After a nice little team steal following some exquisite high pick-and-roll defense, David West picks up the ball and throws an outlet pass over the top to a streaking Paul George. The All-Star times his run perfectly to catch the ball off one hop, and with no dribble — through the miracle of kinetic energy — George jumps skyward to throw the ball towards the floor.
Bonus points for the always-cool ricochet-off-the-head factor at the end.
David West is a smart player who takes reasonable risks, so it’s not like he has ever been a poor outlet passer. But the more time he spends learning the tendencies of his teammates and the more often he grabs caroms, the more he seems to be looking to spark the break. The result has been a few extra points per game in several recent contests.
The 17-Foot Assassin is becoming a Break-Creating Aficionado.