The direction is set…’No. 3′ Kang Sang-jae must succeed to complete the triple post

This season is also a triple post. The role of Wonju DB captain Kang Sang-jae has become even more important.

DB lost 106-108 against Suwon KT in Group A of the 2023 MG Saemaul Money KBL Cup on Wednesday at 현금홀덤사이트 Wolmyeong Gymnasium in Gunsan. After winning the first round, DB failed to advance to the quarterfinals with a loss to KT.

Kim Joo-sung, who took over as acting head coach last season, has a clear plan. It’s the triple post. The team is determined to utilize their height advantage with three big men. The idea is to maximize the strengths of Dedrick Lawson, Kim Jong-kyu, and Kang Sang-jae.

When utilizing the triple post, all three players cannot play inside. Coach Kim Joo-sung is looking to change things up by giving Kang Sang-jae, who has been playing at the four, a new role at the three.

On the night, Kang finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and 44% (8-of-18) FG and 0-of-6 3P in 41:52. Despite his poor shooting efficiency, his inside-outside activity stood out. He showed off a variety of moves without the ball, from stabbing passes from the top to post-ups from the inside.

After the game, coach Kim Joo-sung said, “Kang Sang-jae should continue to play the 3. Right now, it’s working, then it’s not. I’m going to keep using it so that it will work well in the future,” he said.

“In practice and training, Kang Sang-jae’s performance at No. 3 has been good. He did a good job today as well, but when he went into the post, the rest of his movement was a problem.”

The triple post has the obvious advantage of height, but its weakness is its inability to defend the perimeter. It can also be slow on offense. Therefore, Kim wants Kang Sang-jae to play the role of fighting inside while occasionally popping up from the outside. He also wants him to pay more attention to his perimeter defense.

To that end, Kang has been working hard this summer to lose weight and transition to the No. 3 position. “We’re going to make him play like a three, not the way he used to play,” said Kim Joo-sung. Kang’s role is expected to become even more important to complete the triple post.

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