In the ‘2022-2023 SKT Adot Professional Basketball’, Seoul SK’s power is sharply divided before and after the joining of forward Choi Jun-yong (28) and guard Choi Seong-won (27). Until the home game against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis on November 24, when they first joined, they had only 4 wins and 8 losses, but after that, they rebounded to 6 wins and 2 losses in 8 games, reaching a win rate of 50% (10 wins and 10 losses). Last season, the regular league-championship team regained its dignity.
The individual performance of Choi Jun-yong and Choi Seong-won alone can explain SK’s rising trend. Choi Jun-yong posted an average of 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 8 games, and Choi Seong-won averaged 9.9 points and 2.4 assists in 8 games. The average of 25 points they added is a factor that can affect the game. Not only this, but by reducing the burden on foreign player Jameel Warney, maximizing attack efficiency and shaking the opponent’s defense, the team’s chances of winning increased even more. SK coach Jeon Hee-cheol is also showing confidence, saying, “Now we have to go to the top 3.”
Choi Jun-yong and Choi Seong-won are players who are also good at outside shooting. This season, Choi Jun-yong recorded 38.9% (36 attempts, 14 successes) and Choi Seong-won recorded a 3-point success rate of 47.5% (40 attempts, 19 successes). When the opportunity presents itself, you can always try to shoot from the perimeter. Not only these players, but also Kim Seon-hyeong and Heo Il-yeong are players with excellent shooting skills. 안전놀이터
As a result, it is difficult for the opposing defense to attempt a double team when Warney, the team’s highest scorer (average 22.5 points), attacks under the goal. If a player with poor shooting ability is on the outskirts, he can try a double team against Warney and lower the chances of scoring, but it is not easy to implement such a strategy against the current SK. Moreover, Warney basically has strengths in the attack under the goal, and the feeding ability to get the ball out of the box is also excellent.
Warney is also feeling the effects. “It’s good to have a variety of attack options,” he said with a broad smile, “I’ll definitely see it. The opponent’s defense doesn’t allow many double teams to come in,” he said. Even if a double team comes in, I can create opportunities by getting the ball out of the way,” he expressed satisfaction.