Yost Ghost

January 23rd, 2019 at 3:16 PM ^

I thought this excerpt was interesting:

"Simpson is usually the first to hold his teammates accountable if they sidestep a charge or jog to close out on a shooter. A host of returning starters from last year's Final Four team are quick to join him. For Brazdeikis, it helped that he had peeked at the scouting reports and recruiting sites that pinpointed defense as one of his most glaring weaknesses. He felt he had something to prove."

SanDiegoBlue

January 23rd, 2019 at 3:59 PM ^

By the way, a bit off topic, but do you think Simpson could turn into Eric Snow and get a cup of coffee in the league.  Seems like a lot of similarities, good floor leader/defense, 50% FT shooter in College...  I guess the 3 inches difference is the killer (and the fact that today's NBA doesn't value defense as much...)

TrueBlue2003

January 24th, 2019 at 1:49 AM ^

The NBA certainly does value defense.  That's why 3 and D guys are so valuable.  The league just makes it tough for anyone to play elite defense with their rules.

But the answer to your question is no, barring a miraculous revelation in his shooting ability, he won't make the NBA.  His problem, that Eric Snow didn't have to deal with, is that there are lots of PGs now that are really good shooters and some of them are good defenders so those are the few that will make it.  In Snow's day, not a lot of PGs could shoot all that well.  It wasn't asked of them.

PGs have evolved like short stops in baseball.  Short stops used to only need to have one skill, and that was defense.  Now you pretty much need to be a HR hitter as a short stop.  Well, you also have to be a 3pt shooter as a PG.