In a not so top heavy draft Iim curious to find out who everyone thinks has the highet ceiling of potential. You have the first 2 guys with Big Mac getting the Ray Allen comparisons, and Noel being a more mobile Marcus Camby. Then some people have Otto Porter at the top if their big board, because of his all around game at his 6'9 height and 7'1 wingspan, also noted as a late bloomer that didn't play AAU growing up. Alex Len is 7'1 and looks like a true center,MCW is a 6'6 PG with a developing shot, and Steven Adams is just huge and athletic.The crazy comparisons have been thrown out their also when Victor Olidipo started getting rediculous MJ and Wade comparisons, Anthony Bennett is said to be a mixture of Charles Barkley and Larry Johnson, CJ McCollum has the Damian Lillard/Steph Curry like game and background, we even have 2 guys that haven't proven anything look as the next Magic Johnson( The guy out of Greece) and Ricky Ledo being called a SG version of KD.
So my question is what guys have the most potential out of this draft, and what type of players can they become.
Anthony Bennett has the most potential. He is the best one-on-one scorer in the draft by a large margin, is an excellent shooter, and, while he is a bad defender, he has really nice physical tools to get better. Bennett was absurdly efficient (60% True Shooting %) on offense last season despite the fact he was responsible for creating most of his own offense and battled injury. He has bust potential, but he is far and away the best scorer in the draft and should become an excellent rebounder as well. Plus, he can space the floor, so he can be alright without the ball in his hands.
The question is what is "potential", and how you define it? Is it just judge by Athleticism like judging a high school prospect?
Do you mean by star potential or potential to have a long NBA career?
A star may not have the longest career in NBA. You can look at Tract McGrady and Allen Iverson.
Players don't need to be stars to contribute in the league, like Andre Miller.
If you purely based on star potential, Anthony Benett, Ben McLemore should be the choice.
The problem is, so many draft prospects didn't pan out, just like Michael Beasely.
you don't get drafted in the first round playing against people scouts deem as division ii, iii or naia unless you have a super high potential.
Not saying he has the highest potential but Steven Adams looks very nice.
Injuries scare me but he is a major mismatch. He can score in the most ways and he will board.
Where is the best fit for Anthony Bennett?
I think that this draft will come down to fit.
I would say Charlotte is the best fit in my opinion. They could use some more scoring after drafting MKG last year. They have a very weak front court and he could start from day one at PF. It also helps to have an athletic 3 that can defend and rebound if you are going to play an undersized 4. Phoenix and New Orleans would also be decent fits and I would expect him to end up in one of those 3 locations.
Yeah I just don't know about his size, SF/PF 6'7 240lbs big body build. I guess if he can drop 10 or 20 pounds and play SF, he could be ok in the NBA. I think people will be shocked how far he drops when draft night comes and names start being called.
Best Fit for Bennett? id say Portland or Dallas. I don't think he'll drop that far, but I wouldn't be shocked either.
I have Bennett at 10 to Portland, but he could go anywhere from top 4 to 10 or 11. He's hard to pin down.
Otto Porter...he could really develop into something special and is improving everyday as he eis exposed to better competition. Played a middling level high school schedule where he dominated and didnt play AAU. Played in the Jordan Brand Classic totaling a whopping 2 points....played behind 3 key guys in Jason Clark, Hollis Thompson, and Henry Sims his frosh year. As a soph he was Mr do it all for the Hoyas and clearly had a great season, upping both his usage and efficiency. During the BE season he was putting up RIDICULOUS efficiency numbers. He works hard to correct his deficiencies and is hungry. Was always an elite mid range player but added range this past year after only one offseason. I see him becoming more athletic in the NBA, a la Jeff Green and I see his ceiling as higher than Green, its just upto him to make it happen. Influences and controls the game other than the traditional scoring, rebounding, and distributing roles. Has a lot of room to improve because he's only been playing against good competition for the past two years and just turned 20 this month. Really people are sleeping on him because he's already so savvy, but in my mind he's only gonna continue to get better. All he has to work on for next year is extending his range some more and tightening up his handle. As last season progressed his handle was already getting noticably better so the sky is the limit for the humble, ultra skilled young man. At the very least if he doesnt develop above average athleticism he will be able to get free off of his change of pace a la Paul pierce. I see him being a Luol Deng type contributor with a higher ceiling its upto him to reach that level. I see his peak as somewhere around 19-20 ppg and around 8-9 rbs and 3-4 assists and 2 steals a game.
I agree completely. Otto Porter's potential is being overlooked because he's such a polished player. During his freshman year he was labeled as a raw player with huge upside, so the label on him changed quite a bit over the past year. His vast improvement from one season to the next shows his desire to get better. NBA weight training will really help take Porter's game to another level.
Porter's game is very unique so I don't really think any direct comparisons to him exist. However, I like that you mentioned Luol Deng when discussing Porter. Deng is a nice baseline comparison when looking at what Porter can be projected to produce. Chandler Parsons,Andre Igoudala, and Detlef Schrempf are other players that have some of the traits of Porter's game. To me the Tayshaun Prince comparison to Porter is lazy. It's an obvious physical characteristic comparison. Porter was a much more efficient and productive player in college. Prince is more of the floor projection for Porter if he doesn't reach his full potential. Which is not a bad thing because Prince was a very valuable member of my Pistons but having watched both of them in college, Porter is just a much, much better all around player than Prince was at the same age.
Giannis will be remembered as the guy Cleveland should have taken at number one, like when Atlanta was desparate for a pg and passed on Chris Paul.
... was his name-o
Somebody wanted evidence that I thought Washington should have picked Giannis over Porter?
Here's some strong circumstantial evidence, lol.
I think Trey Burke has the highest ceiling. And, I think Porter has the highest floor..
Really? When most people think of potential they think of length and athleticism, which are Trey Burkes weak points as a prospect
Exactly.. Those are his weak spots and they were still respectable.. 6'1 with a 6'5.5 wingspan is decent length. And while his lane agility wasn't very good, his vert was decent. He is no Shane Larkin but who is? LoL.
Also, I watched him alot and i was never questioning his speed or quickness. In fact, one of the memorable plays of the championship game was Trey Burke blocking Peyton Siva.. That was pretty darn good for a small PG..
His immeasurables are what make him great.
You know what scares the crap out of me as a Cavs fan? Nobody has, or ever does say Noel when it comes to potential. How is this guy a projected #1 without being ruled as a player with the most potential?
Oh man, so many white guys to choose from...