Anderson & LaVine Going Pro
Both have declared they will be heading to the NBA.
Correct choice for both.. Anderson should be a lottery pick and LaVine could slide but is a lock for the first round.
They been declared. We all are just waiting on Jordan Adams.
I just saw that both actually declared March 28th according to the entry list on here. I apologize.
LaVine's draft range imho is very wide. He can wow people during workouts and at the combine and go as high as 8-9-10, but if he struggles shooting the ball and shows questionable attitude and maturity during interviews it wouldn't surprised me at all if he slips to the second round. I didn't like what his father and other people in his entourage said about Steve Alford. Plus, he's not ready at all, and I haven't seen anything suggesting he might be able to play the point.
Lavine should've came back to UCLA get more opportunity to play the Point Guard.. Steph Curry did the same thing at Davidson and it worked out very well for him, NBA scouts thoughts on Steph Curry his soph year was he was an undersized 2 and were shy on him.. came back for his Junior year and played a lot more of the PG spot and his stock drastically improved.. Tweener guys like Lavine should follow this route
Steph and Lavine are in two complete different situations.
Steph knew he was guaranteed to start and have alot of freedom in his offense to do whatever he wanted because his team needed that.
Alford was very inconsistent with Lavine's role. he even gave his son PG minutes over Lavine. Lavine's family came out and said they didnt like how Alford handled his role and the lack of communication. its clear there was a dissconnect between the coach and Lavine.
Also, Lavine isnt a tweener. he's 6'5 with elite athletcism. if he cant run the point, he's still suited to play SG.
LaVine is a SG. He is years away from being a good college point, much less NBA point. No idea why people are so eager for him to transition to play a position that clearly isn't natural for him. Yes, he may have played point in high school, but that doesn't mean he projects as an NBA point. His strengths are shooting the ball and making plays in the open court. He is not anything special as a passer and isn't going to be a dynamic half-court scorer anytime soon.
Oh...a SG who can't shoot
Can't shoot? Yes, he shot pretty terribly late in the season, but I think he established he has really good shot making ability. If his shooting ability doesn't translate to the NBA, he isn't going to make it regardless of position, because that is perhaps the biggest strength of his game.
Even though he has the hype going for him right now, I think Lavine should have stayed. His draft range is all over the place. He could end up a lottery pick..or he could go in the 20's. Say he comes back to UCLA and does what he needs to do (gains muscle, work on his half court offense, proves he can the "the man" and a leader), and has a good season. Top 5 for sure, maybe even top 3
or say he comes back and continues to have miscommunications/problems with the coach and no difference is made or worse..his stock worsens.
its clear both sides didnt get along.
Didn't know about the issues with the coach. Those things can be worked out but hey it is what it is. As far as no difference being made in his game, causing his stock to fall..that doesn't necessarily fall under him "doing what he needs to do". All I'm saying is that he has a chance to improve his stock. Right now he's all hype.
I don't know what advice he's getting, but I don't think many teams will look at him in the first round because he's unproven and not ready to contribute right away. If he slips to the second round (a small possibility), he might find himself in the D-league real quick.
Of all the incoming draftees, I'd say he's amongst the least NBA-ready. Most teams only have a single 1st round pick and want to improve their squad for next season.
If he turns out to be a star, then many GM's will look foolish. But in a deep draft I'd play it safe and take a proven player in the 15-30 range,
usually around 22-30 teams are just looking for value. his upside is too high to slip out of the 1st.
even though he might not be ready right away, down the line he can turn into a steal for teams selecting in the bottom of the draft and he's still available.
Who thinks JA is gonna come out? He isn't going to raise his stock anymore he has nothing left to prove at the college level