Don't give up on Bazz yet
Remember the heavy, slow-looking Shabazz Muhammad that everyone quit on the last two years?
I think it's safe to say the old Bazz is back, and just in time too.
Check out his physique at the moment.
http://instagram.com/p/sSl3mSyBIb/ Dude is looking pretty cut right now. Will be interesting to see whether or not he can earn a spot in the rotation after showing signs down the stretch of his rookie year.
Him being ripped doesn't make up for being overrated skillswize and athletically. Sup Omphalos.
Actually its quite the contrary. Yes, he was overrated in both those aspects, but a key factor in him not being the athlete we expected was his weight issues. So indeed, him being in shape may infact make up for the fact he was overrated athletically because he won't be lugging around extra weight. Skills wise, I'm a big believer in Bazz. No I don't think he has starting SF written on him at the moment. I do think he can be a good energy guy off the bench this upcoming season because he has good mechanics and can knock down spot up shots, and is relentless on the glass. Defensively, after being put in the D-League and having a bit of a reality check from it, he started to really put in on that side of the ball. I think he can have a Marvin Williams type career when its all said and done, and no that isn't what he was hyped up to be coming out of highschool, but that is still a decent career.
He was certainly overrated, but he's better athletically than he seemed lately and I'd still take him over McLemore.
His shot is pretty solid, I like his mechanics, he's a hustle guy and while he doesn't create that well off the dribble, he won't have to alongside Rubio and now with Lavine and Wiggins there too.
Plus, he loves to get out in transition which suits their expected focus on the fast break.
I'm not sure if he'll succeed with the Wolves, given how many 2/3s they have now, but hell, just imagine what he could do if he was with Philly.
Was daydreaming today about how good it would be for the Celtics to get their hands on Nerlens Noel, but then got sad because we'll have to wait for Philly to figure out he's not a PF and can't work with Embiid.
Not much going on here, counting down to the Boomers/USA game, VERY excited to have basketball to watch again.
I thought Bazz was above average at two things last year, left block postups, and offensive rebounding. Other than that, Bazz didn't do very much. Bazz hasn't shown the ability to hit the outside shot with any regularity, isn't particularly good at getting to the rim, and was a liability on defense.
Bazz needs to add some things to his game this season if he wants to stay in the regular rotation. Minnesota has a glut of small forwards (Wiggins, Brewer, Bazz, Budinger, and Hummel), and probably two out of the last three mentioned are going to be on the inactive list every night.
I'm a believer in Shabazz, mostly because of his tenacity and will to win. This latest Instagram pick just shows me that he understands what's at stake. If he wants to play then he's going to have to outshine the likes of Wiggins, Brewer, Budinger, Bennett, and Hummel. He can play 2 thru 4 in depending on the lineup and situation, but he's not first in line at any of those positions. I love that he's taking the bull by the horns and fighting for his spot in the rotation.
I just posted my extended thoughts on the matter. The article includes the ripped instagram pic, some cheesy jokes, references to childhood, and of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger...Check it out if you get a minute here:
Since Rubio still sucks, any chance LaVine could become a PG, with Bazz at the 2, Wiggins at the 3, Bennett at the 4 and Dieng at the 5.
That would be an interesting line-up in 5 years time.
Rubio doesn't suck. It is true that Rubio doesn't finish well at the rim, and it is true that Rubio shoots below NBA PG average from 2 point range, but Rubio is a .33 shooter from 3 point range, and over 80 percent from the line. Rubio is a well above average defender, generally neck and neck with Chris Paul for the league lead in steals, and averages over 8 apg with under 3 turnovers per game. Rubio is one of the better rebounding PG's in the league.
Rubio's Win Shares is a very solid 5.9, 2.2 on offense, and 3.7 on defense. By comparison, Kyrie Irvings WS is 6.7, John Wall's is 7.9, and Jrue Holiday's WS is only 1.5, just to name 3 other PG's of similar age. Source, basketball-reference.com Rubio will likely never be an All-Star unless he can improve his shooting.
To answer your Lavine question, I think the T-wolves will give Lavine a chance to play some point, especially during garbage time. I was not overly impressed with Lavine's play at the point during LVSL.
Bazz is not a 2. Bazz doesn't move his feet well enough to check NBA 2's, and doesn't shoot the ball from outside well enough either.
Why is him being in shape the "old Bazz"? The old Bazz was fat and out of shape.