I know the comparison game is flawed, but does anyone have a good comp for Cooper Flagg? What are the realistic and optimistic projections?
I've seen Andrei Kirilenko, Gordon Hayward, Larry Bird, and Jayson Tatum as comps. My knee-jerk reaction is that these are all different players.
Flagg reminds me of a more aggressive Bobby Jones, but that’s purely based on his athleticism.
I like the Bobby Jones comp, so I looked him up and found this quote:
"If I was going to ask a youngster to model after someone, I would pick Bobby Jones." Said longtime 76ers teammate Julius Erving, "He's a player who's totally selfless, who runs like a deer, jumps like a gazelle, plays with his head and heart each night, and then walks away from the court as if nothing happened."
Dang, his shooting was sick early in his career! He played 84 games as a PF in 74-75, 32 MPG, 14.8 PPG, and shot 60%.
I think the biggest difference is, Flagg is going to probably play the 3 whereas Bobby was a pure 4.
The AK47 comp is a good one too, but they say Flagg is still growing so he could wind up bigger. Maybe becoming more like Dirk.