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|1 day 7 hours ago||I'm here for the posbang.||
I'm here for the posbang.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm not totally sure what||
I'm not totally sure what guys expect from GR3. He's never had the ability to really create off the dribble, and most guys don't just magically develop that in one offseason. If a guy gets to college and can't create off the dribble, don't ever expect him to. It can happen, but it's incredibly rare. For that reason, I've always been pretty pessimistic about GR3 in that first or second option role. He reminds me a bit of Kawhi Leonard, and like Michigan fans, Spurs fans have been waiting for Kawhi to show the ability to create for himself. Mind you that's a generous projection, dependent on GR3 continuing to make strides with his jumper, and if you're an NBA team I think you'd have to be thrilled if GR3 reached that level.
Stauskas, unlike Robinson, has the benefit of having an elite level NBA skill, and that's incredibly valuable. Guys like Korver stick around for ages because at the end of the day, it's always nice to have a guy who can hit the 3 ball consistently over 40%. The improved ability to get inside and finish is incredibly promising as well. If you were to compare him to a pro right now, I think Klay Thompson is the closest match skillset wise, though I wouldn't expect Stauskas to get to that level of total scoring.
McGary I really don't know. He HAS to get the mid range jumper down and figure things out at the free throw line, other wise he's nothing more than an energy guy. I don't know if he ever develops real back to the basket ability, he's a quality finisher around the hoop but it's unlikely he ever creates much for himself. Defensively he has a good bit of upside due to his athleticism and size, though it'd be nice if he were a bit more prolific of a shot blocker.
I would expect Stauskas to be the most useful player out of the gate of the three.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I have an apartment I'm||
I have an apartment I'm looking to fill a room in, and seeing as I'm in the process of considering posting the room's availability on craigslist, I figure I could do a whole lot worse than a fellow Wolverine. Email me at n.repole (at) gmail.com if you're legitimately looking for a place in the greater Boston area.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||It should have been a first||
It should have been a first down. If it makes you (or anyone else) feel better though, we probably would have just ran the ball three times for a grand total of three yards, so it probably didn't change the outcome. The missed blatant hold on one of PSU's early touchdowns and the weak PI call haunt me more than the lack of a first down there. If those things go our way, maybe we win.
Either way, win or lose, the thing that bothers me most about this game is Fitz stat line. It's absolutely inconceivable how any coach allows that stat line to happen. Oh, the first 20 runs netted us 20 yards? Lets try seven more times!
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Why on earth did OSU not use||
Why on earth did OSU not use a timeout or two when NW had the ball?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||That call doesn't get made a||
That call doesn't get made a lot because the ref isn't typically so on top of the play. Most of the time they won't see that hand on the back turning the receiver a bit, it's why DBs do it so often (especially on slants), but when it's directly in front of them you can expect it to get called.
Definitely a break though, that type of thing isn't called all the time, regardless of whether it should or shouldn't be.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||He reminds me a bit of Deion||
He reminds me a bit of Deion Branch who was drafted in the 2nd round, though I think coming out of college Branch had a bit more top end speed/quickness. In his prime though, Branch was mainly a shifty guy who ran great routes, had great hands, and blocked well despite his 5'9 frame. He did that on the outside as well, like Gallon thus far in college, not in the slot.
Get him with a QB who really values precise route running and good hands over pure size/speed and I think Gallon's got a quality NFL future. Like Branch in Seattle though, if he doesn't end up in the right system or with the right QB, goings could be pretty rough.
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||The Jags should consider||
The Jags should consider giving Braylon a call, pretty sure Hennebot still spends the first three seconds after a snap checking to see if Braylon's open despite him not being on the field.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Isn't too hard for me to||
Isn't too hard for me to believe that the girl involved didn't want to press charges due to the publicity it would receive and the way she would undoubtably be treated around campus. And without that girl pressing charges and wanting to speak out against it the police perhaps did not have enough of a case.
That doesn't mean it didn't happen, and based on what's out there regarding the situation, it seems a whole lot more likely to me that something malicious did happen. As things stand, I don't look forward to FG attempts as I can't bring myself to root for the type of person Gibbons seems to be.
