Sunday, June 12, 2011

LEB Gold: Tarragona

Let’s keep on with the LEB Gold teams’ analysis and let’s take a look at Tarragona. Everybody thought they would struggle along the season, but they managed to win 12 games to finish in the 13th spot, which was kind of a surprise.

They brought one of the most exciting players of the league, Alex Franklin, who being an undersized power forward, has ended the regular season with almost 15 points and almost 7 rebounds per game. He’s strong, he’s quick, he can hit mid range jumpers and he’s got a terrific one on one facing the basket. He can post up and he runs the break. On defense, he puts on a lot of intensity and he’s able to defend bigger players overplaying them and showing great attitude. Here he is:

If we look at the way they’ve played, we can see they’re one of the teams that get most from this simple situation with the wings using off ball screens on baseline.

They were dangerous coming off those screens, but they ended looking for many other options, by reading the defense and giving the pass to their bigs when playing curls. They connected very well and they scored many points in those situations.

They also found the way to use some of their inside players, basically those who can hit long range shots, with a simple change on that play.

Let's take a look.

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