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Oct 13

Video Analysis: The Best of Both Worlds for Rashard Lewis

Better late than never.

That phrase best describes head coach Stan Van Gundy‘s newfound commitment to playing Rashard Lewis at the small forward position this season, something he rarely did in his first three years roaming the sidelines for the Orlando Magic.

While it’s not necessarily a good idea to start Lewis at small forward, it definitely is a great idea to give him minutes at his “natural position” because the advantages he has are undeniable. There’s not many players in the NBA that can defend Lewis when he’s at the three.

Same could be said when Lewis is at power forward. See for yourself.

6 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Manny San Miguel

The difference is the position that he plays.

Lewis doesn't choose who he guards. If he's at small forward, he guards the opposing small forward and same thing at the power forward position.

@Leoraul Torres

Lewis' style will change a little bit when he's at small forward. Van Gundy will go out of his way to call post up plays for Lewis in that scenario.

Leoraul Torres
Leoraul Torres

@Manny San Miguel
You could tell which position he is playing based on the current Magic line up on the court. As well who would be assigned from the other team to guard Lewis based on that line up. His style of play won't change.

Just my two cents.

Manny San Miguel
Manny San Miguel

Eddy, perhaps I am naive or just plain Basketball ignorant, but I still can't tell the difference between small and big forward, at least not from this video.

Other than the drive under the hoop for a dunk (SM forward), I see SIMILAR plays on BOTH scenarios: Lewis posting up BOTH as a small AND a Power forward; Lewis knocking down the Three off a mates pass, BOTH as a Small AND as a power forward... I just don't see the BIG difference.

Also, doesn't he CHOOSE whom to guard on the basis of the BEST matchup, regardless of the position he's playing? And doesn't the opposition cover him likewise?

Please, explain to me like to a 12-year-old...

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@spacecabooie

Van Gundy is a stubborn person by nature.

I think it's pretty obvious that he realizes he needs to utilize Lewis in other ways other than at the power forward position. No epiphany, no new awareness, I just believe he realizes the Magic need to be more diverse offensively.

@Leoraul Torres

Maybe. Too early to tell.

Leoraul Torres
Leoraul Torres

I wonder if Lewis playing at the Small Forward position often will help him carry the confidence that he is our Go To Guy at the end of games..?

spacecabooie
spacecabooie

Nice turn of a phrase Eddy. We each have had occasions to mutter to ourselves "Wow, this gives me the best of both worlds", or "Gee ... better late than never". You make it very easy for me too to expect that that's exactly what they are both stating. But why should it have come to Stan as an epiphany ? Or has there always been an awareness and its just that due to some some new construct within the team its usage can finally happen ?