Some blogger answered by saying that every team has a similarly sized forward/guard to defend JJ and make him take a difficult shot so he should spot up instead. Then you take Josh Smith and put him in the high post to beat his man off the dribble and kick out to JJ for the shot.
The problem there is the help on a drive will come from the inside not off of JJ. Plus who really wants to go on the Josh Smith Experience with 5 secs left in the game. Plus if you applied this same logic then you would have Pippen in the high post instead of Jordan taking his man off the bounce. It just doesn't stand to logic.
But anyway, I guess Woody is smarter than some after all...
Actually, that guy is a pretty good blogger, and I sort of agree with him. The question he was asked was a bit different from the poll question. Without a doubt, if you've only got time for one shot, the man you want taking it is JJ, and that should not at all be disputed.
But the question for the blogger involved running a play with 9 seconds left (which is plenty of time to work a half-court set), and he makes a valid point about Josh Smith. If you can get him in the high post, you've got so many more options because he's quick and strong enough to draw an extra defender, and that lets you find the open man, whether it be Horford, JJ, or Marvin (though I probably would prefer Josh Smith taking on the double than trusting Marvin to take the big shot).
Smoove, like he says, is NOT the best ball handler, yet he does manage to drive the ball pretty well despite that. And while he's not the best FT shooter either, he's pretty good at hitting them in the clutch, and he could draw a foul in that situation.
It would be a way to throw the opposition off when they're ALL expecting the isolation for Johnson.
As an aside, the Jordan/Pippen comparison doesn't quite fly. The thing about Jordan is that if you played him too tight, he could (and would) drive past pretty much anyone to the hoop and jam it in. Joe doesn't have that kind of ability to beat anyone off the dribble, drive into traffic, and finish at the rim. He's more likely to put up the floater from the top of the key, so it pays to play him tightly.
Edited by bronnt, 21 October 2008 - 09:16 PM.