Too Much Potential
When talking about NBA prospects, that Dickey V word POTENTIAL seems to become overly used. I want to know is there a such thing as having too much potential. If so I believe it's a bad thing to have, because it is hurting a player in particular named Derrick Favors. Favors is a guy that has all the potential in the world according to some, which tends to get him in trade bait discussions a lot. Throughout the beggining of the season he was in trade talks all the way leading up to the deadline. Due to being on a team with a loaded frontcourt he is a guy that maybe still sought after because of that P word.
So you sure he's only about potential?
Are you sure it has nothing to do with averaging 6pts, 5 rebs, shooting 51% AND having an NBA ready body at the age of 19?
I'm not trying to bash him @ all if that's what your trying to imply. When everyone was bashing him throughout the draft process last year I was praising him. I actually wanted him in Jersey when I knew we could not get Wall. I never once said he was all potential personally, I'm just bringing up how everyone views him, because I think that's something that may hurt him as far as finding a permanent home.
NJ only traded him because he would take time to develop and they needed to win now plus they were able to move him for Deron Williams. If you get traded for a top player there is no shame to it.
Right now potential is the word that will carry Favors through another trade or two. I wish the Nets would have kept him. Im not sure if he will develop in Utah or ever for that matter. Its not good for a young player to keep getting traded. He has a world of talent and under the right situation I think he can flourished. But guys with potential are usually great trade bait.
While his numbers are low we are talking about a 19 yr old that entered the leauge. I never really bout into the Nba body type thing because over 82 games is a lot different then 34-37 at max. Plus when given time he did produce. Most Bigs (4 and 5 ) take a lil more time to develop. Not to mention he was not nearly receving that many minutes under Avery Johnson. Plus Kris Humphries was playing out of his mind so that made it tough for him. Give him bout 4 more years then judge him.
Tyrus Thomas has potential.
Kris Humpries came out as 19 year old and he is just now showing what he can do. I think it is all about if the team can wait for a young player to develop. People forget that Kobe did not really start shining like he did until his 3rd year. He showed a lot his second year though but didnt do much his first year. Same thing with T Mac. It took Jermaine O'neal like 4 years to be on a high level. You have to give most player high school or college senior some time. Everyone does not come out ready. Jason Terry was average his first year than became pretty solid his second year I think averaging close to 20 but he was moved because he was not a true point guard yet ATL has yet to find a true point guard until Bibby came in and he was on the downside of his career.
The Jazz aren't trading him. They will move Millsap or Jefferson before they let him go.
Its far too early to judge any player in the NBA who has just been there for one season.
I just don't understand why he is always in trade talks just off the strength of the P word
ive been sayiing the same thing about perry jones for the past 6-7 months when everyone had him as the no1 pick.
the thing is most these kids have been ballin since they were 4 or 5 so potential is just an excuse unless you were born in africa and took the game up later in life eg. mutombo and olajuwon
"I just don't understand why he is always in trade talks just off the strength of the P word"
How can you not understand that? Clearly potential is something that is coveted throughout the league, particularly with his size and potential defensive prowess as a big man. I don't understand how you don't understand that teams would have an interest in that and therefore put trade talk out there.
I'm just saying that it is hurting him as far as for him to be able to feel comfortable with an organization.