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.
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: