Also to add to that Grady is a very good 3 point shooter when he is feeling it. I've seen him make just some absolutely insane 3 point shots in games before, so I do agree that we need him in the game alot.
Kelvin Grady: Engine of Destruction
This Minnesota game is just the sort of effort we need from Grady if we ever want to become an elite team.
The entire game tonight, Grady broke the back of Minnesota's press. They would commit two defenders to try to trap him in the backcourt, and he would effortlessly slip around or between them. The team got into position faster on offense, we didn't have stupid turnovers that led to easy baskets, and on several occasions Michigan had a brief numerical advantage after Grady left two defenders sputtering behind him.
Grady's handle doesn't just help with breaking the press. Against Northwestern, when our guards would penetrate, they were often out of control. We had a ton of turnovers in the paint. Even when they didn't turn the ball over, our guards couldn't deliver a precise pass to our shooters on the outside, so the few threes we got off of kick-outs weren't great looks.
When Grady knifed his way into the lane tonight, the defenders didn't seem to even bother him. He might not be an premier finisher in the paint, but he delivers some pinpoint passes to shooters on the outside. When you're committed to living or dying by the three, you need someone that can get your shooters quality shots in rhythm. Grady certainly didn't cause tonight's rout by himself, but he definitely helped quite a bit.
Hopefully Beilein keeps Grady in the line-up going forward. He doesn't need to bench Lee to play Grady, so let's not pretend that it's necessarily a decision between the two of them. I trust Beilein's instincts as a coach, and I have heard all the criticism of Grady's defense. When it comes right down to it, though, I don't think we can be an elite team without Grady in the mix and playing well. Our ceiling without him his just not very high. Our offense with him can be supremely menacing.
The team we saw tonight is the sort of squad that could pull an upset or two in the tournament. Let's hope the team takes care of business these next few games and earns that opportunity.
I'm not claiming that Grady won the game for us by any means. I'm just saying that the Minnesota game was a prime example of how much he can help our team on offense. I think one of the coaching staff's top priorities in order to maximize both our short-and long-term chances of success should be to get this kid coached up and on the floor.
Does anyone with an inside track have any insight on why Grady can't live up to Beilein's standards on defense? He certainly has the foot speed to guard people and fly over screens, if that's truly the issue. Is it an attitude problem, an intelligence/following directions issue, or just a function of with inexperience?
I hear everyone on cringe-worthy behind the back pass attempt, though. Not his smoothest of moves.
Obviously if he shoots like he did tonight it will be tough to keep him out of the line-up. But you have to remember why he was on the bench in the first place. He has really struggled the last few weeks. I agree that our ceiling is higher with Grady than either Lee or Douglass, but right now I'd rather have Lee and Douglass in there for a majority of the minutes because they are more consistent.
I think Beilein found where Grady is used best and that is combatting the full court press. That's not to say he can't be used in other ways, but that is where his elusiveness is most beneficial to our team. He definitely has the tools to be an asset to our team, but is clearly having slower development than some of his teammates. It was a great game for him, and I hope it's a sign that he's over his struggles because I'd love to see a GR guy make a big impact on our team (being from west michigan). For now, though, I think Beilein would be better off using him sparingly because he isn't good enough yet to take control of the game, but he definitely changes up the pace of our offense, which could be crucial in deadlocked games.
I don't really know basketball that well, so feel free to disagree. But, to me, Stu is one of the worst college guards I've seen at breaking the press. He really doesn't seem to have the handle or the confidence to dribble through defenders, and he picks up the ball at incredibly inopportune moments. I want to see Grady more just so I don't have to cringe every time we bring the ball up the court with Stu.
The main issue is that Lee and Stu are both about 195 times better than Grady on the defensive end of the floor. Grady really is horrendous there.
...being an engine of self-destruction, I think he will continue to improve and earn time.
I would love to see Grady meet his potential. I think he could become a Jamal Crawford type if he works hard enough.
We all know Grady's main problem is that he is a defensive liability. That breakdown comparing Grady and Douglass defending against screens over on UMhoops was great, for those of you who haven't seen it. You might have to scroll way down, but I think it is still there.
I am hoping that Grady continues to work hard and be coachable. If he does, the defense will come.
Grady played well last night, but you overstate his contribution. He only played 14 minutes. The offense was successful pretty much the entire first half, during which he played only a brief time. Most of his minutes came in the second half after Michigan had a big lead.
Exactly. Grady played well, and that's what we need from him. But let's not go over board as a reaction to his limited minutes as of late.
Grady still had a bad mental lapse on defense. He thought we were in zone and left his guy wide open for a 3. That's the kinda thing that keeps players, no matter how well they play on the offensive end, off the floor in close games.
it looks like Beilein was calling for zone, and CJLee (the infallible) was actually playing man when he should have been in zone.
According to commenters/dylan over at UMHoops, anyway.
Kelvin played football at East where his brother Kevin played. From what I saw of him when he was there, he was an excellent quarterback. he probably couldn't play quarterback in college, but it would be interesting to give him a shot at slot receiver. Just saying.
Good game for him against Minny.
Pretty much the whole team had a good game.
Kelvin played RB as did his brother and both tore it up. Demarcus, their cousin played QB while Kelvin was there. Coincidentally, Demarcus plays for NIU as a QB.
Grady also had that awful attempt at a behind-the-back pass in the first half that turned a two-on-one break into a turnover. He has potential, but his focus isn't always there.
Was actually the destruction I thought the headline was referring to. Calling it a behind the back pass is almost too kind. A behind the back fumble, more like.
it was sad, but if we got this worked up about every time manny does something silly with the ball while in traffic, he would never play again.
12 pts, 3 asts, 1 to in 12 minutes is a pretty insane stat line, no matter how you cut it.
Actually, I did call attention to Manny's high turnover rate in another thread. His ballhandling is poor for someone who has the ball in his hands as often as he does.
agreed, and that is one reason there is no way manny should bolt after this year. i've never seen such a talented athlete have so much trouble dribbling.