In this afternoon’s press conference Rick Pitino mentioned multiple times how important shot selection would be to his team’s success. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned shot selection being a minor concern for this team. To reiterate what I said yesterday, I don’t think anyone on this team is downright selfish. Russ Smith is averaging 15 field goal attempts per game. I think Russ will always lead the team in shots per game simply because that is just his style of play. He’s a natural scorer.
More often than not, Russ taking more shots than anyone else on the team has worked out for Louisville. However, there may be nights like we saw on Tuesday against Villanova that its simply not Russ’ night. There has been times this season where Russ is scoring at will, but no one else on the floor is able to get any offensive rhythm. Russ Smith is a legitimate candidate for National P.O.Y. and after one bad shooting night I’m not ready to say that his offensive aggressiveness is causing issues for the team. However, would the entire offense benefit if other players were getting more shots?
Earlier on Twitter I asked my followers who they’d like to see lead the team in field goal attempts per game. Here are the results.
Wayne Blackshear: 52%
Russ Smith: 22%
Chane Behanan: 20%
52% of the fans that answered the question on Twitter wanted to see Blackshear lead the team in field goal attempts. I realize that with a team as deep as Louisville, someone different could lead the team in shot attempts each game, but overall who do you want to see taking more shots?
I went with Chane Behanan. Obviously he’s missed some easy buckets in recent games, but overall I think the offense should go through Chane. He’s a good enough passer to really get the inside-out game going. Chane has also done a great job this year at finding Gorgui from the high post. Establishing Chane as an offensive factor early on can only open up more for everyone else.