“Theis has always been one of my favorites to be on the court with. His main goal is to get his teammates open. He’s not a guy who cries for the basketball. He just wants to play the game and play the right way – love playing with Theis” – Kemba Walker. Firstly, we need to quantify what we’re looking for:
The number of possessions both Walker and Theis shared the floor, where Theis operated at the five spot.
Lopez doesn’t begin to close out on Theis until Walker makes the bounce pass, while Davis Bertans is expecting Theis to roll hard into the paint and is dropping as a result.
It’s also not a coincidence that a large proportion of Walker’s assists to Theis are for “Above the break threes” as Walker is most likely using the Theis screen before turning on the jets and forcing the defense to collapse, and then expertly kicking back out to the open Theis above the break.