Ive seen a lot of tape on him, and a couple games (not many)...i think he has the most upside out of anyone in this years draft...He kinda reminds me of an out-of-shape James Harden. His shot is not fully developed, but his ball-handling has gotten better, and his feel around the rim is very natural. Im also really impressed at his offensive rebounding ability...I think once he gets in better shape and develops a consistent jumper, he can be an all-star at the next level.
I'm watching the game he is playing in right now.. I have to say part of the problem is the team he is on is not utilizing him in the correct fashion. I think that is affecting his season a lot. He is really out of shape. I watched his high school footage and he seemed way more in shape and dominant.
Tough to criticize the coaching and how they are using him when they are in the finals of the Pac-12 tourney and are 25-8...Ultimately he has some weaknesses in his game that are glaring for a wing player. He is too left hand dominant and not a good ball handler. He may indeed benefit more in a more free flowing motion type offense but he does get his share of touches. He does not create for others very well (half of his games he has finished without an assist) and is a catch and shoot player who can score some in the post. So if you limit his catches then you can cause him to struggle on some level. Good talent but the hype does not match what I have seen all year. Perhaps in a more open court style of play in the NBA he will look better. UCLA players typically look better in the NBA than in college. I just worry about his ball handling or lack thereof for a 6'5 SG.
He plays in straight lines... Even in watching how he runs he does not run like a smooth athlete. But he can shoot it, has a hunger for the ball...and effort is never going to be a problem.
I think if you take away the name and the hype, what you got is a freshman wing leading one of the best teams in the country with nearly 18ppg and shooting a very high % from the field including over 40% from 3, then you realize just how good of a player he is. Wings rarely come into college and dominate from the gate and put up gaudy numbers, just look at the struggles recent players like MKG and Barnes have had coming into college and being dominate scorers. Bazz has came in and done just that. In fact Harden is the last blue chip prospect I remember who went to college and averaged over 17ppg as a freshman.
I'm not gonna blame tonights loss on the refs, bit shabazz got raped big time. He was dropping buckets and had charges called when the defender wasn't even close to being in position. He got lubed up big time tonight.
As a former PG, it drives me crazy when hi-level guards can't get at least one assist in each game, but I kinda give Bazz a pass. Larry Drew dribbles the ball for almost the entire possession each time down the floor. It's awfully hard to pick up assists when you only touch the ball either in scoring position or with under 10 seconds on the shot clock. At that point it's time to get a shot up so that's what he does. I do wonder if that will change with a different PG.
In Drew's defense, it has worked reasonably well for UCLA this year and he has been good about not calling his own number too often.
Shabazz has finished half the games he has played in without ONE assist. That cannot be blamed on the PG. Often times Bazz forces left handed jump hooks in traffic when there are 2 people who have converged onto him. And while I definitely agree that UCLA is a better team with Bazz than without the PG Drew is the main reason they are having the success they have. You can trace their winning to his improvement.
I am not impressed with 18ppg when you do nothing else well other than score. He doesn't defend at a high level, doesn't set up teammates, is an ok offensive rebounder... I just don't see it.
Good player...but I don't see the hype. I just will be interested to see how his NBA career unfolds. He is young and can improve obviously.
But right now he is a little selfish without the game to warrant the attitude of being selfish. Extreme example is Kobe..Kobe is selfish..but the dude backs it up because when he gets the ball you see that most have no hope. Bazz is a limited in his ability to handle the ball and I don't see him taking charges or doing other things. All I see from his is his desire to get the ball and score. Just not a fan...
I may get some dislikes but I'm just not seeing a well rounded player.
In a board, i would have him at 9.
The pessimist is right on point.