Landry Shamet - Plucky Playmaker (More than a Sharpshooter)
Landry Shamet. If you saw him playing with the 76ers, he looked like JJ Redick-lite. It seemed as if Brett Brown ran all the same actions for him. He’d come off of pin downs and look for handoffs from Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons, he’d run that patented veer action from when JJ was playing alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. He was lights out early on for Philly. Shamet then got shipped over to LA in that Tobias Harris trade. Normally a trade can stunt a rookie’s progress because he has to get used to a totally new system, but not this time. Doc Rivers actually coached that CP-Blake-Redick team and went back to running those JJ sets for Shamet. If that wasn’t enough, he also helped guide a team featuring the all-time great shooters Ray Allen (historically good) and Paul Pierce (almost delusionally self-described) to an NBA championship.
All that to say that the path for him to grow into one of the league’s sweeter shooters looks secure…but that’s not all that Landry’s game is about. He’s long, he’s active, and most of all, he gives great effort. That’s all that defense really boils down to. You can have as many different schemes as you’d like, and you can have the highest IQ players in the world, but if their effort is lacking, then you don’t have very much.
Shamet is 6’5” and you pair him alongside a lanky playmaking point guard like the 6’6” Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, your backcourt looks bright and shiny for years to come. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned that they had great vets like Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams to help guide them along the rigors of their rookie seasons…man, these two might be able to do some damage.
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