What is wrong with Baron? I saw a clip of him shooting 3's and he is awesome. A guy just doesn't forget how to shoot. Most of the time, an injury changes their routine and although the mind tells them to do something, their bodies just don't respond. Could this be the problem with Baron?
I watched the other night Baron dribble the ball up the court and he was moving to the left and the right, spin moves, post up's - he was unstoppable on the dribble. I have seen him make passes, no Clipper point guard has ever been able to make. As a point guard, he is incredible - until it comes time to shoot. Shots that rookies are expected to make clang off the rim for him. Let's face it, Baron knows how to shoot, we have all seen him do it. Just not on this team. Not consistently anyway.
So why is this phenominum occuring? Is it because Baron is injured? Is it related to Dunleavy's style of play? Is the teams players not compatible with Baron's skillset? Maybe Baron is more interested in movies and refuses to train. It is an enigma.
The point of this article is to discuss Baron's upside. Sure if Elton didn't lie to us, Baron would probably not be a Clipper. But we have him now and nobody else wants him - so expect to see a lot more of Baron in the future. I for one am going to cut him a break. As a passing and ball moving PG, Baron has more skills than any prior Clipper. He just needs to attack the basket more and reduce the difficulty on his shot selection (at least till he is healthy). It is hard for a top level PG to play with a crappy team that loses all the time. It is humiliating and saps your motivation. This year is a write-off anyway due to injuries.
Dunleavy needs to hand this team over to Baron for the rest of the year and see what happens, His style has been unsuccessful every year but one. In that year we were defensive monsters. With Baron, Thornton and Randolph, we will never again be defensive monsters. We need to work to our strengths and those strengths mesh well with Barons style. He likes it fast, PG dominated and unstructured. Even he doesnt know where the ball with go most of the time. With all the shooters on our team, we need to average over 100 to be winners. Dunleavy likes to score 80-90 points per game and that wont cut it with this team.
What do we have to lose? I think the team needs to have a meeting and create an agreed upon playbook. Dunleavy is having a rough year - if he is going to stay he needs to make some adjustments. Otherwise, we need someone else leading our team next year.