Gordon is already a beast to defend with the ball in his hands. But to make himself even more difficult to defend (and prepare for), he’ll need to learn how to play without the ball. Hamilton is a master at constantly moving and changing speeds while running through multiple screens … throughout the entire game.
Gordon can excel at this. And he’ll still have the opportunity to create a shot off the dribble if the initial screening action does not free him. As the Clips improve and opponents try to deny Gordon the ball, learning to use screens the way Rip does will come in handy.
Readers know that Rip is a Clipperblog favorite. There isn’t a player in the game who works more tirelessly off the ball to get himself shots. It’s filthy grunt work. A good part of the time, teammates don’t execute the screens, timing, or passes to get the open looks, but good SGs do the job anyway.