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Greivis Vasquez and Amir Johnson ready to become high-end pick-and-roll combination

Dec 18, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

Amir Johnson, Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez

Greivis Vasquez ranks No. 18 in points per play he finishes as the pick-and-roll ball handler, and Amir Johnson ranks No. 31 as the pick-and-roll screener, according to MySynergySports.

That should make the newly formed Raptors duo pretty formidable, and everyone involved sounds excited about the possibilities.

Via Eric Koreen of the National Post:

“When somebody really sets a good screen on my [defender], I’m off to the races,” Vasquez said. “That’s my game. When it’s not a good screen, you have to utilize your skill, your speed, so it tends to be a little bit harder, especially for me. Every time I get a good screen, something is going to come out pretty good, whether it’s a good shot, whether it’s getting it back to Amir [Johnson].”

“[Johnson] doesn’t mind contact. That’s something that he learned from Ben Wallace and those old guys in Detroit, how to set legal screens, how to hit people and understanding it doesn’t hurt if you set it properly and protect yourself. He’s one of the best. You’ll always see him at the end of the game setting screens, understanding angles and timing, because in crucial parts of the game you don’t want [an illegal] screen.”

“Everybody who defends is going to get hit, especially when I set a screen,” Johnson said. “It might be an offensive foul, but I’m going to get a piece.”

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In two games so far, the results have been modestly successful.

Good pick-and-rolls aren’t just about getting opportunities for the dribbler or screener. They create spot-up opportunities, too. So, looking at offensive production as a whole can be quite telling.

When Vasquez and Johnson share the court, Toronto’s offensive rating is 105.0, up a tick from 102.0 for the season. That’s not bad, but keep an eye on these two getting much better as they get a better feel for each other.

  1. crownmethegoat - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I guess its safe to assume Kyle Lowry has two feet out the door

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    High end just like Stockton and Malone. Not.

  3. johngalt1783 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Expect to see a lot of Lowry and Greivis just like we see a lot of Bledsoe and Dragic. Maybe not as much but idea is the same. Playing Lowry off the ball with Greivis at the PG will give the Raptors a lot of scoring and passing options from the backcourt.

    DeRozan will still start but I can see a lineup of T-Ross, DeRozan, Lowry, Vasquez and Big Daddy aka the Dr of Denial aka Amir Johnson when oppoinents go small ball. Or maybe Patterson instead of T-Ross at this point.

    Can’t have enough good PGs. Ask the Lakers as Nash, Farmar and Blake all went down and are all still MIA with Kobe playing PG.

    Who suggested Big Daddy and Greivis would be like Malone and Stockton?

    • logicalcomment - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      horribly small line up

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