Cam Reddish: Off-Ball Offense
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Movement & positioning
Reddish’s off-ball movement primarily consists of relocating for spot-up opportunities, by far his highest volume play type in the half court. He does a good job of maintaining team spacing and providing ball-handlers with good passing angles. He also runs off screens at times, flashing some ability to shoot off movement, though his mechanics and accuracy in these situations are subpar. While he uses screens relatively well for a player his size, he doesn’t often use bursts of speed or change of direction to create separation in these situations. He will also move towards the ball-handler to take handoffs a couple times per game, often finding good looks in these situations.
This may be an area with some untapped potential for Reddish. Although he doesn’t set many screens, and often fails to make contact when he does, his perimeter gravity adds an extra dimension for defenders to consider when navigating off-ball actions. After passing the ball on one particular play, he immediately set a screen for Zion, notching a screen assist for his effort. He will need to add strength to become a more effective screener, something his frame should allow.
Shooting off the catch
While some shooters have preferred locations where their 3-point shots tend to concentrate, Reddish has taken shots from nearly every angle beyond the arc. Moreover, he consistently extends beyond NBA range, with a couple makes beyond 30 feet. His shooting form is smooth and quick, with only a couple mechanical issues that are likely fixable in time. However, these issues significantly inhibit his distance control and with it his efficiency from beyond the arc right now. Although he’s been a knockdown shooter from the corners, he has had considerable struggles from above the break.
Shooting off movement
Reddish does a good job of squaring up to the basket off movement, consistently getting his shot on the right line. However, he struggles controlling his distance in these situations, missing long most of the time. The flatter arc produced by his acute elbow angle likely contributes here, as he doesn’t get quite the same elevation and high release point as when shooting off the catch or off the dribble. With some adjustments to his form, however, this could be a weapon down the road.
Finishing off movement
Reddish rarely gets to the rim, and when he does it is typically off the dribble. As of this writing, he has just eight assisted finishes at the rim this season. His game is heavily perimeter-oriented, almost never moving downhill when off-ball. This shows good self-awareness, as his few attempts in this regard were not promising. Although he possesses good length, he lacks either the explosiveness to finish over opponents or the body control to finish around them.