Larry Sanders = Not Overrated
some people have been thinking that sanders is overrated due to his ok stats, but he is pretty damn good. watch this video of him vs. oklahoma. look at all those skills in a big man!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0t3iKQCkzY
First, Larry Sanders has never been consistent in his career at VCU.
Second, compared to other big men in this upcoming draft he does not compare.
Third, you're showing one game that is irrelevant in the big picture.
Lastly, to have Sanders ahead of Greg Monroe is a big joke.
I go to VCU so this may be a little biased. I dont think he is overrated, more like over hyped, most people here have not even seen this guy play a game and by reading scouting reports are judging him to be more than or less than what he really is. He is an awesome prospect/project player with boundless amount of potential. His offensive game is evolving and just his presence in the paint changes the game. At this point right now i think he is placed too high on the mock drafts, maybe a top 20 player but no way top 10.
First, I agree Larry Sanders is rather inconsistent, but in almost all the big games he has shown up and is the reason why they have won these big games, that includes games against Oklahoma, the CAA Playoffs/Championships games, UCLA, and Nevada. He made Tiny Gallon look like a fool, and made darren collinson and willie warren afraid to attack the paint.
Second, compared to the other big men in this draft he may not be as polished, and lacks ALOT of mass but potential wise he is up there with the best of them. His size, length and combination of athleticism and coordination for a big man cant be taught. He has range on his shot, can dribble the ball a fair amount, and plays with a motor and intensity. He only picked up basketball his Junior year of highschool.
Third, that one game is just a small amount of footage of what he has done against top competition, check out his CAA Championship games and games against UCLA hes an absolute beast. Also during the summer camps like at Lebrons he held his own against the top big men around the country.
Lastly, I really believe it may depend on what situation your looking at to draft either Monroe or Sanders. Monroe is not the same defensive enforcer that Sanders is. Sanders can basically block shots from anywhere due to his wingspan and great timing. Monroe is more polished offensively and has a great feel for the game but his ceiling is not as high as Sanders. As everyone has said Sanders has more of a chance to be a "bust". I doubt it cause his work ethic is so great but who knows. Like i said before I really compare him to a poor mans Anthony Randolph without the attitude.
he can be a force on defence but i think Jarvis Varnado is better.
Both of us probably know the most about the CAA out of everyone on this board, not to brag or anything. I think Larry can not forgo his senior year for the NBA b/c he still has to develop. Can he be great? I don't doubt it. I don't hate him, but I do when he plays Hofstra and hopes Hofstra kicks his ass along with the rest of VCU. Though on the topic of Larry Sanders, he's very long and unpolished. He can become a very polished player in about 5 years, but I see his max NBA potential has constant 2nd team-All defensive tema in the NBA, which is really good to have on any team. I just do not see him as some1 worth picking in the top 10 rather the lower part of the first round.
I strongly agree he should not forgo his senior year, but if his stock stays this high who wouldn't want to leave. Just too much money on the line. At the end of the season if his projection is still at being a lotto pick its gonna be a hard decision for him to make. His draft stock can only go lower, and he's risking an injury or possible slump year if does attend his senior year. I really doubt his stock can go much higher than this due to him playing in a mid-major. I really hopes that he stays his senior year and further polish his game, but if he decides to leave it will be totally understandable. My honest opinion I am not too high on him as a NBA prospect, I honestly believe he's gonna be overexposed in the NBA. He is so skinny, its unbelievable, at least super skinny players like Prince and Randolph can extend their game out to the perimeter and even guard perimeter players, Larry cannot. Also he's gonna get knocked around in the paint, how are you supposed to defend the paint if your gonna get knocked around. he may get his blocks but he is also a liability at the same time. Also for a PF he is not a high volume rebounder. He's highly unlikely to ever be a true offensive threat in the NBA. DEF. not a top 10 in my mind maybe a lotto pick but there is a huge RISK factor in drafting him. Most likely i see him contributing as a defensive role player that can come off the bench.
2nd all-defensive team wouldn't be a bad pick in the lottery, plenty of worse players have been picked in the lottery.
but it's irrelevant if he accomplishes this on a team that didn't draft him. The guy is a project no doubt, but many times Owners are not into projects they are into the time is now, which could lead to being rash and trading him away for something that is win quick and it backfires on them.
Wutever, I agree with everything you said except I don't the Anthony Randolph comparison. He seems more like a Tyrus Thomas or Chris Andersen type.
Knicksfan4life, I agree that he should be a late 1st rounder, because lottery players are supposed to be the building block of your team. I don't see him being one of the main players that you "build" a contender around, but I do think he could be a great role player for a contending team. He would be a bust if he was taken in the lottery by a losing team, as he provides alot of things a winning team needs off the bench as a change of pace...
Sanders as something better than what you envision him as, more like a starter for defensive purposes at the 4, possibly a spot starter like if his team is playing top-tier power forwards and they make it Sanders' job to shut him down. Though I do believe with polishing by the time he's 26-27 he could be a starter in the league if not, then he'll be a bust.