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And BTW the article is WRONG on a lot of points. Those numbers aren't at all what they appear to be. They didn't run many 5 out sets at all and when Walton did it was like pulling teeth or as a last resort late in the clock. Also, Fox's breakout games always correlated the way they should have, with an open paint. I logged some of the possessions that resulted in many of the problems in real time in the game threads within the bubble. Also his reluctance on putting shooting as a priority when spreading was what was most frustrating. Like benching a Buddy Hield in favor of a Cory Joseph and watching Luka dump Wilt numbers all over him anyway. Walton would typically run senseless motion and as Joerger did, even some completely embarrassing weave style hand off ball like his predecessor.
Sure I could find examples of them running good plays, and those plays worked. But they were far and few between. Almost all the problems on the floor are a result of bad, or no coaching. Fox even admitted that there were times when he felt lost, which comes from lack of direction. From what I hear were stuck with him for another year, which means were into on the job training now. I'm not a huge fan of Cory Joseph because he's a ball pounder with little court vision, but in the last five minutes of a close game, Buddy is a liability. He's a terrible defender, careless with the ball at critical moments of the game.
Buddy has an Offrtg of 108.9 while having a Defrtg of 111.9. That's a net minus of 3.1. He has a usage rate of 26.3, which is way too high in my opinion. Whether you liked Joerger or not, Buddy was a better player under him. Joerger held him accountable and had him taking more assisted shots than unassisted. Little things win games. Turnovers at the beginning of a game are as important as those at the end. Maybe if you do all the little things right at the beginning of the game, it won't come down to a last second shot to win. If the most important thing to a player is whether he starts or not, then I have no use for him. Unless his name is Kevin Durant, or Lebron James etc. The name Buddy doesn't do it for me.