Lewan's actions were shitty too, though to me that's more just a guy truly believing his friend didn't do anything wrong, trying to defend him, and being an idiot about it. I can forgive Lewan for his ignorance and stupidty, Gibbons on the other hand I hope never steps on campus again when he's done here.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||PER is heavily influenced by||
PER is heavily influenced by usage. Practically anyone who dominates the ball at the rate Jennings does can put up an above average PER. Go look at Antoine Walker's career PERs, and yet practically no one from the advanced analytics crowd will come by and say "there's a guy who helped a team win." On the flip side, RAPM doesn't seem to think too fondly of Jennings, and his TS% of 51% is awful for a guy who shoots that much.
There's some hope for him if he ever figures out the difference between a good and a bad shot, because he does do a solid job of not turning the ball over and distributing. But when he puts up a jumper, which he does really, realy often, it's bad news.
In the right situation, I think Jennings is capable of being useful. But I can't think of a situation worse for him than Detroit, where he's going to be depended on to space the floor (since no one else on the team can shoot) and create far more offense than he should be relied on for.
EDIT: That isn't to say Knight's any better of a player by the way. I don't think he ends up any more than a 7th man at best to be honest, but that doesn't change that comitting to Jennings as the PG of this team is a mistake, compounded further by trying to turn Josh Smith into a SF.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||For a blog that has a ton of||
For a blog that has a ton of advanced analytics stuff, albeit mostly regarding football, I'm shocked to see a mixed reaction here.
Jennings is a bad player right now. He doesn't help you win games:
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Because they were never going||
Because they were never going to get Rondo for Knight.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||This line of thinking would||
This line of thinking would be acceptable if the Pistons were anywhere close to good. But when you're a lottery team, you don't draft to win now.
None of the Pistons backcourt options are good enough to justify passing up the BPA at #8, and if Burke's available at #8, he's definitely going to be the BPA. The only two players the Pistons should be building anything around are Monroe and Drummond, everyone else should simply be looked at as potential trade bait.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||"Best ... ever" might be||
"Best ... ever" might be taking things a bit far on reddit.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||The primary concern has||
The primary concern has pretty much always been about the offensive system that would be put into place under Hoke, and abou tthe viability of MAN BAWL on a national scale.
That said there were some people concerned that Hoke wasn't a "sexy" enough hire and wouldn't be able to recruit on an elite level, but clearly that wasn't a justified concern.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||"Name one guy that went from||
"Name one guy that went from being a good shooter to great?"
It's not aobut going from good to great though, or from one arbitrary state to another, but simply put shooting is something that has a tendency to improve dramatically after a player's amateur career, and the ability to create off the dribble doesn't.
Jason Kidd became a quality three point shooter.
The NBA is full of guys who entered the league with questionable jumpshots but eventually turned into quality shooters. Finding a guy who came in without the ability to create for himself off the dribble and developed that ability while in the pros is near impossible.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||One of the easiest skills to||
One of the easiest skills to develop, really? I'd argue the complete opposite, it's incredibly rare to see a guy come into the league with a shaky handle and really tighten it up. Guys can improve their ball security in general, but typically someone who can't create off the dribble consistently in college isn't going to do so in the pros.
On the plus side, one of the things that is likely to improve for a guy like Hardaway is his jumpshot. Right now it's raw, he's a streak shooter who has solid form but hasn't produced the best results. Those are the types of guys who can take a big step forward and become reliable knock down shooters. To me, Hardaway's career goes as far as his jumpshot takes him, as he doesn't really have any tools that stand out as elite, and that's the one thing that has a shot at developing to that point. Refining his game defensively would help a good bit as well.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||What makes anyone think||
What makes anyone think they'd have gone higher if they stayed?
|34 weeks 5 days ago||"Options"||
The problem is guys who go to Europe don't get a ton of playing time because the system there is so different and teams are so comitted to playing guys with experience. Brandon Jennings didn't get to play a ton of minutes in Italy, teams didn't get much of a chance to really evaluate him. He lucked out in getting drafted relatively high still, but it's a HUGE risk as a prospect to go over to Europe.
For most guys, thanks to the one and done rule, the only real option is to go to college if they want to actually be evaluated properly. And yes it's the NBA rule, I'm not blaming the NCAA, I'm blaming the NBA.
At the end of the day, these elite players come to school and the value they receive in return is far, far below what they would if they were allowed to enter the draft. A lot of guys do get a great deal, the guys who get scholarships while they don't really produce money for the University, and those are the guys who should be thankful. But let's not act like we're doing Shabazz or Nerlens Noel or whomever any favors by forcing them to go to school for one or two or three years.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
Obviously anyone who understands that player's are essentially forced into giving up a huge financial opportunity is cleary an idiot I guess. Burke and McGary both would have chosen to be here this year regardless of if they could have entered the draft, a guy like Shabazz Mouhamed didn't.
