They are close in size with Mullens being more athletic. Thabeet has been in college longer but Mullens has more upside. They can both block shots well although Mullens did not have the time to put up big numbers. Mullens has a NBA ready body and offense. They both still have much to learn in the game and both have fairly low basketball IQ's. Who would you choose. I know Thabeet is getting mad hype but dude looks to small to contribute right now at the center position and he has not been playing much. Mullens looks lost but with 2 years of a big man coach teaching him and also playing with a good point he could average a double double and maybe get a few blocks and also have a perimeter game that is something Dwight Howards does not have. Thabeet is a long way from being a steady offensive player.
Mullens will be the better player.
Mullens is essentialy a high school player coming in... due to the terrible coaching he had at OSU, for some reason he was in Thad's doghouse but this kid will be a player, mark my words...
Blair would eat both their lunches, literally and figuratively...hehe!!!
Thabeet and it isn't close.
Thabeet are yall sure He did less than Mullen in his first year and he does not have the body to do it and he doesn't have the IQ. It took Chandler and Dalembert like 4 years. Mullems will be a stud in 4 years if he can get with the right big man coach.
I just dont see it in Mullens. Thabeet is a whole lot smarter than people give him credit for. Mullens will never be as good as Thabeet on defense. Personally I would rather have Thabeet just because he can impact the game on the defensive end immediately. Mullens will never impact the game on either end of the court. Thabeet is the taller/longer player.
Taller by little and longer by a little but Mullens is more athletic. I think they both have bust potential but I just see Mullens being better because he moves better than Thabeet.
I agree they both do have bust potential. However even if Thabeet never develops anymore from this point on offensively he will still be a quality backup center for the simple fact he plays top notch defense and he can rebound. Mullens is more athletic but Thabeet can get up and down the court pretty well for a big man. I just have a hard time imagining Mullens ever being able to play in the NBA just because I have never even seen a glimpse of him show pro ability thus far. He has a pro Centers body but he doesn't have any pro skills that I have seen. Of course I have only watched probably 7 or 8 games of his in college so I could be wrong.
he's got a better all around game. thabeet may be the better blocker but i think mullens would be the better post defender. mullens is more athletic, agile and he's got a pro body. mullens actually already poses a decent post game, he uses the board well to his advantage. thabeet's got no post D, blair destroyed him on one occasion, but he'll be a good help D like camby.
i see mullen as more of a chris kamen down the road with good coaching and thabeet as more of a mutombo type play mullen we have my pick he has more of and upside along with youth!
Will be a Good NBA player and he will be a Lottery pick at best in this draft.
thabeet actually produced for a number one seed... people forget that he only played like two years of basketball before college... he keeps getting better and is still definitely learning the game... he definitely has upside on both ends of the court... how many big men with four years of actual coaching have a developed post game on offensive? plus, he's already a stalwart on defense... he is a soft player though...
mullens really reminds me of gerald green... they were both skilled and athletic players with good size... looked like great prospects... but neither one of them knows how to play team basketball... they both constantly look lost... mullens has a ton of potential, but he doesn't have the work ethic or personality to achieve it... he probably will never be good on either end of the court... i hope he proves me wrong, but i just can't see it...
He's a project but 7 footer than can run your seeing in the Finals what that equates too. He obviously isn't as good as Howard, Gasol or Bynum right now but remember this guy hasn't been playing basketball that long. A real big man coach will do wonders for him. As for Mullens I hear he's athletic and has an NBA ready body but he's still got a lot of weaknesses.
Here are some,
All-around offensive polish, Turnovers, Ability to put ball on floor, Advanced post moves, Commitment to playing defense, Defensive awareness, Defensive fundamentals, Man to man defense, Off-ball defense, Basketball IQ, Experience, Focus, Questionable intangibles, Work ethic, Passing, Average rebounder, Free throw shooting, Jump-shot no wonder he's not mentioned for any team as a top 12 pick.
Thabeet is better now, obviously, but Mullens could end up being superb. I saw hi quite a bit at OSU, and no-one can doubt that this guy has all the raw skills to be a top center. He just needs to be coached well, and taught some of the fundamentals. There is no doubt he could rebound and block in the NBA, and with time he could develop a decent offensive game aswell. 7 footers with his athleticism don''t grow on trees.