My Thoughts On The Performances Of The Top 3 NBA Draft Prospects
Julius Randle like I've said before in the past is a mother f*ckin beast. I haven't seen a power forward play with that much toughness, heart, and skill since Charles Barkley. When needed he showed that he has the ability to be a very dominant player. And I liked the fact that he embraced utilizing his skill set to be a post presence in the paint and around the rim. It was a joy to see, because their are not a lot of bigmen in the NBA who possess great post-up skills. And it was impressive to see that Julius all ready has a solid foundation of post-up skills that will help him become a player who will potentially be very hard to defend in the nba
Jabari Parker is by far the most skilled player with-in college basketball this year. He can do everything and anything. And simply has a skill level that will allow him to compete with the best NBA players right now. Also Jabari looks a lot taller than he did in high school. He looks like he is a legit 6'9" or 6'10". He is also a very good athlete who has underrated strength, quickness, and jumping ability. If Jabari dedicates himself to utilizing a very good athleticism enhancing training routine. Than he will easily have the opportunity to turn himself into an elite athlete.
Andrew Wiggins was impressive and showed a solid foundation of skills that will only get better with time, training, and experience. His athleticism is obviously at an elite level. And his defensive potential is off the charts.
I enjoyed watching the top prospects play tonight. And I'm just looking forward to watching all 3 play great for their teams this year
On another draft note Marcus Smart filled the stat line today also....
If Randle would have even played 20% of how he played in the 2nd half in the 1st he would have literally had 40 points, this dude is the real deal, and I love how aggressive he was and how his confidence stayed high, most people get discouraged or shy away from the ball after constantly getting ripped, losing the ball, etc, he stayed aggressive the whole night and that's big for an 18 year old.
Joel Embiid's sick defese!
You know someones the truth when they go for 22 and 8 in their second game of their career against the #4 team in the country and people are dissapointed.......haha
I wish Wiggins didn't have to deal with foul trouble this game. I would have loved to see more of Wiggins on Parker and see how Parker would adjust to Wiggins defense. For all the "disappointment" in Wiggins' game, he scored .88 PPM, higher than both Randle and Parker. People look at the box scores and see 27pts for randle and Parker and see 22pts for Wiggins will think that Randle and Parker had better offensive games. They won't realize that Randle played 35 minutes, Parker played 33 minutes, but Wiggins' only played 25 minutes due to getting 2 fouls nine minutes into the first half and picking up is 4th foul on a tick-tacky call in the middle of the 2nd half.
Wiggins has so much hype to live up to that people cannot wait to tear him down. He had a very productive night last night in spite of the foul trouble.
He's also the most electrifying of the three guys. Everytime he had the ball I was on the edge of my seat
To me Wiggins doesnt look like a once in a generation talent like a Magic,Shaq or Kareem,he could be a star along the lines of a Dwayne Wade ..
Joel Embiid hasnt gotten the pub given to Wiggins,Parker or Randle,but in 4 or 5 years he could be more dominant then all 3 of those guys...
I'm not even a huge Dwayne Wade fan, but the dude is an all-time top three shooting guard. Three rings, finals MVP, nine All-Star appearances, nine times All-NBA, three time All-Defense, scoring champion.
Very interesting stats regarding Wiggins/Parker last night:
- Wiggins outscored Parker 16-8 in the second half.
- All of Parker's 19 first-half points came with Wiggins on the bench.
- 23 of Parker's 27 points came with Wiggins on the bench.
- The only 4 points Parker scored with Wiggins in the game came off of the lob in transition and from the line after the block foul call on Wiggins.