I don't know how many of you will perceive this, but I am tired of what's considered the norm when comparing prospects.
I hate that a black has to be compared to a black white-white, foreigner-foreigner. If a player has similar playing styles etc. it shouldn't matter what race a player is for the person to be compared to the opposite race.
Another thing that is killing me year in and year out, folks will find ways to make comparisons to the following players Tony Allen, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Rodrigue Beaubois, Ray Allen, Tracy McGrady Tyreke Evans.
Can we please stop recycling comparisons every year. I'm sick of seeing every 6'4'' 215 SG who happens to be athletic and able to play some D be compared to Tony Allen or D-Wade if they can score very well and beat you off the dribble. If you're 6'1'' and pencil thin you get the Rondo comparison by default because you can pass very well but not shoot or Beaubois because you can jump. Ray Allen comparisons are automatic if you're 6'5'' 195-200 and can shoot. T-Mac = 6'9''-6'10'' freak athlete who slashes. Evans if you're 6'5''-6'6'' with a sick handle and plays the 1.
When comparing prospects their ceiling does not always have to be a HOF'er, Superstar, or All Star. There is nothing wrong with comparing a prospect to a college player or great from the past who did not move on to the NBA if their styles fit. Role players are suitable as well even if the prospect is considered a 1st Rounder.
I'm actually tired of the opposite, I'm tired of people shooting down comparisons like Dion Waiters to Wade, or Beal to Allen, comparisons are fun to see and like you said are based off play style.
Do I think Beal will be Allen? no, do I think that Waiters will be Wade? no. But those are fun to see.
But to improve I think that comparisons should have a ceiling and a basement.
I agree, I have to shake my head when I see a list of top HS players or lotto prospects and 7 or 8 of them are compared to HOFer's.
Yea I feel you, some people last year was comparing Royce White to Lebron lmao.....
Haha, that was one of the worst
Comparisons are pointless to me, every player is unique.
I agree there are no two players who play EXACTLY alike, everyone is different.
The one I am sick of is Ray Allen. Every year there seems to be a player who is compared to him.
yea and sometimes the comparisons are way off. It also seems as if they compare players to who they look like, I guess this goes back to the black-black white-white thing...but i mean they pick guys who look just like them...it should be about the similarities in their games...
for example, they compare otto porter to tayshaun prince lol...what???!!! they play nothing alike except for the fact that they dont need to score 20 a game to help their team..and then tayshaun is lefty and otto is right handed....but then they definitely resemble each other in looks and i think its ridiculous to compare someone to a player cause he looks like him...i mean IMO i think otto could pass for tayshauns brother
also, the guy dennis schroeder being compared to collison?? looks just like him....its like they look @ a dudes face and say 'he looks just like him so thats his comparison
to be honest i feel like if some future POINT GAURD comes along with blue and green hair then he will be compared to dennis rodman lol its ridiculous
My favorite comparison I have ever done was comparing Jimmer Fredette (before the draft) to
a combination of DaJuan Wagner and Steve Kerr. Kerr's potential to make open 3's and be the designated shooter off the
bench on a contending team along with the rest of Wagner's undersized 2 guard volume shooting game.
Since I have been comparing players on the site, I have got 2 to stick by Aran and that's Josh Selby/Jerryd Bayless Myck Kabongo/Erick Barkley.
...Didnt you say you were going to Kentucky to play basketball?
I agree with you. Every single year, the best shooting guards in the draft get compared to D-Wade. Last year, it was Dion Waiters. This year, it's Victor Oladipo. Sure, they might have some things in common, but there is little to no chance they actually end up being as good as he is.
And every lefty is compared to James Harden or Ginobili( basically based on color)
I only like comparisons for players I have seen (mostly foreigners) just so I can get a feel for if that team is looking for someone who is more a shooter or whatever the player is being compared too. If there are going to be comparisons then maybe they should put low budget ray allen or a better version of tim thomas. I just like it for trying to put my mock together when I haven't seen some of the players play
Are based on extremely famous players, simply so everyone will understand. If you compared Waiters to Rodney Monroe, half the people here wouldn't understand.
Yeah, but I like to compare guys to older players. I loved learning about the greats if the 40-70's when I was younger, so if I can get a young guy to google a relevant player from the 80's, I think that is a plus. Last year, I compared Waiters to Vinnie Johnson rather than Wade or any current player.
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I wish draft experts would compare players in two ways first physically then second skill set. An easy example would be Seth curry, physically comparable to steph curry skill comparison Steve Kerr.
Another one might be carter Williams physically rip Hamilton with skill set of brevin knight
Or anthony Bennett physically Brandon bass skill set of maybe Jeff green?
Dennis Schroeder looks like Darren Collison?
Not at all, but what about...
Darren Collison ( Game ) Hasheem Thabeet ( Hair ) haha
"Are based on extremely famous players, simply so everyone will understand. If you compared Waiters to Rodney Monroe, half the people here wouldn't understand"
This.I think people need to realize that the business aspect of basketball probably plays a great role in these guys "potentials". No scout/gm/agent/player/whatever is going to get heralded for finding the next great Luke Jackson. They have to market these guys to make money, and people will follow based on this. I mean come on, look what happened with Anthony Randolph, Oj Mayo, and the likes. We get enamored by the hype and comparisons, follow their career, and then…they are just decent players.
It only makes sense, because if we knew every players real ceiling, would the casual nba fan really watch a rebuilding team? They do these comparisons for our entertainment