Tonight, I saw something really good that I had hoped would happen. We gave it to Dez and just let him create. Sometimes it was off a ball screen, sometimes it was more of a straight iso, and once it was in the post. But almost every time, he basically just drove it to the hoop and either got a good shot, or missed it for a good offensive tip-in, or dished it to a big man for a dunk when the help came off that big man. Layman and Len were really good tonight, but to me, Dez set the tone and created the plays that allowed everyone else to be good.
We kept discussing the offense and how we needed someone who could just takeover when things weren't clicking. To me, it's Dez. I'd like to see more of this -- loosen things up and let it be looser, more "natural" offense without any rigid routes or locations. The offensive system was fairly simple as it was, but nothing is more simple than just giving it to a star in an iso and letting him make plays. Who the hell is gonna stop Dez? Without fouling? Not too many people (except maybe himself with TO's) but I can live with that and it will get better. If he ever does what he did tonight, but scores too ... that will be scary.
Also, credit Curterp for calling Layman's effectiveness as a starter. The sample size just got bigger and it looks legit.
Now if Len would go *into* defenders instead of fading away. Think about how dominant that would be...