OJ Mayo's athletism
Yea. Every coach in the NBA gameplans to stop OJ Mayo from slashing to the basket.
It's about time people woke up and realized that he's just an average NBA athlete. I know he was quick in high school, but that's because he had an older and more mature body than his competition. By his senior year of high school, he had stopped maturing and his peers started to catch up. You really can't say much about his vertical. Sure it was high, but he hasn't shown the ability to fully utilize it. Jordan Farmar recorded a 42-inch vertical at the 2006 draft combine. Ben Gordon could do windmills and through-the-legs dunks in high school. How many eye-popping dunks have we seen them pull off in games?
Omg yessss....I used to wonder why when Ben Gordon was a rookie on NBA Live 05, he had a high-flyer icon. But then I saw his HS dunks on Youtube and I saw where they got it from. I honestly have NEVER seen him dunk in an NBA game, so I thought it was a glitch.
Gordon will occasionly catch one in traffic,and I've even seen him go back door for a lob but he obviously favors the deep ball and that off balance one handed floater. Also, OJ Myo is not a shorter Ray Allen. That's just retarded.
I don't really blame Ben for not dunking anymore, though. It can put crazy damage on your ligaments. It's smarter to use your vertical to hang in the air ala Brandon Roy.
OJ's is definitely a great but not elite athlete... Who cares? He's got skills and has talent to take it to the next level... OJ is an All-Star in the making IMO... Besides, what's the use of being a freak athlete if you end up being Gerald Green? I would rather have a great athlete like OJ (no explosive athletic ability) but can score anytime, anywhere than having a superb athlete but does not know how to use the gifts... (Gerald Green? Tyrus Thomas?)
MemphisBoy14 you may not like this, but it really does seem like you are a biased OJ Mayo fan. i don't recall anyone saying that he isn't a good player, the argument people are making is that Mayo is just a slightly above-average athlete.
posted by MemphisBoy14:
"Its funny how we are arguing about how athletic he is and how quick he is when in reality he would probably bust our asses athletically and getting up and down the court. I do agree that he isn't the most athletic but on other websites they say that he is very, very athletic. It all depends on how you view him I think that he will be a great player soon. And, most of you guys don't."
1) wow... OJ Mayo is so athletic than you're comparing his athletic ability to those who are not in any way a professional athlete like he is? yes i agree that he would probably outrun me and everyone else who posts here, as would every AVERAGE athlete in the NBA would. even Jacque Vaughn would "bust our asses athletically", I'm guessing he's a top tier athlete as well?
2) are you basing his athleticism on his statistics from the combine? there's much more to athleticism than your vertical leap. change of direction speed, body control, strength are all other factors that determine how athletic a player is. Monta Ellis's vertical leap is only 35 inches. can you seriously tell me with a straight face that OJ Mayo is that same kind of slasher that Ellis is and can blow by defenders like Ellis? and what's next, OJ Mayo is more athletic than Ellis who is arguably one of the most athletic players we have in the NBA today?
3) after reading all of posts in this topic, I haven't seen a single post saying that they think OJ isn't a good player. the only argument that is being made here is that he is just an AVERAGE athlete. but your supporting your claim that he is athletic by some youtube videos. like Iggy said, an AVERAGE NBA shooting guard can do that. and AVERAGE NBA shooting guard can blow by defenders once in awhile. the issue with Mayo is that is doesn't do it consistently, which explains why he settles for too many jumpshots and only gets to the foul line 3 times a game. I'm pretty much restating what 3 other guys have been trying to explain to you.
you act like if Mayo drives by a defender ONE time and dunks on a big ONE time it makes him an elite athlete. guess what, I've seen other shooting guards like Jason Terry, Aaron Aflalo, and even Mike Dunleavy do it once before. does it make them an elite NBA athlete? of course not. and don't ask me to show you youtube videos, they don't mean everything.
but to you, Mayo driving and dunking once in awhile and a few damn youtubes videos gives you another evidence to classify Mayo as an elite athlete.
I think that he is a very good athlete not that explosive though and I wasn't trying to say he was a great athlete by comparing him to people that don't play basketball. I was making a joke about it. I'm kind of a biased OJ Mayo fan too by the way so you are right. By the way I know that he has limited athletic ability it kind of seemed as if some of the people on this board just thought he was unathletic.
By the way Masrock you are by definition an OJ Mayo hater. While you are sitting at home talking stuff about him talking about how he is garbage he's in the gym practicing his skills and getting better. He also by the way makes the kind of money in one season that would most of us will never see in our lifetimes. I on behalf of OJ Mayo would like to thank you for motivating him. Wait until he becomes a great player he'll be on so many commercials that you'll kill yourself.
just because someone doesnt dunk alot doesnt mean they arent athletic..just like you can measure athletisim by there vert you cant do it just by there dunks either..for some thats just not what they make part of there game..ben's strength is his jumper the same with mayo which is what they do.....a smart player knows he doent need to dunk alot if he can jut save energy and lay it up if its not getting blocked