Valentine, Dunn, and Holiday?!
Houston is pouring in 1.28 points per possession on any trip featuring a Gordon drive, 11th among 139 players who have recorded at least 75 drives, according to Second Spectrum. (For the morbidly curious: Justin Holiday, Kris Dunn, and Denzel Valentine comprise three of the bottom five on that list, with Valentine bringing up the rear. Go Bulls! At the top, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Courtney Lee -- Courtney Lee! -- are in a three-way tie.)
Valentine’s problem is he isn’t athletic enough to get all the way to the rim, instead he has to opt for less efficient floaters. He also avoids contact like the Bubonic plague. Enjoy this video courtesy of The Athletic’s Stephen Noh.
Dunn has shown an ability to break down defenses with his speed and athleticism, but his 57.4 percent shooting percentage from 0-3 feet from the basket is better than last year but still not good (league average is 65.4 percent).
Kris Dunn inside finishing pic.twitter.com/s1hk18bE3A— BlogABull.com (@BullsBlogger) December 5, 2017
Holiday is the guy that if you watch the games, you wouldn’t necessarily pick up that he has been awful on drives as well. But, he’s shot 57.1 percent from 0-3 feet from the basket on 4.1 drives per game this season.
It’s an unfriendly reminder of how badly this team needs playmakers and/or guys that can create their own shot.