Re: KO ranked #1 rookie
posted at 7/23/2013 10:41 AM EDT
In response to MelWitt's comment:
In response to RallyC's comment:
In response to Fierce34's comment:
On day 1 I said he's a young Dirk and there were some here who laughed.
5 years from now Oly will be an All-Star.
I loved this kid before the C's got him, and have been one of, if not the very first to proclaim KO a future star, along with Fierce, while sooooooooo many threw dirt on our words. Just the truth.
LOL...this is me and the many posters on these threads who've said wait until he starts playing against real NBA players to see how he does before we make rewservations in Springfield for the guy... :)
Now, that being said...the kid is talented and can be very good, but he's pretty slow footed and will be a defensive liability, especially if he ventures out of the key to defend his opposite which will badly exposed his lack of "Fred Astaire" ability...just saying
I hear ya Mel, BUT a cautious assessment of his actual, tangible, skillset isn't required at this point. Sure, there are no guarantees with any player, BUT KO ISN'T JUST ANY PLAYER. Here's why:
When we see some of these uber athletic, jump through the roof, high flying acts come up after dominating in college, then YES, caution is warranted as they usuallly have simply dominated lesser competition because of their superior athelticism and need to prove that the NBA isn't just gonna absorb their strengths as there are so many of these types in the leagues already and simply make them invisible. But when you see a guy who isn't all that superior athletically (not real fast, isn't jumping outta the gym, doesn't dunk every other bucket, ain't slapping balls into the 20th row, etc,) BUT has the understanding of how the use his height, stride, body positioning, dribble, great court vision, spacing, as well as KO can, and has the a BROAD shooting range, and his kind of superior mental/cerebral capacity (graduated early, NCAA Academic All-America who is finishing his MBA), then you see a unique player who will have immediate success, and soon dominate in the NBA. Remember, YOU CAN'T TEACH 7-FEET TALL! Look at it like this: On a team of just 7-footers from the NBA RIGHT NOW, who plays PG, 2-guard, 3? The only one I know for sure who could play all three on that team of 7-ft players, and do it very, very well is KO, right NOW. That assesment tells you just how dominant he will be inside and outside. Eventually a Larry with Kevin's inside trickery.... I said it before and i will say it again, If KO remains healthy, nothing will keep him from being a perrennial All-star. Said an NBA exec recently, "KO is already good enough to get those GMs who didn't draft him FIRED!" There are opinions, and then there are obvious conclusions. KO isn't just a possible NBA star, if healthy, he is as sure as it gets. 7'0" tall and crazy good all around fundamentals dont lie. 7-footers with all of that don't fail..........DA IS THE MAN!