Greivis Vasquez: Master of the Look Away

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We've looked at Greivis Vasquez in a more holistic sense just a few weeks ago, and the points from that post still stand. Vasquez is having an excellent year, defying expectations far above those set for him when he first entered the league.

One thing stands out to me more than anything else. And it should be noted that the "anything else" subset of his play this season has been quite remarkable in and of itself. Vasquez's new three point stroke (36%) looks absolutely for real, and he's rebounding (14.4% defensive rate) about as well as any lead guard in the league. His passing obviously supersedes both of those things. Specifically, Vasquez has become a master of the look-away.

He's always had some flash in his game, of course, going back to his days as a Terp. Flashiness at the expense of passing efficiency was probably one of the biggest criticisms of his game back in 2010. In the three ensuing years though, his passing game has become more sophisticated and significantly tougher to read.

Vasquez's look aways have been effective in the half court and in full-blown transition, but they're perhaps most integral to the Hornets' semi-transition game, one that's been significantly bolstered this season by Anthony Davis' ability to run the floor and Ryan Anderson's tendency to intentionally trail on breaks. Vasquez has played the role of central fulcrum beautifully by passing players open.

The move he pulls at 1:06 of this video is phenomenal and one we're seeing with increasing regularity:

Confusion, rotation, and.. dunk.

Greivis Vasquez currently has 80 more assists than his closest competitor (Rajon Rondo) on the season assists chart, and it doesn't appear he'll be looking back.

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