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|5 days 1 hour 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.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"Best ... ever" might be||
"Best ... ever" might be taking things a bit far on reddit.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 4 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||What makes anyone think||
What makes anyone think they'd have gone higher if they stayed?
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Brady + Woodson together in||
Brady + Woodson together in New England.
Make it so.
|19 weeks 14 min 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...
|19 weeks 21 min 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.
|20 weeks 2 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.
|21 weeks 1 day 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).
|24 weeks 1 day ago||even better!||
on an even more optimistic note, the B1G is only going to get stronger with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers!
|39 weeks 3 days ago||That's one hell of a tackle||
That's one hell of a tackle by Gholston.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||poor kid, hard not to feel||
poor kid, hard not to feel bad for him there.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||It's Mike Kwiatkowski time!||
It's Mike Kwiatkowski time!
|47 weeks 5 days ago||mambo dogface to the banana||
mambo dogface to the banana patch.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Fun Fact!||
Michael Smith @undecided
Fun (?) with numbers: Darius Morris finished with 1 more assist in 1 minute of playing time tonight than Kobe Bryant had in 41 minutes.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||At this point I'm just excited to see him play D1 Football||
Hope the kid makes it, can't wait to finally catch a glimpse of him against some semi-legitimate competition.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Vogrich Announcement||
The entire time I was hoping Vogrich would approach the podium after Trey finished and announce that he too would be returning for another season.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Trust me, no one from Boston||
Trust me, no one from Boston takes anything Tony Massarotti says seriously.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Steps to online||
Steps to online confusory:
1. Put Denard as your 5th WR (while still starting at QB of course)
2. Run a play from the 5 WR set with the backup QB package (Denard will be in the slot, Gardner QBing)
3. Run the hurry up after that play, choose Normal Shutgun, and run the option with Denard and Devin together in the backfield.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||As much as Oden's story||
As much as Oden's story sucks, I'll take blowing out my knee over concussion symptoms that don't seem to go away. A bad knee doesn't really have the same potential to ruin quality of life that a concussion does.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Ugh, the career Lindros||
Ugh, the career Lindros should have had is scary to think about, that Flyer staff treated him so incredibly poorly. It's ridiculous how often the quality of life for players after their career used to be risked without second thought.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Eh, PER isn't really useful||
Eh, PER isn't really useful in Blake's case. Blake is usually pretty efficient (his oRtg tends to be above the league average), which is all you really care about in a role player. He doesn't take a lot of shots because he isn't asked to.
That said, Blake wasn't up to his normal standards efficiency wise last year, so it wouldn't be surprising to see his playing time reduced.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Neh, one of my EECS 497 group||
Neh, one of my EECS 497 group partners
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I couldn't ask for anything||
I couldn't ask for anything more from Hoke. I can't begin to explain how refreshing it is to have a coach who isn't afraid to go for it on 4th around mid field. Watching Luke Fickell punt on 4th and 5 from inside the 40 (I don't remember the exact situation, so don't quote me on that), made me realize just how lucky Michigan is to have a coach who gets it.
That's coming from someone who's a believer in the spread, wanted Rich Rod to get another year, and I was skeptical as anyone about Hoke as a head coach here.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||When did you live||
When did you live there?
For me there were about 6 or so girls in the entire Baits II Conger House building that were "normal-ish," and that's probably an overstatement if anything. I was in the basement, and my 8 person hallway was pretty cool, but it seemed like pretty much no one else in that building was willing to be social.
EDIT: that said, I made a few good friends in Baits, but based on my experiences visiting friends in other buildings, it just wasn't nearly as social/as fun of a place to live. The buildings also smelt like my grandmother's apartment.