If you think about what he is already, and then what he can become, you do get very excited. I like his personality from what we’ve seen, I think he will fit well with the locker room. Plus he doesn’t have a ton of pressure to be the man right away.
I love his confidence - on multiple occasions he has said he is a shotmaker. I see him replacing Oubre’s role off the bench to start out, and then if he progresses well, a Hayward or Rozier trade at the deadline will let him progress to that starting role ideally.
He has a combination of size, skill and IQ that’s hard to find even in our league. Almost 6-foot-9. Very good decision maker. Great skill package. Better off the dribble than I realized. He has a big advantage in that he played for a terrific college coach (in Alabama’s Nate Oats) where there’s a lot of structure. We could see it even in summer league practices – he knows how to practice, everything is very serious, about doing his best. That’s the best for young guys to get up to speed quickly.
Take his relative lack of athleticism and strength out of the equation, and he’s a hell of a prospect. That’s what it all boils down to for me. His physical ability.
If he has more burst than the consensus considers him to have, or can develop it, great. Then he could guard down a position to the #2 and will be more able to get to the rim. If he has more strength than the consensus considers him to have, or can develop it, great. Then he could guard up a position to the #4 and will be more able to finish at the rim.
It’s going to be interesting to watch his development. I have my fingers crossed.
I think he’s a fluid athlete. He’s NBA calibre. And his skillset means he has a high floor.
But, to my eye at least, he lacks burst and he clearly lacks muscle mass. So acceleration to beat his man, to get to them rim, and then strength to finish. Adding these physical tools will open up the ceiling of becoming a true triple threat player.
With his jump shot he doesn’t need burst. Paul Pierce is a hall of famer without burst. Larry Bird wasn’t destroying people off the dribble. The modern nba has created the idea that you have to be able to get by people with athleticism. You don’t have to.
That’s a fair point, but it’s pretty clear that, to overcome a lack of burst, he needs some pretty elite level footwork and deception. So, you’re right in that it won’t definitely prevent him from being a three level scorer, but it would certainly help him get there.
It’ll certainly be interesting to watch him develop. A high ceiling, two-way team player who makes the right play is a bloody nice piece to have on the roster. LaMelo, Miller & Williams is a good young starting core, PJ’s a good 7th man and Richards a good backup #5, plus we have some interesting prospects in Bryce, NSJ, Bailey & Thor. We’ve got holes, but I like where we’re at, as long as the new owners are patient and not looking for a quick splash. What I’d give for the right starting #2!
Scoot vs Miller similar to Edwards vs Mello regarding physicality and body NBA ready.
Timeline really fit good for faster ascension If Miles not a SOB.
But Ball being the superstar (and healthy ) around a strong young core…PG Ball, SF Miller, PF PJ, C Mark to go with supporting cast SG Cody, C Nick & even F JT at little less than Jalen end up getting and/or good prospects from late rounds G NSJ, wing McGowan, etc.
Spend $ on a couple more vets & adults to go with Rozier for locker room during the process…even at cost of some of Mitch’s kids Bouk, Miles, & Kai.
Team Ball a Perennial playoff team that can move on from a semifinals out as Miller star talent comes into own.