In “Watch With Me,” I watch part of a game and choose various clips that I find interesting, detailing what I’m looking at. Join me in watching the first three quarters of the Bucks-Timberwolves preseason game from last Friday.
We talk a lot about spacing, and how shooting gives you spacing. But spacing isn’t just about having five shooters outside the three-point line. If you have shooters on the perimeter, you still need ball and man movement to get the spacing you want. Watch on this clip as Giannis Antetokounmpo has an iso at the top of the key, but the gaps are crowded so he doesn’t have a lane to drive and ultimately travels:
Now imagine if Brook Lopez were in the dunker spot along the baseline and one of the wings was in his corner. There would be much larger gap spacing. Or, better yet, if the ball was moving or players were cutting through, it would also open up gaps and make it hard to stop a Giannis drive. There’s more to spacing than just shooting ability.