performance last Saturday.

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