The top four scorers for the Bucks this year were
- Monta Ellis (1,577 points)
- Brandon Jennings (1,397 points)
- Ersan Ilyasova (962 points)
- Mike Dunleavy (785 points)
While the Heat’s goal should be to limit the offensive effectiveness of all four players, it is clear how important Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings are to the Bucks’ offense, so they should especially be the focus of the Heat’s defense.
- Monta Ellis has been a terrible shooter this season…
- ….except from the right baseline area, where he is actually above average.
- But let’s get real — he’s 19 for 88 from the right side of the three point line — THIS SEASON. Steph Curry could probably have 19 threes in one game if he really wanted to. (Actually that was Deron Williams, but we can all pretend it was Steph Curry).
- Brandon Jennings is less terrible than Monta Ellis (which is not saying much), but is still not great.
- Jennings takes a lot of threes, and he makes threes at a slightly-higher-than-average rate.
- Jennings is not a very good finisher — he’s shooting 43% from right around the rim.
- Man, Ersan can stroke it from deep! (54.72% from straight-ahead threes).
- I’d be afraid of Ersan on some pick-and-pop action, especially on high screen and rolls.
- He’s also a dual threat — he shoots around league average around the paint (52%).
- First, everyone, meet Mike Dunleavy:
- Like Ersan, Dunleavy can shoot the ball from three point range.
- He seems to be more effective shooting from the right side of the court than the left — he not only attempts more shots from the right, but he also shoots a better percentage as well.
- It is going to be interesting to see if the Heat force Dunleavy to his left, because it certainly seems that he has some go-to spots on the right side of the court.