Watching these NBA playoffs, I've noticed a difference between certain types of players, particulary between guards and swingmen. I heard a couple analysts say that A.I. and 'Melo are "volume shooters." That means they get their points by taking a lot of shots. It seems as if volume shooters are directly correlated to slashers, guys that can drive to the basket. The thing is, a lot of slashers aren't great percentage shooters, particularly from 3-pt range. Look at the entire Warriors team. They have a lot of guys that can get to the hoop and create their own shots but they aren't consistent shooters. They're streaky shooters, which is part of why they play up-tempo and take so many shot. The Suns play a similar style but they're more successful because their shooters are better. Plus Nash is usually setting them up for open looks. Great shooters aren't generally as adept at ball-handling as slashers. Guys like Reggie Miller and Rip Hamilton run through screens to get open. Players such as Ray Allen and Jason Terry are catch-and-shoot guys. Contrast that with guys like LeBron and Wade who can get to the basket at will but aren't great shooters (Wade does have a decent mid-range game but not much happening from 3-pt range for him). I personally think it's better to be a pure slasher than a pure shooter. Slashers can get hot from the field at times plus they can work on their jumper in the offseason. Having that driving ability is not as easily taught. Think about how much better MJ got when his jump shot became more consistent. I think Kobe and T-Mac are two of the best toady when it comes to having a good balance between slashing ability and shooting ability. Thoughts on this concept anyone?