The Heat have become incredibly reliant on both Waiters and Dragic to break teams down off the dribble. One stat unearthed by the Miami Herald makes it clear: Miami goes from shooting 45.2 percent from 3-point range when Waiters and Dragic are on the court to 33.5 percent when one of them (or both) is on the bench. The former would lead the NBA by a significant margin while the latter would be better than only five teams. Whether it’s in transition, isolation or the pick-and-roll, Waiters’ ability to get into the paint has created a lot of open looks for his teammates in the form of kickouts.
The following possession is perhaps the best example of how Dragic and Waiters play off each other. Waiters gets a first shot at creating a basket for himself out of the pick-and-roll with Hassan Whiteside, who is one of the best rollers in the NBA. When the Hawks crowd him outside the paint, he sets Dragic up for a drive to the basket by whipping the ball out to him on the perimeter. Dragic draws a second defender when he gets into the paint and finds Waiters in the corner, who then passes it to Luke Babbitt when Paul Millsap closes out on him.
The Kings came out of the draft with point guard De’Aaron Fox and forwards Justin Jackson and Harry Giles, then made three shrewd signings to add veteran depth, landing Zach Randolph, George Hill and Vince Carter. The West is still loaded and a playoff spot is a tall order, but Divac has restored credibility to his operation.
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