Who is the best low-post offensive big in the draft?
Thoughts, guys? Which of these big man prospects can score on the block?
Patrick Patterson's looking a little better with those measurements out now......
I'd say DeMarcus Cousins. He has a nice set of 1st moves, if his 1st moves don't work he has a good deal of counter moves, he can't be moved off the block, has the size and length to get his shots off, and he can score with both hands.
He doesn't just overpower guys, he has a pretty refined offensive game, especially for a young center. Most importantly, though, he know how to get great, deep position, and knows his limits (he can knock down the 12-footer but rarely tries, wisely, especially on that Kentucky team where there was always a better shot to be had).
A close second, and if he were slightly bigger he would be the top offensive threat IMO, shot at least 57% from the field in each of his three years at Kentucky.
Excellent footwork, soft touch.
Shows some real potential, and even though he sort of underperformed at GA Tech he has a very nice variety of moves in the paint, can mix it up; very good at scoring on the move.
Yeah, I'd say Cousins. Patterson seems more perimeter oriented and is quite a bit smaller than Cousins.
Because of where I live, I don't get to see a lot of ACC ball outside of Big Mondays and the obvious super coverage of Duke and UNC. Al-Aminu has very Elton Brand like measurements and a pretty good college scoring average, but he is a small forward. I've only seen him play twice and I'm not too familiar with his game. Does he have low post potential or is he more of a face up player?
From the few full games I've seen of Kentucky, I'd say that cousins has the more complete post game. He reminds me of Zach Randolph. Even IF Randolph is overweight, he still averaged at least 18-10 for like 4 or 5 seasons. I think Cousins is Randolph if he grew an inch.
Al-Farouq Aminu is more of a face-up player. He plays a similar game to Josh Smith. He can play with his back to the basket, but that's only if he has a mismatch. He plays facing up if he has a quickness advantage on his matchup and if he's smaller. He sometimes plays downlow on big guys too so he can make use of his quickness on the low block. I've gotten to see him play a bunch of times, since I'm from ATL and Wake Forest is in this region.
Thanks Iggy, good to know, He always struck me as an intriguing prospect because of his size, athleticism, and production.
As a sleeper low post scoring threat, I'm going with Derrick Character, he's stayed in shape and he certainly has the potential with his strength and body, I see him as the best low post scorer in the 2nd round.
I've seen Aminu play in person several times and I can say that he is very fast getting up and down the court. The guy is incredible in transition.
Patterson was a beast in the post his first few year but changed his game up but still Cousins is just too good in the post his moves and counter moves are too polished.
It's definitely Cousins. Very sound footwork, counters, and he knows his body and uses it well *pause*
Second, it's Character. People tend to forget about Character since he transferred, and went to a school that doesn't get much national tv time. Could use each foot as pivots, each hand.
The difference between Patterson & him it's that Patterson tends to just try to overpower, and last yr he spent a good time stepping out and didn't even home his skills more (in games at least).
You guys are forgetting about Greg Monroe.
Greg Monroe biggest strengths is not in the low post but he is solid everywhere so yeah you are right he may be in this disccusion. When i watched him though I did not see him do much in the low post as far as moves. he can take you off the dribble and his post game is good but not great to me
Cousins and it's not close. The biggest reason he's in the top 5 range is because of his low post game.
Cousins and it isn't even close. The guy has hands and a nose for the ball like no one else in this draft for a big.
PreCuz, Patterson was a beast with nowhere near the talent around him..... and that is what makes Patterson so good. He switched his game this year so Cousins could do his thing. Patterson is versatile and the ultimate team guy.
So yeah, Cousins is the best offensive big in this draft and will put up the biggest numbers in the future, but Patterson is going to make some top 10 drafting team real real happy.
the bad thing is there arent really players anymore who like 2 bang in the post down low. Everybody seems to wanna be perimeter oriented and take jumpers and there arent in traditional post players really coming out. Hell the best post player i seen the past few years has been tyler hansbrough it seems like. unless sumbody can remind me of sumbody else. im jus saying wats off the top of my mind rite now i havent really thought about the past post guys