OJ Mayo = The Next Joe Dumars With Ben Gordan Like Scoring Ability
OJ Mayo is on a mission to prove that he's a starting caliber shooting guard in the NBA and is trying to also prove that he can consistently play at a very high level in every game he plays. And he worked his butt off this summer to accomplish the goals he set for himself. Well guys, he's off to a great start as far as showing the talent he posesses as scorer and shooter. Through the first 4 games of season, he's putting up great numbers
- He's averaging 21.6 points per game in a very effecient matter
- He has a 51% FG percentage
- He has a 67% 3PT percentage and leads the league in 3pointers made
- And he has 90% FT percentage
The young man is ballin and fits perfect in dallas "flow" offensive scheme
When OJ Mayo was playing at usc, I told all of my friends that he reminded me of Joe Dumars because of his ability to play as a combo guard, utilize solid defensive skills & instincts, play with a tremendous amount of poise, confidence, toughness, and unselfishness, and ultimately be a great combo guard playing alongside a great point guard, where he can share playmaking, ball handling, and decision making duties with the point guard, but be asked to do what he does best. Which is score and shoot the ball at a very high level when needed, while playing the shooting guard position
And OJ Mayo is doing just that, while playing along side darren collison who is also playing great right now. Dallas has the potential to be a very tough team to play in the play-offs, if oj and darren continue to play at a very highlevel. When it comes to scoring at a high level and making everybody around them better
OJ Mayo is definately not the superstar player that he was hyped up to be in highschool, but he definately is a very good player who has the potential to be a allstar, if continues to grow, mature, and maximize the development of the all around skills that he posesses now
- My Scouting Report On OJ Mayo's Scoring Tools
When I watch OJ Mayo play, he has a offensive skill set that is very similar to Ben Gordon . Like Ben Gordon, OJ Mayo is a very talented scorer and shooter, who has the ability to create and make very difficult shots against very tough defense. His main weapon is his beautiful jump shot, he uses great shooting mechanics, and can make shots from any and every angle. He has very good offensive footwork on the perimeter ( he can utilize very good balance & body control on the perimeter, jabsteps, stepbacks, shotfakes from every angle, 1-2 dribble pull-ups, he can make difficult fadeaways with ease, he moves well with-out the ball in catch & shoot and catch & drive situations). He really is a very talented scorer, who at times can become a guard who's simply too hard to guard. The only things that he needs to work on to become an even better offensive player, is to simply challenge himself to become more confident in his slashing ability ( which can be easily done, because he's a very skilled ballhandler, who can utilize a variety of dribble moves to create space and driving lanes for himself ). He also needs to work on maximizing his finishing ability around the rim. Which will turn him into a guard who can consistently get 22 -26 ppg with ease every game.
Examples Of OJ Mayo's Offensive Talent & Ability:
Very solid profile I agree. I really wanted a team like Cleveland to land Mayo and was disappointed when my Sixers showed no interest cuz he'd fit perfect next to Jrue and Turner as a scorer shooter. How do you think Waiters compares to Mayo? While I don't really compare Waiters to Mayo I would compare them both to Ben Gordon and Joe Dumars.
I still think he hasn't solved his issue which is attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line. Right now he's averaging 3 FT attempts per game, I can't remember the last 20PPG scorer who averaged less than 3FT attempts per game. His shots are falling right now, and but their not always going to, I still see him as a one dementional scorer who settles for jumpshot. With his ball handling skills and skills, he should be getting to the free throw line more.
The reality is that yes OJ needs to do a better job of using the great ballhandling skills he posesess to drive to the basket more, to finish shots around the rim more, and to get to the free throw line more. But you also have to be realistc of what kind of scorer he his. He will always be a shooter first and slasher second, when it comes to the options that he uses to score at a very high level. For example, if you made larry bird, dirk nowitzki, ray allen, Jeff Hornecek, Ben Gordan, Reggie Miller, Joe Dumars, and Peja Stojakovic all average shooters, they would all be average players. What made them all great scorers is because they were all great shooters. But OJ definately needs to develop a balance betweem shooting and driving to the basket to grow from being a very good scorer into being a great scorer
He has two 30 point games in the last 2 or 3 years and suddenly everyone is comparing him to Hall of Famers Joe Dumars or Ray Allen.
His problem isn't that he can't score, we all know he can. Question is, can he score consistently, I mean the guy played pretty terrible in the first two games of the season. Here's a guy that can score 25 points one night and 5 points the next night.
Not only that but is he a good enough team player and leader to lead this team post-Dirk if he chooses to stay there long-term.
There are so many question marks about this guy, we need to wait a couple more games before we start comparing guys to Hall of Famers.
Remember a couple of years ago when Michael Beasley got off to a hot start and he was suddenly seen as an All-Star player that was going to turn things around in Minny? What happened now?
So why did I get negged crazy yet nobody answered my question?
And people have been comparing Mayo to Hall Of Famers since he was an 8th grader so this is nothing new for him....
If Mayo started attacking off the dribble more he could be a force but that's a big if. What's even more disheartening is that Mayo has the quickness, ball handling, strength, and a 40" vert to become a really big problem if he started getting into the lane more often.
It might be nothing new for him but it still doesn't necessarily make it right.
By Jordan's own admission Dumars was one of the greatest defenders he faced - a little more than 'solid' defensive skills don't you think? Dumars is a Finals MVP in his own right. I don't see anything other than his rookie year that suggests he can be that guy. I won't right him off yet in that respect though, he may have this team once Dirk is done.
I like Mayo a lot, but he should not be mentioned in the same sentence has Joe Dumars. Mayo was compared to Ben Gordon by this very website before he was drafted, it is a pretty accurate one in my opinion. So yeah, that's nothing new.
Dumars was a better scorer than Ben Gordon, IMO.
I guess me and Indianabasketball can restart our Mayo vs Gordan debate since Mayo is in the process of catching up