Kyle Leath, an NBA scout working for the Nuggets, is also working for DB.com. He provides you with gameday Advance Scouting Reports on Mavs opponents. Today: Scouting the Raptors, who are at the AAC tonight:
Toronto Raptors at Dallas Mavericks 730 p.m. Friday
|F- Andrea Bargnani
||F- Shawn Marion
|F- Rasual Butler
||F- Dirk Nowitzki
|C- Amir Johnson
||C- Brendan Haywood
|G- DeMar DeRozan
||G- Delonte West
|G- Jose Calderon
||G- Jason Kidd
• In the half-court will run high pick/roll sets with Calderon, Barbosa and DeRozan.
• Calderon not as fast as some point guards in the league but a pinpoint passer who can find open man on break.
• Will open up the middle and iso Bargnani on block. Weak side wing will cut to ball.
• Run 1-4 high (UCLA) sets.
• Bargnani can step out and shoot three and also effective from the elbow.
• DeRozan is becoming a very good player. Good quickness to get to the rim and can shoot perimeter shot. Overall athleticism not unlike OKC's Westbrook, as you see here:
• Still trying to get to the level of defense that Coach Casey is known for. The former Mavs 'defensive coordinator' is in first year with Raptors.
• They struggle at times in defensive transition.
• Aggressive on the ball and in the passing lanes with perimeter players.
• Post players will allow offensive post to receive ball in post. (Something Dallas' bigs did well Thursday in OKC.)
• Will trail pick/roll and show with post defender.
• Toronto is 3rd in the NBA is FG% at .494 and 6th in 3FG% at .417.
• Toronto is 1st in the NBA in Assist/Gm at 28.0. Calderon is 5th at 8.5/gm.
How to Beat the Raptors:
• Defensive recognition in pick/roll game. Know that Bargnani can/will pick and pop for three.
• Control Calderon by pressuring the ball and not giving him unchallenged passes.
• Move the ball offensively, make the Raptors play defense from side to side by reversing ball and making them play into the shot clock.
• Take advantage of Nowitzki mismatches.
Kyle Leath, a long-time Mavs staffer, former college head coach and now scout for the Denver Nuggets, provides you with an NBA-style scouting report before Mavs games.