Shabazz Napier NBA perception
From what I've heard, many analysts aren't bullish on Shabazz Napier as an NBA prospect because of his woeful inconsistency and his emphasis on flash than the simple, correct play.
For some reason, I've always thought he was a good player (although it was by the eye test), especially in his freshman season next to Kemba. This season, I see that he has been quietly good while sharing ball handling duties with Boatright.
He reminds me of a Jameer Nelson, who can shoot the deep ball, distribute the ball at a respectable level, and get into the paint. His height, build, and wingspan don't scream defensive potential, but I do feel he can be a pest in a full court press.
His sophomore year was, in my opinion, an anomaly and affected his stock negatively. That whole team dynamic was poor and the outside events weighed on the players. Scouts said Drummond was lackadaisical, but look at the way he is playing now with proper leaders in the locker room.
I don't think Napier is going to be a top flight point guard at the next level, but I do feel as though his perception by many analysts is a bit off. He can be a solid and composed pro with a bit of leadership tweaking.
What do you all think?
He's a third string point guard in between the bench and the d-league. 2nd stringer at best but I could see him just going overseas to make more money. I like the kid but it's a point guard league these days.
Definitely agree with you. I just took issue with some of the perceptions out there about him.
He's not a point guard guys, he's an undersized shooting guard that's forced to play point; combo guards are not rare in this day and age
Can we really say that though? He's been forced to play the two-guard spot because of Kemba Walker and Ryan Boatright.
I see where you're coming from, but point guards do various things. It's not like he can't distribute the ball.
he seems like a tough kid with a lot of confidence. I see him more as a Jannero Pargo than a Jameer Nelson. Nelson has averaged double figures in every season other than his 8.7 rookie season. Shabazz Napier will be lucky if he ever makes the 8.6 million Nelson gets paid this year over the entirety of his whole pro ball career in the League and or overseas combined.
Lol you're definitely right about Napier not making that much in salary
i like napier a lot i really do and its been years since he was in HS but i remember him playing @ charlestown hs and lawrence acad. in mass and he was very good but i swear on everything, if he plays in the nba then that is crazy. hes way too little and just isnt good enough, i think people get caught up in an exciting college player too often. the nba isnt for everyone. i mean that dude corey fisher from villanova had no chance of making a team and he was twice as good as napier
napier is a ball-dominant guard to me, one who isnt a pure PG really either. he's like a poor mans kemba walker