Remember Drew Hanlen? Of course you do.
He’s the trainer who worked with Markelle Fultz last offseason. We saw the Instagram videos and all of that. Then the pair had some sort of falling out, with Hanlen tweeting that Fultz was “still not healthy” in November of 2018.
Anyway, Hanlen worked with Joel Embiid this summer, and he recently appeared on the HoopsHype Podcast, saying this, in part:
Drew Hanlen breaks down what he worked on with Joel Embiid this past offseason and his development plan for Embiid going forward. This is actually the first summer that they worked on Embiid's shot at all.
Listen to the full interview on The HoopsHype Podcast! pic.twitter.com/poBvBJTIAr
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 10, 2019
“We just worked on attacking double-teams, we know that no one can guard him in an isolation situation, so now it’s just about reading defenses, being able to play at different paces, being able to protect the ball to limit turnovers. He did a good job of cracking down on his turnovers last year, but still had too many for our liking…”
This is Embiid’s biggest issue. Occasionally you’ll see him throw a brilliant cross-court pass or get an early read on a defense, but other times it’s too much dribbling, late recognition, and then sloppy half court play that hurts his team.
And Embiid did get his turnovers down last year, down from 3.7 to 3.5 while playing three more minutes on average. Through the early part of this season, however, he’s still at that 3.5 number.
RE: the shot, Embiid’s three point percentage is up this season, moving from 30% to 33%. His two-point percentage is down slightly, though most of that dropoff is closer to the rim. He’s improved from 37% to 43% from the 10-16 foot range, according to Basketball Reference.