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Danilo Gallinari: A New Year and Improved Post Up Game

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Danilo Gallianri

(Big C) With training camp over, so is the off-season. The off-season is a time when players try to improve their games. Danilo Gallinari is one player who undoubtedly will have a microscope on him because he is one of the key pieces to winning this season. 

 

Last season Danillo Gallinari proved that he is one of the best shooters in the league. During the second half of last season he proved that he could not only shoot, but he could also drive to the hole, pass, and score in tough situations.  Gallinari is coming into another season.  The question is what has he improved on?


 
The other day I had a chance to speak to Danilo and ask him about what is going to be different about his game this upcoming season. He told me he has been working on his body, flexibility, explosiveness and driving to the hole.

 

Most importantly he has been working out with trainers to improve his post up moves. For Danilo Gallinari training has meant putting in work from 8 am in the morning to 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
 
When I asked him about his postup game this is what he had to say:
 
“I have been working out on my body a lot and trying to improve my flexibility, and explosiveness, and then my post up game.”


 
“Last year if you look at my stats my percentage I had a high percentage in the post. I will use my height {playing the small forward position} in the post more. I think I have to use the mismatches I have in the post.”-Danilo Gallinari
 
 

Galllo posting up more is   more than just good news. At this point Knicks need to use their height advantage at the small forward spot. It is also a good addition to have a postup player in the in the low box. As much as Amar’e is an enforcer when it comes to scoring he is not really a post-up threat. Danilo Gallinari posting up will force teams to either try to trap Danilo or  Gallinari are is going to take advantage in the post of their player. This would also force Gallinari’s man to either give up a point or foul him.

In his own words, Gallo confidently said he "is very effective in the post"  What is critical for the Knicks is that Gallo also become a  passer.  This way when he's out of the post he can use his passing game to feed cutters to the hole.
 
Now it’s just a matter of him demanding the ball and the for his teammates to notice the mismatch right away.

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