Right, but since the guys you often trumpet tend to go undrafted or end up in the G League, you can probably guess why your dissenting opinion on an athletic freak with NBA skills isn’t well received.
I don't agree with this at all, primarily because it always depends on the location of our draft pick(s). Yes, I was wrong about Jaylen Brown, and have no problem admitting it, btw, but if you go back and look at the guys who I liked in terms of our other first rounders, etc., that year, they've actually become pretty good players, while the vast majority of the rest of the undrafted dudes have at least gotten a chance to play in the NBA, although, again, that's probably nothing more than sheer dumb luck on my part, lol
Whatever. I've always been the one guy out of one hundred people, for example, who looks at things in a completely different fashion than everyone else, so this is nothing new, to me, lol
. Actually, it's really annoying, to be honest
, as it's certainly not my intention, nor am I any kind of contrarian, but it's fine. Don't worry about it.
Unrelated: I've been meaning to ask you, btw - who or what is "Sexyscottish"? Is this some kind of Outlander reference, lol
To be clear, I think you’re a smart poster and you add to the board, and I also think you’re right to be wary of prospects with motor concerns.
But if a kid can put up 12-8-1.4 and 2.7 blocks as a freshman in a bad system, he either doesn’t have real motor concerns, or you grab him and don’t look back because if you can fix his ‘motor’ then there’s a good chance you’ll have drafted an all star at #27.
. I like you, too, haha
, and I understand as to what you're saying, but I can only go off of the information that is available to the average bear
, and as a result I just don't believe that you can teach someone how to work and/or improve their motor.
To me, those are simply inherent traits, and expecting the coaching staff, etc., to be be able to fix it just isn't a realistic, well, expectation, imo. Look at James Young, for example. Here's a guy who, admittedly, at the time of the pick I actually wanted, although as soon as he was drafted I had a terrible feeling that we had made a huge mistake and that Rodney Hood would come back to haunt us, and, like Gerald Green, before him, not to mention Williams, now, was supposed to be a lottery pick but for some reason had slipped on draft day; and why was that? Well, and as I subsequently learned, Young had not only gotten into a car accident prior to the draft
, but had also been flagged for having a poor work ethic by Kentucky fans, and remember, this was a guy who was taken in the very same draft as Smart and was around the latter throughout summer leagues and good chunks of the years in which they were teammates, and yet none of Smart's fire and/or "being in his ear" ever resulted in Young working harder or even giving more effort while he was on the court, so if Smart is still on the team, next year, why should I realistically expect the result to be any different for Williams?
Now, does all of that mean that I am rooting for this guy to fail? Of course not. I want to see him succeed and become, at the very least, a solid contributor for years to, well, come, but what frustrates me is that Ainge keeps making the same mistakes in regards to draft picks, and I just don't have time for someone who isn't going to work hard. Period.
Actually, I probably shouldn't care, at all, since it's certainly not my money nor my job to worry about such matters, but I do because fandom, lol
The biggest question NBA teams have about Patton revolves around his toughness, awareness and fundamentals as a rebounder and defender -
So he lacks toughness too according to Givony.
Physically, yes, hence the reason for Patton having added noticeable bulk to his frame over the last year, but I disagree with Givony when it comes to fundamentals insofar as rebounding is concerned, as one of the things that I love about Patton is that unlike most big men out there, the guy actually keeps the ball high as opposed to bringing it down, for the most part.
Now, does that mean that he's a perfect player? Of course not, but he's a hard worker with a great skillset and your typical late-bloomer, with really the only similarity with Nolynyk being that both guys grew up playing as point guards. One of the principal differences between them, however, is that KO really never stopped playing like he was a 6'3" high school, well, point guard, while Patton has rapidly evolved from being a completely unknown 6'1" freshman pg to a 6'11" true center with guard skills, if that makes any sense.