Jusuf Nurkic and the Portland Trail Blazers have a post-up problem

The Portland Trail Blazers have flipped the script from the past decade. While they’re finally putting together a high-level defense — though there are some questions about how sustainable it is — they’ve taken a major step back offensively after ranking in the top half of the league in offensive efficiency for the last nine seasons.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are right where they’ve always been from an efficiency perspective, and McCollum in particular has taken another big step forward in his playmaking efforts. They’re getting high-level shooting from Pat Connaughton and Shabazz Napier, two players who haven’t been able to contribute positively playing significant minutes in their careers to this point. Even Al-Farouq Aminu, a defense-first forward, has been very efficient in the games he’s been able to play.

So what’s going wrong for the Trail Blazers that puts them in the bottom third of the league on that end of the floor? There are a multitude of problems for Portland offensively right now, including Evan Turner’s inability to score efficiently, but a place to focus is on post-ups. The Trail Blazers use 9.0 percent of their possessions on post-ups, most of which go to Jusuf Nurkic, and they score 0.77 points per trip, the fourth-worst mark in the league and an absolutely

Article source: https://fansided.com/2017/12/06/jusuf-nurkic-post-ups-trail-blazers-offensive-efficiency/

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