The Outdoor Preseason Game: Suns v. Warriors
Golden State: Well this is my 2nd time "scouting" them...here's what I see this time:
Anthony Randolph is still looking good. He needs to be a better shooter and, of course get stronger but he's still impressive and going to be in for a good season. But just wait 'til 2010-2011, he'll be truly special then most likely.
Monta Ellis didn't play that great but he did run the offense. Took too many bad shots for my liking and didn't exactly defend.
Stephen Curry played OK, and I still dont believe he's that good, but he played better than he did against LA the other day. He defended and got to the rim much better, but he was driving against Steve Nash and Goran Dragic and neither was looking for their own shots or defending so he wasn't getting tested. His shot and passing were both relatively good though, which is encouraging.
Anthony Morrow looked good again, he is one of the best shooters I've ever seen honestly. And Azuibuike didn't play that good but he's a good defender and he is a good shooter in his own right. He has a role on their team.
Corey Maggette slashed and shot turn-around jumpers from mid-range. Still didn't defend or anything though.
Andris Biedrins got alot of boards and made some nice passes out of the low post. But he's not going to score too much at all.
Amare isn't all the way back, but he is getting there, with those glasses looking like he's in wood shop class lol. He still isn't going to rebound or defend very much, and he makes silly plays at times still, but he's still super explosive and athletic. He'll be back soon enough.
Nash isn't the same player, because he's not as quick, but he's still a great passer. He hardly ever looked for his own shot. Couldn't guard a chair still though, he made Steph Curry look like Chris Paul at times.
Earl Clark wasn't aggressive at all out there. He needs to work on his jumper and handle a little more, but he is already an NBA-level rebounder and defender.
Barbosa looked good on offense still.
Channing Frye looked good. He's a great fit for their offense, and is a good passer and shooter who knocked down some 3-balls this game. Also rebounded and defended OK.
That Amundson guy and Jared Dudley are very active. They aren't talented on offense, but they defend. They should give them time in the season.
Jason Richardson was OK, but he had a great windmill after a turnover. Anthony Morrow and Corey Maggette got what they wanted when he guarded them.
Dragic isn't a PG of the future...he's more like a 3rd PG. He's quick and a pretty good passer and ball-handler, but he's a liability and he's not quite starter caliber at anything in particular.
Alando Tucker still plays in the NBA, yea, I was surprised to. He sucked when he was out there, just thought I'd bring him up. Dido for Taylor Griffin.
I agree with your observations, especially about Morrow. I think that he's the best shooter in the NBA right now. I'm really impressed with him. He shoots off the dribble better than I thought too. He just needs to work on finishing at the rim.
I agree with you about Curry for the most part. He's not very strong, and has average athleticism and foot speed. He'll struggle defending bigger, quicker and more athletic players. He'll also struggle offensively (turning the corner and getting to the rim) when defended by players of that nature. I just still think he'll be a good player though. He has great court vision and IQ. He's also genuwinely unselfish and loves to pass the ball.
Other than one play where he drove the lane and tried to dunk on Biedrins, Clark was very passive. He made a few, but he's still settling for that jump shot way too much for me. He was decent on defense. He got lost a few times guarding Maggette.
I think I could definitely agree with Morrow being the best shooter in the NBA...He probably is though.
Ellis didnt play to much since he played alot the previous night against the lakers. Maggette was awful as usual for us
i pretty much agree with the couting report athough i think u under played curry game for that game. he played very well and i eaily the best pg on that team..other then curry i havent seen anyone else who look to et up other players. this weekend ive looked at old preseason and summer leauge games of point guards a rookie and curry is actually a lil ahead of the curve a a rookie pg. ya'll would be very suprised at how 90percent of the rookies look wort then curry does right now. most didnt even record more then 4 ast in a preseason game or more then 6 in a summer leauge game. curry will struggle as a rookie because just about all pg do but from the game i see he look like he will have a pretty good future
and so far this preseason randolph played ok..his jumper is suspect and ugly to even look at..he i active down low which is good his handle looks ok against other lower pf but hes clearly not ready to be a small foward. i think he will have a good year as a pf..prob around 14-16pts a game and it wont be a suprise to see him get 7-10 reb since gs runs a up and down offense. still dont see super tar in him yet but i think thats because i disreguard the ymca..i mean summer leauge games
Randolph is a PF to me anyway, he's cut from the Chris Bosh mold. But he's got more of a perimeter game than Bosh. The only thing holding him back from a move to the perimeter is his jumper. He can even run the point and start the offense. His skill set is so versatile and he has the frame to gain more weight and strength. I honestly think he could be one of the top15 players in the NBA in another season or 2. He would be a huge mismatch player who could play any position on the floor.
more perimeter game?..because of handles i agree but his jumper is suspect..and his handles are actually suspect also..he handle well enough to get past pf but when small foward are on him he has a hard time going past them. he has potenial but he shown nothing in the regular season that screams top 15player anytime soon. time will tell but untill he doe anything in the regular season im not buying it. there are other soph who are looking better then him even in the preeaon, not many, but one in particular who a couple of ya'll doubt will do anything...he plays for the nets:)
He had no trouble getting by Dudley or Grant Hill and Lamar Odom. He hasn't had any trouble at all getting to the rim when playing against any of his matchups, at all. He has problems finishing shots through contact yes, but not getting to the rim. He has more of a perimeter game than Bosh does, he might not be a consistent shooter but he has the ability to be a good shooter and he's already more perimeter oriented. He spends much more time on the perimeter than Bosh ever has in the NBA.
Randolph has good ball handling for a pf. I wouldn't say he exactly get's into the paint at will though. His potential is there, but it is way too early to start predicting him as an all-star. He still kind of seems like a jack of all trades but master of none. I mean, Odom is a better ball handler, rebounder and passer, but he has never made an all star game.
yeah in the preseaon where guys are going maybe 50 percent on d..like i said when he can do that in the regular season i will believe...and i dont see him having any more ability to be a good shooter then any other player..his form looks bad and his shot i suspect. if you can get to the rim but have problem finihing then thats a problem
i agree 100 percent llperez
Whenever I saw him drive, especially against PF's, no had no trouble at all getting to the lane. I honestly cant remember any times where he just got cut off in dribble penetration, in both of the games I've watched.
I like Dragic's game ,it's very slick and he has some nice moves on O I think he can give a team some good minutes, Amare also has one of the most complete games on the offensive end of anyone right now, especially at his size
amare drives past pf with lil problems but that doesnt mean he has very good handles or can play the sf position