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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Plays Count: Timofey Mozgov (10/13/10)

With 10 new players, there are a lot of unknowns for the 2011 Knicks. However the biggest uncertainty in every sense of the word is Timofey Mozgov. D’Antoni chose to start him against the Celtics on October 13th, which provided a good first look at the youngster.

Here is a design of the first play.


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Background track to video is none other than Still Flyin’.

7 comments on “Some Plays Count: Timofey Mozgov (10/13/10)

  1. SeeWhyDee77

    I know this same sentiment has been echoed repeatedly on this site…but..I think Mosgov is gonna be good. Not 20 and 10 dominant guy, but he seems to be the type of center Mike D’s been lookin for since Phoenix. If he can stay on the floor 25-30 minutes a night, and avoid ticky tack fouls-then we’ve really got somethin here. His ceiling may be 13 and 8 with 2 blocks a game. But I am talking about fit here. I watched yesterday’s game and here’s what I saw. Activity, Hustle, high Basketball IQ, great movement (meaning he’s not a lumbering big), desire to play D, a reliable jumper, and he’s an underrated passer. People rave about Turiaf’s passing, but I think this kid is almost if not as good as Turiaf when it comes to passing. Thankfully we don’t need Mosgov to be a world beater at the 5 because we have our beast in the paint in Stat. But he’s far from a slouch. A few months ago I, like most of us, was very skeptical. Now, I am giving the thumbs up with the nod to Walsh lol. Fields and Mosgov in the same summer? 2 diamonds in the rough? Most teams are lucky to unearth one. Now, if we can only find a way to expedite AR’s development…
    The team’s future looks bright again yal. I’m super excited about the defense. We problee don’t have the pieces to be a top 10 defense yet…but the improvement I see on that end is more than enough to get us at least in the middle of the pack defensively. And last season would have been much different if we could get a few more stops per game. Gonna be fun to watch, especially if Stat can stay healthy.

  2. Mike Kurylo Post author

    BTW two things on Wilson Chandler in this clip. In the first play, when Mozgov takes the shot he’s asking for the ball in the corner. In the second one, Chandler hurts the fast break by taking a circuitous route after the rebound, heading up the sideline. He should have gone up the middle, that’s basketball 101.

  3. DS

    Good observations re: Mosgov and also Chandler.

    BTW, we know what Mosgov’s individual rebounding numbers are, but I’d be curious to see how much better (or worse) the Knicks rebound as a team when Mosgov is on the floor. You will often read that he boxes out a lot, and does not actually grab the rebound himself, but helps a teammate get a rebound.

    On a side note, it seems Turiaf has consistently put up one of the best +/- figures on the team during the pre-season.

  4. Ted Nelson

    Mike Kurylo: In the first play, when Mozgov takes the shot he’s asking for the ball in the corner.

    Are you saying he should crash the glass after the shot or that he should not be calling for the ball? He’s wide open and also has a lane to the basket… If/when teams start to respect Timo’s J, passing to WC there might be his best play. Based on how Tyson Chandler shut him down in the WCs I’m not that comfortable with Timo operating with defensive pressure on him.

  5. Mike Kurylo Post author

    Ted Nelson:
    Are you saying he should crash the glass after the shot or that he should not be calling for the ball? He’s wide open and also has a lane to the basket… If/when teams start to respect Timo’s J, passing to WC there might be his best play. Based on how Tyson Chandler shut him down in the WCs I’m not that comfortable with Timo operating with defensive pressure on him.  

    No. It wasn’t a criticism. It was a compliment actually.

  6. Frank O.

    Mike:

    Excellent break down.
    I remember when he drained the jumper. He has a nice shot.
    I also recall on several occasions him running and moving very well.
    I have high hopes for him.
    And in this last game he had only one foul in 22 minutes. To me that is key. If he stays under control, he could really make it tough in the paint.

  7. nicos

    Nice breakdown, Mike. In general I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how involved in the offense Mozgov has been- he’s got pretty good instincts and just as importantly, guys aren’t hesitating to give him the ball. I will say that on the fast break play Felton probably should have been more aggressive in trying to get the ball from Chandler early- he’s right next to Wil when the ball is turned over- it doesn’t look like he called for the ball at all. I think Chandler generally does a good job of keeping his head up on drives and what assists he does get come off of the dribble- that said, he’s probably not my first choice for leading the fast break. He did find Mozgov on the break against the Wizards for a nice alley-oop, however. I do think it’s odd, given they’ve got a coach who obviously wants to push the ball, how bad the Knicks are at getting the ball to the middle of the court and getting their spacing together on the break.

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