I've said since the end of last year that we will still get 50 wins. Now we are statistically on our way there.
What I really wanted to discuss was how we got here. I really think that the play of Nate Robinson, Jimmy Butler, and Marco Belinelli has made the big difference as a collective. Sure, Deng, Boozer, and Noah are beasting on their own, but the first trio I mentioned has made us resilient as ever.
- Butler's clutch offensive rebounding, lock down defense against BIG name players, smart offense. at .867% from the free throw line he is a full 4% improved off of his career avg. And he is putting up a robust 49% fg%.
- Belinelli hitting clutch shots, nifty layups, really looking like he's assembled a rhythm. He's underrated as **** IMO with his ability to finish at the rim with both hands and score so effortlessly sometimes even put the ball on the floor. .388% from the 3pt line this year thusfar, and is 3% better from the free throw line compared to his career avg (he's at .838 now). Obviously some big shots this season.
- Nate is shooting .385% from the 3 point line this season. His hustle and intensity is clutch. He's also shooting 2.5% better from the free throw line compared to his career numbers. (he's at .824 now). His defense is solid with his energy. I think he's starting to refine that "shoot vs. pass" thing more lately.
So with a little bit of extra hustle, hardwork, finding your place in a system, and scoring even in inadvertent fashion from these guys has propelled this team back. I still think that all three guys are underrated to some degree. What do you guys think?