What’s up, Laker fans? Svete here. So I know I’ve done one or two or five Svi Mykhailiuk videos this offseason, and it wasn’t my plan to make another one. But I was standing in the Lakers practice facility yesterday, half-recording the guys and half-trying to figure out a new phone, and this dude hits 20 straight threes in a breakdown drill right in front of me.
Yes, most NBA players are excellent shooters in practice settings. No, they are not usually this good, which is why Lakers assistant Miles Simon asked “how many in a row was that?” once Svi finally missed. The old coaching idiom — which I have no idea if it’s true, but it sounds about right — is that a player shoots around double the percentage in practice that he does in games. But these weren’t just regular, spot-up 3’s that he was taking.
Let’s take a closer look at Svi’s incredible shooting display, and what Svi and Simon were trying to accomplish.
Svi Mykhailiuk hit TWENTY straight threes in this drill from training camp yesterday. @LakerFilmRoom is here to break down why that's so impressive, and what he was working on:https://t.co/Me9J1fzzbc pic.twitter.com/xOzxjb4eNh— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) September 27, 2018
Simon is taking Svi through a shooting circuit here, trying to simulate different scenarios where he’s on the move and has to set his feet before getting the shot up. Relocations to the corner, wide pin-downs, drifts, backpedaling, etc. They aren’t executed at game-speed — which is not uncommon in a practice settings where they’re attempting to address details — but they do involve a variety of different types of footwork.
I am emotionally prepared for Svi to be on the outside of the rotation looking in at the beginning of the season, but that doesn’t stop me from wondering what a guy like this does when he has LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and Lonzo Ball creating shots for him.