Who does DJ Blair resemble most?
Does Blair's game resemble most to undersized "defensive monster" Jason Maxiell, or similarly undersized, "but equally solid on both ends of the court" Paul Millsap?
i think its paul millsap, i think millsap is a little more athletic, but like millsap, blair is a great college rebounder and has solid touch around the rim. maxiell is real athletic but doesnt have as much touch.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Blair's game SCREAMS Tractor Traylor. He's an undersized, overweight power forward that has success in the paint becuase he's stronger than everyone. He's way too slow to make it on the NBA level, and doesn't have nearly a versatile enough offensive arsenal to be effective.
And I Hate To Be The Guy Who Agrees With The Guy Who Is The Bearer Of Bad News, But... You're Right.
He plays like sweetney, except for a little more agreessive and athletic.
he will be like chuck barkley and i know its a stretch but talk to me when he is doin work vs teams
if thabeet is SOOOOOO good(which i think is BS) blair is so so so so so good
He reminds me of a less athletic Larry Johnson. Larry was only 6'7 and played the 4. Blair is an inch shorter at 6'6 but weights 287 lbs. If he can get down to anywhere near 260, I think he'd be a better athlete. He already is a better rebounder than LJ was at the college level, but not quite the scorer. I think the key to Dejuan's success in the NBA will be if he can get he weight down to a level that he can play above the rim.
he does play like sweetney but we saw what happened to sweetney in the nba
and charles barkley lol
blair has extreme amounts of skill which i assume since u act like a bball fan u saw vs thabeet
and since thabeet is already considered a hall of famer than i think that blair will be just as good
he has the touch of a guard and the strength of a bull and u never know if he will stay 2 more yrs and develop some sort of shot
scary...i know d blair with a j and post game --just makes me wonder who that seems like
o wait its charles barkley WEIRRRRRRD
I haven't paid too much attention to Blair, but I did watch the UConn game and my opinion would be that he would have no chance to be a low post scorer in the NBA. You simply just don't get away with pushing everyone around in the NBA. It's hard not to love his rebounding game though, so I'd say any team would love to give him 20 minutes a night to bang. I wouldn't mind the Wolves giving him Craig Smiths 20 minutes.
the only thing is the last few undersized power forwards to come in the league have been somewhat successful. like paul millsap, jason maxiell, and craig smith. but before that there wasn't really anybody undersized that were any good unless they had extreme athleticism.
I like the craig smith comparison.
Comon how did everyone fail to mention the fact that he has a 7 3 wingspan. Just look at his build, he has a short neck, flat shoulders (meaning his arms start higher), and huge hands. Elton Brand, having a similar build, was quite dominant before injuries began to plauge his career. I see Blair as a more powerful, agressive version of Brand. I expect Blair to become an elite as long as injuries don't ruin his career.
Minus the great passing
He's Reggie Evans until he gets in better condition, develops some range and/or develops a go-to post move. He really needs to use this time as time to get in better physical condition. Does he have the right people around him? Who's ever feeding him, they need to stop. I remember seeing an article in ESPN magazine years ago and it was an article on Tractor Traylor. In the story it had pictures of his Mother's house and their dinner table. Man, no joke, that table was full of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and a bunch of other tasty food. That was his problem, he loved his Mama's cooking too much. I can't blame him either, but in order for Blair to reach the pinnacle of his potential success there probably needs to be some sacrifices made. I do like Blair's attitude though and I really think that will help him along. From watching him play you can tell he's a tough guy. I believe the worst case scenario for him would probably be a Tractor/Reggie Evans comparison, but his best case would have to be something like an Anthony Mason/Charles Oakley/Paul Milsap combination. The man has great rebounding instincts. I love Craig Smith, and unless you're talking about his and Blair's very similar body compisitions, they're two very different players skill wise. Craig is not a very good rebounder, but he's got an uncanny ability to cross his man off the dribble and take it to the hoop. I'd imagine, it's probably not very common for a 6'7" 285 lb. PF to take it off the dribble to the hoop. Unfortunately Blair does not have this skill yet, but unlike Smith he's a phenomenal rebounder. Craig is a decent role player, but Blair will be much better. At the worst a sixth man.