I agree, we’ll see how it goes, but I’m not liking the looks of it. Generally, when a guy can play, it is very ovbvious. Aside from the one block he had yesterday, and the one jumper, he looked horrible. I cant count the number of times he lost the ball going into a move or where he just got out-maneuvered or out-muscled or just flat out beat to a spot. His much touted size meant literally nothing. I wanted Duren because his game was much more versatile and multi-faceted. Sure he was raw, but a lot of these guys are. IDGAF about how big Williams is, if you cant move, none of it matters nowadays… and i especially cant stand bigs that arent only liabilities on defense, but also cant create even the smallest form of offense for themselves. Sure, all of our guys would look better with a functional PG out there (which i still cant fucking understand why our FO hasnt learned this over the last 3-5 years, and especially after last SL), but if he’s good, it would flash (you know, kind of like McGowens did). It didnt. And here you are, supposed to be the missing, rim protecting piece that is supposed to shift the momentum of games with your sheer presence. Nope… he looked and played small. Really small. And their scrubs were attacking him like he was 6 foot 5.
I didnt want him before the draft, and as i stated, wanted Duren… draft night, outside of McGowens being a good value pick and liking his profile to grow into a valuable piece in the future, literally everything that happened in that first round was exactly what i didnt want to happen after we picked Duren. It couldnt have went any worse. But, then i read some more articles, watched some workouts, etc., and talked myself into this possibly being the better route. I shouldve went with my instincts. I’m convinced PG or no PG, Duren wouldve shown a lot more encouraging signs yesterday with this team than Williams did. Again, I hope I’m wrong, and its one game, but he looked very average to below average, even considering he is a rookie.
Sorry to use your post as a springboard to vent all of this, buy it is just beyond frustrating. And not just the draft, literally everything that has happened of consequence since we picked Duren has been abhorrent. Clifford coming back, Miles being a fucking idiot, this assembly of another shitty ass SL roster with no PG, Kai still having the coordination of a baby giraffe anytime he has to do something other than dunk or block… and then we get to the fucking game and after all of the hoopla and his bullshit ass defense about whether he actuallly plays young players, and then BAM! The Clifford regime is confirmed back in full force, baby!!! Further evidenced by the fact we gave Nick Richards significant, if not the majority of the minutes last night in his third fucking year in summer league. The dude balled out when given the opportunity in the actual league last year, why tf is he even in Vegas, let alone taking minutes from the rookie we just drafted, who was taken to supposedly be impactful???
Our organization cant get their heads out of their asses. Plain and simple.
And p.s.- i dont mean to be hard on Kai, i think he can be electric running the floor and playing defense as-is, but to not see any improvement in his finer motor skills after a year of NBA coaching was very disappointing