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Why do you think he has been outta sync all year? He had that great double move last year that would make defenders look silly. Now, when he gets the ball on the block, he is either already too deep or just kind of loses his balance.
Been wondering that too. He was unstoppable with that baby hook in the lane, the up and unders and the spin moves on the baseline. Seems to be a shell of that this year. Maybe because we've had different scorers step up?
He predetermines his move before surveying his positioning or the defense. Also, he gets no elevation when he shoots which makes him easy to block.
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Good scouting by opposing teams. Texas didn't do a good job so he tore them apart. Big Ten coaches are pretty solid and will be able to find a way to shut him down in the post.
Started late last year. After all, Dieng shut him down in the S16 game. Part of that was Dieng's extreme length. But part is having your tendencies known as well.
He is getting to the line twice as often as last year and he's scorching the nets when he gets to that line. Nix and Payne are a huge pain in the ass for opposing coaches even with the limited arsenal of Nix post moves.
But we've won 6 games straight....obviously we need to find something to bitch about.
This. As much as you guys hate Dakich, he's right when he says you should just sit on Nix going to his right shoulder. He has limited post moves, but he's found a way to be pretty effective still. When he has that little jump hook going, he's pretty tough.
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He's been scouted. Also the entry pass has been an issue all year. Green was by far the best at throwing to the post last year, and the team misses that skill somewhat leaving Nix in poor starting position. Appling struggles a bit with the entry and there isn't that high post guy to come help him out. I imagine Valentine, in time, will excel at it given his height, vision, and feel. The entry pass is an overlooked skill/aspect of the game.
He's still twice the player of deshonte riley and donovan kirk.
He almost always goes left allowing his man to easily stop it.
I think he's been excellent this year, with a few notable exceptions (the UConn game, for one). Opponents are doubling him quite a bit, and they know which way he wants to go. That said, he's still putting up good numbers and now teams can't feel comfortable putting him on the FT line.
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It seems like since Travis Walton left, our bigs have been the best at delivering the ball to the bigs. That doesn't work.
The scouting is a huge part of it...defenders are staying on their feet more often and after the first move when Nix can usually pivot back to this right shoulder the defender is already there.
Also, I still think he hesitates in the post sometimes just waiting for a double and loses his balance in the process. He is getting to the line more often and making teams pay so maybe as the 2nd half of the season progresses he might get some more room because of good FT shooting.
I blame his right shoulder.
And, I blame Dakich for exposing this secret to the masses.
Seems like alot of opposing guards are digging and stealing the ball from him before he even makes a move this year.
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Entry passes haven't been as good but he's also not getting the same position on the blocks as he did a year ago. I would like to see him re-post after kicking it out instead of instantly setting a ball screen.
Nix was sweet last year with the right hand hook. Better than his left. Not sure where that's been.
And, he''s not the quickest guy in the post. Needs to drop 30 pounds.
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Draymond not being here has made a difference, many times, Draymond would feed Derrick with great last-second looks.
Nix has been fine, he is what he is. A guy who will give you 9 and 7 and have a presence.
Nix has to go to his right shoulder for all his moves because he is left handed. Would have been nice had he developed shooting with either hand. Defenders are sitting on his right shoulder. Also the no elevation is an issue as well.
When Derrick gets the ball in the post without a double coming from the high side, he has the freedom to feel the defender's position and make a solid move. When he's struggled, it's because he's trying to make a move faster than the double team is coming, and the pressure flusters him into a bad look. That's what you're seeing, and the solution is for him to get into a confident rhythm by giving him some space and persistently passing the ball in for a post look.
To that end, the coaches have clearly been working with him because he's doing a much better job of passing back out right away if he's not in good position, and then re-establishing. But opponents have him scouted pretty well and they get Derrick to hesitate as he goes to make a move, completely throwing his rhythm.
Teams scout MSU and they know how to defend Nix better this year.
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