Shabazz would have gone top 3 last year, now he's struggling to stay in the top 10 AND lost a year of salary in the millions of dollars. But I'm sure he's really happy he got his one year of tuition at UCLA.
The one and done rule is a joke, the system should be closer to baseball's. Let guys enter straight out of highschool, or require two years of college.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||#3||
I think #3-#9 in this draft is entirely subjective, could definitely see Burke go as high as 3.
#1 and #2 should be locked up with Noel and McLemore though.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Brady + Woodson together in||
Brady + Woodson together in New England.
Make it so.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Efficiency wise he's good,||
Efficiency wise he's good, but not dominant. He's an ok rebounder but not great. Defensively he doesn't do a ton to stand out. He profiles as the exact type of guy you love to have on a college team but probably doesn't do anything well enough to be a huge asset on the next level. Very few players get to be go to scorers in the NBA...
|44 weeks 1 day ago||A bit confused as to how||
A bit confused as to how Burke would jump in projections after the last week or few weeks even. If anything I feel like he's been a bit exposed against some elite defenses.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the guy, I think he'll make a damned good NBA player, but watching him settle for contested 3s and struggle to get into the lane these past few games wouldn't make me feel any better about his chances to be an elite NBA guard. From a scouting stand point I'd have the same, if not more, concerns as I would have had a month ago.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||They're all somewhat flawed||
They're all somewhat flawed from an NBA standpoint. (EDIT: I mean that in that they're all unlikely to become genuine NBA superstars)
Burke - Size is somewhat of an issue, and defesively he leaves a good bit to be desired. On the offensive end, though he does a good job of running an offense, he isn't the most creative passer you'll ever see. I expect him to be a solid starter, but I don't really see him being a star on the NBA level. I'd say it's a whole lot more likely that he ends up being a Mike Conley caliber player than he ends up being Chris Paul.
Robinson - Doesn't handle the ball especially well, wouldn't expect him to be a guy who ever really creates for himself. I don't know how much room for improvement he has in that regard (ball handling is one of those things that's REALLY hard to greatly improve). How good he is in the NBA will largely hinge on how much he improves his jumpshot. He's a solid set shooter from three, but his jumpshot in general is pretty average. He's not a guy who's going to hit jumpers off screens, or pull up for a contested mid range jumper off the dribble. I could very well see a Gerald Wallace type career, though Robinson isn't that caliber of shot blocker.
McGary - He's big, he's mobile, and he has a great motor. There will always be room in the NBA for guys like that. But he's not going to be a shot blocker/defensive game changer on the next level, and he isn't going to create for himself on offense. He really needs to work on developing a reliable mid range jumper.
Hardaway - Skill set wise, he has pretty much everything you want from an NBA wing. Solid size, he can shoot off screens, off the dribble, or while set. Solid finisher. Handles the ball decently, rebounds, passes. The problem for him is that he doesn't do anything exceptionally well, and unless you're a superstar, it's hard to stick in the NBA if you don't have a specialized skill. If he improves his jumpshot he'll stick.
Stauskas - For the same reason Hardaway might struggle to stick on the next level, I think Stauskas makes it. His shooting combined with solid size and a pretty well polished offensive game makes it likely he finds a role somewhere. Defense will be a big question mark of course, but if he can consistently shoot 40%+ from 3 in the NBA he'll find a home.
These are all 19-21 year old kids though, so of course none of them are finished products. A lot of how they fare on the NBA level will have to deal with the situations they're drafted in, the coaching the receive, and how their development is directed.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||I hate that Denard was in an||
I hate that Denard was in an offense that was less than ideal for him these past two seasons, it's led to a lot of people feeling like a Michigan without Denard is a Michigan capable of winning more games (which right or wrong, sucks). That isn't a knock on Hoke or Borges, it's not easy to entirely rewrite your system for a guy, I just can't help but feel like we missed out on a couple Heisman-type seasons from Denard (health withstanding).
|49 weeks 2 days ago||even better!||
on an even more optimistic note, the B1G is only going to get stronger with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers!
|1 year 12 weeks ago||That's one hell of a tackle||
That's one hell of a tackle by Gholston.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||poor kid, hard not to feel||
poor kid, hard not to feel bad for him there.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||It's Mike Kwiatkowski time!||
It's Mike Kwiatkowski time!