Howdy folks, today we have a scouting report on Carl Landry, his strengths, weaknesses and everything else. Who brings you this report? The great Blake Ellington, a Sacramento Kings blogger over at Bleed Black And Purple.
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Strengths: Landry has one of the better face-up games of any power forward in the league. Once catching the ball in the high post, he sizes up his defender and if they are smaller, he will shoot the jumper over them (54 percent from the field for his career). If the defender is bigger, he will use his quickness to jet around them to the basket after a pump fake. While not a dominant rebounder, Landry can pull them down; and even better than his face-up game is his patience around the basket off of a rebound. Hornets fans will be taken off guard occasionally by his deceptive quickness under the hoop.
Weaknesses: Landry doesn’t possess much of a transition game and his assist totals (0.7 for his career) are less than satisfactory. He could look for his teammates a little more and tends to rely on his individual offensive abilities too much. He recently admitted that passing is a part of his game he has been trying to improve. He also is undersized for a power forward. Listed at a generous 6’9’’, Landry does get his shot blocked on occasion and his style of game does not translate well enough to move him into the small forward slot. While his ability to put the ball back after a rebound is impressive, he could improve his rebounding numbers overall (5.2 per game over his career).
Team Chemistry: When Landry came to Sacramento from the Houston Rockets last season in the Kevin Martin trade he was a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. Because of this, a lot of fans expected him to fit right in as a team guy, and he did at first. But after the Kings added Samuel Dalembert and rookie DeMarcus Cousins to the front court in the off-season, Landry seemed to become less interested when he was on the floor. He was in and out of the lineup and it looked like it wore on him. His teammates did seem to like him for the most part, although he was one of the only players (his age) who did not attend a recent Super Bowl party held by Cousins.
Fan Pulse: As mentioned above, Landry was a Sixth Man candidate in Houston and the fans loved him. That didn’t seem to translate over in Sacramento, however. A likable guy in general, the relationship just never progressed. Kings fans did convince him to start a twitter account, however.
Potential: Landry is never going to be an All-Star type of power forward, but barring injury he is going to be in the league for a long time. His work ethic is top-notch and he is a consummate professional. In the right situation, Landry could blossom into just shy of a 20-10 guy. In a system that features Chris Paul, Landry will certainly see his numbers increase if he gets a steady amount of playing time.