i want some opinions on where you guys think heytvelt will land in the draft. i think he'll be an early to mid second rounder. with his athleticism and ability to shoot from the perimeter he should be a first rounder, but he just doesn't seem like he wants to even play most of the time. he is 10 times the player hansbrough is skill-wise, but hansbrough just has the drive. i think at some point down the line heytvelt could end up as a brad miller/chris andersen type player. brad miller because of his perimeter game and birdman because of his bounciness. what's your take?
I got him 7th in the second round (#37 overall) to the Spurs, so yeah, early 2nd sounds right to me. He's tall, a little lanky and a solid athlete. Raw offensive post game and definitely not the rebounder he should be (only 6.5 last year!). But he can shoot from range, gets to the foul line - and converts most of them!
Now, I'm no scout, but he sort of reminds me of Ian Mahinmi back when he was a rookie. Give him some D-League minutes (and the Toros are a solid organization) and Heytvelt might have something.
I think he will be like Brad Miller in the league!!
If Lebron wants to average a triple double for one season, he's got to have this guy on the team. He's an alleyoop wizard. They could form a Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler alleyoop combo whenever Lebron is down assists.
I really don't think he is the passer that Brad Miller is. He reminds me of Mehmet Okur with less shooting ability.
isn't he like 25?
i love it when the only comparison anyone can make is another tall white guy. heytvelt is more like former zag ronny turiaf. great (pretty much ideal) size for the 4 in the league, good athlete (tho' i give the advantage to heytvelt), and with a nice skill level (again i give the advantage to heytvelt; he's got the better jumper.) turiaf is the better rebounder and more fiery player. like ronny, dude is literally dripping with talent but doesn't have the proper attitude to dominate. if heytvelt could find his inner al horford, he'd be a lottery pick. since he settles for being merely good, he'll land in the second round where if he finds the right team and right coach (like the spurs) he could be a real steal. heytvelt is one of those guys like josh mcroberts or patrick o'bryant who may never get it. unless he gets a serious attitude adjustment (i.e. a mean streak and some heart) i'd say his ceiling is chris wilcox. my gut says he'll end up more like darko; a solid back-up big who shows flashes that'll make you wonder why he doesn't do more...
I compared him to Okur because that's who he plays like. Mehmet is a big man who rarely gets down low and bangs like a PF is supposed to. Heytvelt is just the same, but his jumper isn't as deadly. Turiaf is a guy who plays extra tough D, crashes the boards, and brings a great amount of energy and passion to every game. I have never seen any of those things from Heytvelt.
P.S. For your pleasure I'll compare him to a black guy......Just playing lol, he plays like Okur.
no he's not 25 he's 22. i think he'll be 23 by the time draft comes around though. but i totally agree with mistapink..he needs to develop a nasty attitude, knock some guys around and and fire his teammates up. i thought another comparison(if heytvelt starts showing some tenacity) could be matt geiger that bald dude back in the 90's
I think those Mushrooms he was doing a couple years back messed up his Basketball mindset lol.
shrooms and playin hoops definitely aren't the greatest combo. but that was just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. he's learned from his mistake, did more help in the community than he was asked, graduated college and is now in graduate school. and he's also grown alot as a person. the way i look at it is it's better he got pinched when he did, and not somewhere down the road in his career, and he's been able to grow as a person because of it.