Danilo Gallinari serves up offensive versatility for OKC Thunder

Danilo Gallinari, OKC Thunder (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Danilo Gallinari, OKC Thunder (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Spot-up shooting

Like Paul George, Gallinari has no trouble stepping away from the ball and spotting up from deep; Gallo’s a career 37.6 percent shooter on five attempts per game. Usually, when we talk about elite shooters, we tend to talk more about smaller guards like Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, and JJ Redick who fly around screens all game and generate open looks through sheer movement. With Gallinari, though, that’s not really the case.

With such an impossibly high and impossibly quick release, defenses can’t really contest his shots. Whether they’re leaving him totally wide open or draping defenders all over him; with Gallinari, the defense feels remarkably inconsequential. And over the past few years, he’s figured out how to exploit that.

Though not an elite mover off the ball, he has a knack for floating around the perimeter and putting himself in a perfect position to strike when the defense collapses. It’s easy to see him and Russ gelling right away with plays like this:

Even though he doesn’t necessarily have to move around, he’s absolutely dangerous when he does. All he really has to do is get a half-step on his man and he’ll get a wide-open shot coming off screens:

Gallo might not be as dangerous a shooter as George, but the OKC Thunder will be able to recycle a lot of the same off-ball sets they used for PG the last couple of years and integrate Gallinari seamlessly into the offense.