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Royce White (big in the ass) vs lebron (light in the ass)

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Royce White (big in the ass) vs lebron (light in the ass)

Let me preface this by saying I only watched Royce in the tourney, however everyi game I saw he was the best player on the floor. I was just thinking of who I would compare his game to and immediately I thought of a similar but slightly different lbj for the following reasons:

- command of the game; at 6;8 with the handles and court vision he has he can easily take over the game with the ball in his hands, however becomes a much lesser threat with the ball out of his hands (playing off the ball)

- Size/strength/soft hands; both are hulking @ around 6'8 260 however I belieive Royce has more brute strength (big in the ass) vs lbj's more explosive (light in the ass). Each with their strentgth but possibly more important soft hands make them each solid on the glass and in the post

- Jump shot; Each have a questionable J (Lebron's has and still keeps improving with time but as a rookie and even sometimes still his jumper is unreliable) Royce's is somewhat similar to LBJ's rookie year, as in may take some boneheaded shots and make them, but will miss simple easy open shot

- Both make &$#%#[email protected]! teams better - can anyone name players off Royce's Iowa' st tourney team or the first cavs team lead to the playoffs, nuff said

I understand lbj can jump higher and run much faster (easy transition pts) but I think their overall floor game are more similar then not, I would love to hear everyones perspective

ohh and neither have rings (ha sorry just disgruntled cavs fan pokin fun)


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He's a 2006 Boris Diaw

He's a 2006 Boris Diaw

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royce

Royce is more Boris diaw then LeBron, I don't think he will have a huge impact like LeBron does on a team at the next level

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So you basically

Are comparing Boris Diaw to Lebron.

With no disrespect to Diaw´s or Royce´s game, one of the reasons they are not Lebron is because he is a FREAK of NATURE, Pair ability with super-elite athleticism and you have Lebron, and with all his holes, he is still one of the best players on todays NBA.

I really want White to succeed, he is skilled and has vision, dont get me wrong, but he will need to compensate for his lack of elite athleticism in order to be a starter in the league 2-3 years from now, let alone impact the game half as Lebron Does.

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I understand the diaw but comparisons but,,,,

I understand the boris diaw comparisons but there are a few things to keep in mind

- Royce is much stronger then diaw was and probably still is +30lbs, and although I have no memory of Boris's rookie year I'm sure hes more athletic then Diaw comming out

- Mental Makeup; Not sure if its a US vs Euro thing but Royce has that beast mode mentallity, Diaw gave up on the bobcats vs Royce who has been on a mission since the minn debacle (Perry Jones/drummond have more natural talent then anyone in the draft, but I bet they wouldnt be able to do the same to Istate as royce)

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Any Iowa St fans?

As stated earlier I was only able to watch Royce in the rourney, and would love to hear some perspective from someone who's watched him on the regular

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i do belive Royce is better

i do belive Royce is better than Boris Diaw, they have similar skills set but Royce is much more aggresive and assertive to score the ball, i'll say Royce is similar as a player to Jamal Mashburn without the jump shot as of now!

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Don't forget how good Diaw

Don't forget how good Diaw was that year Amare was out in Pho. If Royce is that good with consistency, he's a borderline All Star.

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Diaw is a much better shooter

Diaw is a much better shooter than White, though. White is probably stronger and more physical than a younger Diaw, but I am not sure he is quite as skilled.

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The closest comparison i've heard

The closest comparison i've heard is Anthony Mason and even that comparison isn't 100% dead-on because White is a better passer coming into the league.

2006 Diaw is also close with the exception that White wasn't as good as shooter while Diaw didn't have the physical gerth that White has.

A less athletic Charles Barkley is another one that comes up.

He's not LeBron, i think we sometimes forget how special LeBron is, in the history of the game, nobody has ever had the same blend of size, athletic ability, natural talent, early league introduction and basketball awareness thAn LeBron, he's just soo extraordinarily freakish.

Back to White, i suspect in the NBA, he will bring the ball up once in every four possessions for his team, his ball handling is so advanced that it'd be a waste not utilising it. His passing will shine in the post finding cutters, open players and in high-low positions. His strength and rebounding will translate, 261 lbs is more than enough to push NBA power forwards aound. It's unlikely that White will be given the same freedom he had at Iowa State due to where he's being projected, chances are he's going to join a playoff team that already has an established style of play, White will simply slot in and add another dimension to their play, nothing too radical.

Talent wise, i personally think he's as good as anybody else in this draft that isn't called Anthony Davis, you put any other of the top prospects on that Iowa State team and make them the star, i doubt any of the top prospects could've done better than what White achieved in his first season, i'm willing to speculate that some of them wouldn't have been able to replicate what Royce did either.

White is going to need the ball in his hands in some kind of capacity because off the ball, he's extremely poor, he's a mediocre shooter (his own admission) and his awareness isn't as sharp as it is on the ball. Also, he needs to tone his body up slightly.

I think his stock is on the rise, he admitted that flying isn't a problem just the preparation involved which was a huge question mark due to the NBA schedule. In interviews, he comes across extremely well, demonstrating an overall high IQ and a trustworthy attitude. I could see him staying at an organisation for ten years, whoever picks him up will get an incredible human being.

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hmmmmm

I see why someone could see - a quite poor mans Lebron too. Like most said its the athletism gap that the biggest difference. I wish he did the combine Id liked to have seen his results.He gets up pretty well but not sure anout his speed (so i wonder if he was hiding something by not doing the combine) His success will be deeply rooted in which team drafts him. But hes really good around the basket and mid post so thats his bread n butter in terms of being effective off the ball. Just not sure whoo he guards.

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