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Looking for feedback on Paul George and Luke Babbitt...who will be better?

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Looking for feedback on Paul George and Luke Babbitt...who will be better?

Both guys are about the same height, and didn't play in major conferences. There also both expected to go around the same time in the draft. For those that are familar with both, who in your opinion will be the better player and why?


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I'd take George. He will be

I'd take George. He will be the better all-around player. George is a better pure scorer and he is already a solid defender with the potential to be better. Babbitt is a better shooter though.

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My take

I agree George is the better overall player then Babbitt. I think george would fit in better with about 80% of team. With that said I think New Orleans would be very happy to get Babbitt. he would be a good fit besdie Chris Paul because of that way he spread the floor. I also think the Babbitt has better mid range game and that could be a plus with the Honrets. Teams like Clippers and Indiana I think would be much better off with George. I think its just which player fits in what system.

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Babbitt

Babbitt is a better ball-handler, shooter and is more efficient.

Paul George is better off the ball, is more athletic, and has better defensive potential.

Both would be good passers in the right system. I like Babbitt more, but it's close and I think that George is the better option for certain teams.

Babbitt - Clippers, Jazz, Hornets, Grizzlies, T'Wolves

George - Pacers, Raptors, Rockets, Bucks, Bulls

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Teams

When asked who is btter between 2 players isnt always cut and dry. This is one those situations for sure.

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Luke Babbitt

I may show some bias on this subject because I am a student at the University of Nevada, but I honestly believe Luke Babbitt will be a better pro than Paul George. Don't get me wrong, George is a great player with loads of potential and he has a body that looks like it belongs in the NBA, but I just feel the evidence leans Babbitt's way in this particular comparison.

Look at the breakdown of the last three seasons of each of the player's careers.

Babbitt
2007-08 - McDonald's High School All-American
2008-09 - 16.9 pts, 7.4 rebs, 1.4 assists with 46% 43% 86% shooting splits. All-WAC newcomer team selection, WAC freshman of the year, 1st team All-WAC selection
2009-10 - 21.9 pts, 8.9 rebs, 2.1 assists with 50% 42% 92% shooting splits. 1st team All-WAC selection, WAC player of the year, honorable mention AP All-American

George
2007-08 - Not a McDonald's High School All-American
2008-09 - 14.3 pts, 6.2 rebs, 1.9 assists with 47% 45% 70% shooting splits.
2009-10 - 16.8 pts, 7.2 rebs, 3.0 assists with 42% 35% 91% shooting splits. 2nd team All-WAC selection

Both players competed in the Western Athletic Conference in college, so their competition levels are identical, and as you can see by the numbers and the accolades, Babbitt has excelled more than George at both the high school and collegiate levels so far. I don't see why this trend would stop now, especially after Babbitt answered questions about his athleticism at the combine, which a few months ago seemed to be the biggest knock against him.

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50-40-90 shooting percentages

50-40-90 shooting percentages are UNREAL. Can anyone name the last last guy to have those averages coming into the NBA?

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answer

Is the answer Nash?

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George

Way more potential and I am not high on Babbit.

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All about potential

Babbitt is the more skilled player currently. George is more athletic and has more potential to become the better player in time.

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Paul George will be a

Paul George will be a stud....Babbitt will be a really good 1st or 2nd option off the bench.

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Hamdizzle

Potential isnt everything. and who said Luke doesnt have alot of potential? hamdizzle Great post. Im from the Reno area as well and those are great points

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Actually, Babbitt tested more athletic

Stop saying George is more athletic.

He's not.

Does being black automatically make a player more athletic? No.

Babbitt recorded the highest vertical leap of any frontcourt player in this year's draft and tested as one of the most agile.

Those are facts. George is impressive, but Babbit is also impressive.

Having said that, their measurements, heights, weights and wingspans are all similar.

I like them both, but I wouldn't be surpised if George turns out to be a nice Trevor Ariza type player, while Babbitt blossoms into an All-Star. It's a close call, but I think Babbitt right now has more skills and intangibles. I also wouldn't be surprised if George blossoms into an All-Star. I wouldn't be surprised if both blossom into All-Stars! I don't think you can go wrong with either one! We're talking two players with All-Star level talent, in my opinion. Ultimately, an injury to one or the other may be the deciding factor in the NBA.

I see the Clippers taking Babbitt or George at #8. I see the Jazz taking whoever's left at #9. If the Jazz can't get Monroe, it's Babbitt or George at #9. Like I've been saying all along.

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