Wesley Witherspoon isnt Looking like the Kid that played at Memphis
Wesley Witherspoon has really impressed me with the way he's played so far in Summer League..I know this is just the SL,and you shouldnt get carried away by a player's performance...Spoon has been the best player on the Knicks SL team....Witherspoon is showing more agressiveness than he ever showed at Memphis...Hall of Famer compared him to Penny Hardaway,i wouldnt go that far,he's more like Todd Day, Witherspoon always have had a decent all around game..He's played both forward spots & both guard spots at time,while he was at the school and he defended well...
He looked promising after his freshman year and everyone knew for sure he'll be a 1st rounder and his time at Memphis would be short...His sophomore season was ok,but as a jr. he really became immature,had ran ins with the coach,didnt work to improve his game and had to deal with several injuries....I felt he had more talent than former teammates Elliott Williams and who was drafted in the 1st round and Will Barton who went in the 2nd round,this year...But Witherspoon didnt have the heart and drive that Barton had...Alot of his fans gave up of him ever reaching his potential .....Many thought he would be go undrafted and have a career overseas..But after his 2 day performance,some team is going to invite him to their training camp....I hope its the Grizzlies...
I watched him in the Grizzlies-Knicks game and he looked ok. Didn't notice he had 15 and led the team in scoring.
I think his knee injuries hurt. He came back way to soon after one of them. Then we had that coaching change but Wesley "we ain't going nowhere, coach" Witherspoon stayed.
He's a pretty good guy, but he started out at Memphis with Calipari trying him out at point guard. That didn't work so he moved Tyreke Evans over to point and he ran with it.
The past few years WW played lots of power forward, which he is not. He is more of a 3 man that can do some of everything. But, he did do what he was told.
He always showed some flashes, but more as a role player and not as a true go-to guy. He played more like an Antonio Anderson type role than a showcase- guy role like Rose, Tyreke, Elliott Williams, or Will Barton. I think he hit a game winner against' St. John's in the NIT a few years ago. He played well against St. Louis in the first round, but got hit in the nose, came out of the game, and then we basically fell apart.
His main problems were the injuries, playing out of position, and the coaching change. He can give you some shooting, scoring, and rebounding, and his game might actually translate better to the NBA. I think he can be a deep bench guy who can give you some emergency minutes as a rotation guy for 20-25 minutes a game.
I think he needs to gain more muscle and strength and work on his explosiveness. He never seemed to go up strong enough or finish strong in the paint. But, it could have been his knee problems. His build and potential reminded me a little bit of Duece Ford who also had injury problems and never really reached his potential.
I think that Witherspoon could be good on a team that needs depth especially at the wing. I am thinking of the Nets. He has legit small forward size and length and a solid skill set. In terms of value, maybe a poor man's Quincy Miller. Ideally, he goes to a team this year that needs depth and they work with him, put him in the D League for a few stints and then he comes back and finishes the season with the team.
If his jumper starts going down, and he works on his 3 point shot then I actually think he could be a good fit on the Grizzlies, especially if we pick up Matt Janning as our shooter and keep Dante Cunningham. Witherspoon could be our 15th guy, or do a sign and trade with the Knicks and send them Jeremy Pargo. WW could give us a legit small forward behind Rudy Gay, and an extra shooter and rebounder.
Solid player, kind of reminds me of James Johnson, I'm sure Withersppon will make an NBA roster if not this year then sometime in the near future.
Clyde Drexler said he reminds him of Penny Hardaway..He's not a go to guy like Penny,but after seeing him play in SL..I think he now has a chance of making somebody's roster...
Clyde Drexler haha. I'm pretty sure you meant Clyde Frazier
I can see a little bit of Penny there. But, lots of ups and downs in WW's career. But there were some flashes, both in scoring and in play making ability.
Penny was more explosive and a better athlete. Penny played off guard (if I remember correctly) during his last year at Memphis, then point guard during his NBA career. Witherspoon is more of a small forward, not really a point guard or a shooting guard. He did play power forward at Memphis some and was overpowered, although he is long and tall so if he fills out he may play some stretch four in the pro's. If he is a point anything, it would be a point forward.
We wanted Witherspoon to be THE MAN. The go-to guy and the emotional leader. I don't think that is him though and that wasn't his role on the Tigers. Good role player, glue guy, who when he was focused and played hard did a good job. More like a third or fourth offensive option. This past season he was better as the guy behind Will Barton, Tarik Black, Joe Jackson, and Chris Crawford.
Ironically, it might be better for him now since he knows that he is a role player. I could see him doing fairly well in the Spurs system as a youthful wing player (point forward) especially if he works on his outside shot. Basically a backup to Kawhi Leonard.
Yeah,i meant Frazier....lol
Spoon did better then Barton did in his debut..Barton shot poorly,but had a few rebounds and assists...Both guys add to add some weight to their frames....