Jordan Williams and the importance of post position
Some players are effective when posting up high (think Dirk Nowitzki) but I do not think Jordan Williams is one of those players. Let’s look at how he his effectiveness fluctuates based on where he receives the ball in the post.
Take a look at two examples from the first half tonight of Williams posting up above the block.
In this first clip, he catches the ball at the foul line. Look at the defense that is in help position if he chooses to make a move. Williams is not comfortable pivoting and facing the basket, so he gives the ball up.
Notice how their is one defender ready to dig and one defender ready to help in addition to the primary defender. Digging from the perimeter here is easy because Williams is close to the help man.
Williams makes the smart play and passes out of this position but it shows how he is not an offensive threat with his back to the basket from that distance.
In the second clip, he catches the ball above the block and attempts to back the defender down. This move takes too long and the defense is able to swarm to help out on Williams and he forces a tough shot which misses.
Look at the help defense in the paint. They were able to get there since Williams’ move was slow. It took him 3 dribbles to get to the basket and by that time, he has nowhere to go and misses a tough shot that was contested.
Williams is a solid post player when he catches in good position. Good position for Williams is on the block, where he can use his footwork to beat the defender.
Williams catches the ball on the block, takes one dribble and puts up a baby hook that falls for two. A quick move before the defense can help and force a tougher shot.
As you can see, when Williams gets the ball on the block, he will be tough to stop. He is comfortable with either hand and looks strong with his footwork. Contrast this move with the second poor move above, he is effective when he has to take only one or two dribbles, instead of 3 plus dribbles to score.
He needs to focus on burying his defender before he catches, as he is not yet able to face up and beat his defender from the elbow. If teams want to stop him, they can force him to catch the ball away from the basket. If Williams catches the ball low, he will be tough to stop.