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Ty Walker needs to become a more disciplined shot blocker

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With 13 blocks through 2 games, it is no doubt that 7 foot Ty Walker has the ability to block shots in the paint. However, he needs to be smarter with his block attempts, as he often leads the defense exposed.

Walker can block shots like few others can when he chooses the right moment. Shot blockers have to pick their spots because it is silly to think they can block every shot.

Here is a Hampton player posting up Walker and trying to beat him on the block. Walker is much longer than the offensive player and has no trouble making the block.

This is a smart place to attempt a block. He is working to block his own defender, who is in his face. He is on balance and straight up, in no trouble of drawing a foul.

This clip shows an example of a player challenging the rim, but Walker meeting him there and denying him. Again, he is on balance and not out of control to block the shot. Another smart challenge that results in a block.

However, not all Walker’s block attempts are smart. He is reckless with his challenges, which often hurts the defense.

Focus on the first shot challenge by Walker in this video. The offensive player is driving and is being defended by 2 Wake players. Walker still feels the need to challenge the shot, even though he is in no position to block the shot.

This puts him out of position for the rest of the play and he needs to scramble back to attempt another shot block, which he is late arriving to the rim. A missed shot here would have put him out of position for the defensive rebound and left Wake exposed on the glass.

Walker is so eager to get the block that he leaps before the offensive player even is in the act of shooting, committing the foul. With Walker challenging nearly every shot in the lane, smart offensive players are going to hesitate or pump fake to draw a foul.

In the last clip, Walker sags off his man to attempt a block as a help defender. With the offensive player protected by the rim, it would have been tough to block the reverse attempt.

The Hampton player lays it off to Walker’s man, who is now open. However, the pass is low and the offensive player cannot convert the opportunity. What this shows is how Walker’s eagerness to block shots leaves the defense exposed. His man is wide open and a better pass and catch would have been an easy two on a dunk.

Walker needs to be more disciplined in the paint. He is not going to block every shot and he needs to realize defense is more than blocking shots. It is about letting your teammates defend and helping when they need help. By not always jumping around the paint for blocks, Walker will be in position to defend his man and rebound any missed shots.

I am not saying Walker needs to stop going for blocked shots. With his 9 foot 5 inch wingspan, he has the tools needed to be a great shot blocker. If he continues to make silly decisions in his attempts, he will hurt the team more than he will help them.

Written by Joshua Riddell

November 16, 2010 at 2:38 am

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