Re: I really,really,really,really,really hope Smart & Young are better than the guys we oassed on.
posted at 7/14/2014 1:07 PM EDT
In response to hedleylamarr's comment:
I'm a little confused here. I would first like to say, though, that I, too wanted Vonleh for many of the reasons stated above.
Smart had a bad game in summer league, and he is a bust?
Vonleh had 18 rebounds (although zero points, I understand, didn't watch it), and he's the guy we should have taken?
There's summer league, then pre-season, then regular season.
Early will be better than advertised because he was a senior. With 4 years of college under his belt, he is ready to play now.
Vonleh is a project who had "character issues". While we may never know what that means, suppose we find out he's a complete knucklehead in the NBA?
And, where is Early going to play? They just signed some guy named Melo for 5 years. Early is a SF? Who went in the second round?
Are you trying to tell me that this kid should have been drafted at 17? Because that means Phil is smarter than not just Danny, but everyone else, too.
Adams, Capela, Hood...........those are the guys Young should be compared to........not a second round pick.
If Early becomes an All-Star, every GM will have egg on their face.
We should all probably chill (yes, I've lived in CA too long) and watch Young play, watch a few games from Vonleh, and see if Early comes back to earth...................WAAAAYYY too early for this hyperbole guys!!
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In 2 years at OK St, plus summer league, Smart has come as advertised: great on D, active on the boards, good handle, gets to the FT line frequently, and struggles with shooting. All in all, even with the weak shooting numbers, Smart will be a good NBA player. In two year in college, Smart has posted elite steal and rebound rates, was elite at getting to the FT line, had an excellent assist rate, and significantly reduced his turnover rate in his sophomore season.
Young, in his one season at Kentucky was a mediocre shooter (34.9% on 3s) and had terrible block and steal rates. There is nothing there that indicates that he'll be more than replacement level. Ainge fell for the hype: big HS recruit, big school, got hot in the NCAAs. None of which justifies taking him at 17. Clint Capela, Jordan Adams, Mitch McGarry, Kyle Anderson, or Gary Harris would have been better at that spot.
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