I’ve been thinking about it (because what else would I be thinking about?), and I don’t see any reason why a Chris Paul/Steven Adams pick-and-roll wouldn’t be successful 100 percent of the time. Literally 100 percent of the time. Paul is such a good passer, and Adams is such a good finisher, it’s a play that should be being executed every single time they are both on the court and the Thunder have the ball.
There’s a reason that the NBA loves the pick-and-roll: even with bad players running it, it can be a fruitful play. You could have a pick-and-roll with Yinka Dare as the ballhandler and J.J. Barea as the roll-man and you would probably get a bucket 1 out of every 5 tries. That’s just how good it is.
With Paul and Adams, that’s just unfair. The only thing that stops the success percentage from going up to like 120 or 130 percent is that Adams can’t really pop for midrange jimbos. He can do floater-ish things from out there, I think, but when it comes to pick-and-pop, it’s not going to always go in. I mean, he could do it. He just doesn’t. We don’t know for sure on this one.