Thursday, February 14, 2008

Chris Wilcox's Game Evolving and Improving

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an article you should read this week about how Chris Wilcox (2000-02) is improving his game by finding the shooter's touch to make short jumpers and lay-ups instead of trying to dunk against larger defenders. Here's an excerpt:
Chris Wilcox is the Sonics' best dunker since Shawn Kemp, but he is slowly developing a touch near the basket that could catapult him among the game's elite forwards.

The difference between Wilcox's midseason resurrection and others in the past appears to be a mastery of the short game that has denied him before.

Against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, Wilcox was pushed slightly away from the rim by strongman Amare Stoudemire, considered a solid defender, especially against power forwards. Wilcox countered by hitting short jumpers or driving for layups. [...]

Because he does not match up weight-wise against some of the league's bulkier power forwards -- such as Utah's 260-pound Carlos Boozer -- the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Wilcox has to rely more on court quickness and height to score buckets. What Wilcox has lacked over the past few years with the Sonics is a soft touch on layups and the ability to can the short jumper when he's shoved away from the basket.

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