With athletic big men like Whiteside and Willie Reed rolling hard to the basket and three shooters on the perimeter, teams have had a tough time slowing Waiters down when he gets a full head of steam attacking downhill. He’s not an elite finisher at the basket, but he still converts around half of his looks from there. He’s also a threat to pull-up from midrange having made 46.2 percent of such attempts since Jan. 17.
Waiters still relies on isolations to score a lot of his points — 21.7 percent of his offense in total — but he’s been a more efficient scorer in isolation than he has out of the pick-and-roll with 1.01 points per possession in the second half of the season. Even though he doesn’t set up players as much in isolation as he does in the pick-and-roll, his ability to create for himself has been a welcome addition to a team lacking playmakers. For example, Waiters created the game-winning 3-pointer out of isolation against the Warriors in January.
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A summer after watching star Kevin Durant bolt for Golden State, Presti could have stood pat and simply hoped MVP point guard Russell Westbrook signed a new contract ahead of free agency next summer. Instead, Presti was aggressive, pulling together the deal that brought Paul George to the Thunder. It is a risky move because it’s possible, or even likely, that George will bolt in free agency next summer, and Westbrook might still leave, too. But it is a gutsy move with a high payoff.