Second-year big man Jeff Withey will enter training camp in a three-man competition for the 10 or so minutes a game that will be handled by the backup center for the New Orleans Pelicans.
No player in the group (Withey, Patric Young, and Alexis Ajinca) really does anything to stand out above the others so the decision may turn out to be something that is made on a night-to-night basis depending on match-ups. That doesn’t mean any of the three players are banking on that tough as they all will use the precious time left in the summer to work on ways to expand their games and become better players.
Yesterday on instagram Jeff Withey gave us a glimpse into how exactly he is doing that:
I for one am completely behind the idea of Jeff Withey firing up threes, whether they go in or not. There isn’t a lot funnier in the NBA than large, relatively unathletic players firing up a bunch of three-pointers and really for a few minutes a game, especially in blowouts everyone needs a shot or two to laugh at. Last year Timofey Mozgov was the random big man attempting three pointers in games for Denver at the end of the season, so why not Withey in the preseason? In the best case scenario he knocks down enough to be a real threat and a legitimate backup center weapon off the bench for 10 minutes a night. At worst he stops taking them and falls into a match-up player used when the Pelicans need a beefy rim protect.
Training camp starts in late September or early October normally, so until then Jeff Withey fire away. The NBA will be a better place if you start knocking down three-pointers.