Re: KO ranked #1 rookie
posted at 7/23/2013 11:32 AM EDT
In response to RallyC's comment:
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 and 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 eery 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 HUGE shooting range, and has this kind of superior mental/cerebral capacity that he has, 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 not only could play all three on that team of 7-ft players is KO, right NOW. That assesment tels you just how domnant he will be isnide and outside. Eventually a Larry with Kevin's inside trickery.... I said it before and i will say it again, If KO remains healthy, there will be nothing that 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 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!
Very convincing. I was the first to call him a Larry/Kevin/Dirk Digler hybride and still feel that he will be mentioned positively in the same breaths as them; either singularly or in concert. My predictions:
For shooting, most likely all 3. In rebounding, at least Kevin; maybe Dirk and ideally Larry. In passing we hope its Larry or @ least Dirk. No black holes need apply. With shot blocking, somewhere between Kevin and Digler would be nice. All of this is not a stretch(no pun intended). He could fall short in some, but surprise us in others(and visa versa). Feel free to quote me: We gonna Love TKO...