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THE WORD POTENTIAL

so what exactly makes some one have low potential or high potential?

i see a couple of players every year that people say "he has great potential" but sometimes i dont see it

example a freshman guard- lets say a guard has good handles a strong nba body , nice mid range jumper and can score pretty well and he plays for lets say unc. alot of peopel will say he has great potential because he plays for unc and was a all american and looks like he could be real good. now take another player who plays for virgina with the same boady and skills and is a freshman but wasnt a mcdonalds allamerican, but puts up better numbers when he plays against good comp and alot of people will say he has ok potential because he wasnt a allamerican in hs

example2 a big man- if a big freshman is tall big and puts up decent numbers but doesnt have any post moves and has average nba athletic ability, why would they be considered to have more potential then another freshman who is the same size and seems to have the same athletic ability but has many more good games and even dominate games?.. in a combine test one big man may do better on a athletic test then the other but in the games neither really stands out more then the other so combine numbers dont really mean anything

so my question is how do ya'll determine if you think one guy has more potential then the other guy ?. i would think the guy with more skills and same athletic ability would be considered to have the higer potential if they are both around the same age and same class. does what they did in highschool play a big role?..i dont think it should because alot of players dont figure out there game untill they get to college and some even play way out of potential. do we get caught up in the names of players instead of ability?. stats should play a part but shouldnt the biggest part be the eye test?


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It's tough

The word potential can mean anything to anyone. I like your 2 examples. I think one way to look at it is, is the guy with " a lot of potential" can he even better with good coaching around him. I think a lot of people especially the people on tv get too caught up in potential rather than skill. Most one and dones I do not think are ready, and should stay another year. Also, if NBA Teams do not like taking projects why do they take so many freshman in round 1 who are not ready rather than a junior or senior in college who is ready to play in the NBA.

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HIGH POTENTIAL- affect the

HIGH POTENTIAL- affect the game in many ways, athletically do a lot of tings on the court, skill wise (people can teach you to shoot and dribble), IQ wise (people say they can teach the game)

youth- still develop and if you can compete agaisnt grown men, IQ will only get better with (work ethic)

LOW Potential- basically saying u are 1-dimensional,"but if u can do 1 thing well u can make the NBA lol"

role player, not too much of an advantage size wise athletically (AGE!) etc

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tru tru. i can understand

tru tru. i can understand why the potential guys are picked. if someone is labeled great potential and they have big games like say demarcus cousins then i can undestand why they draft the guy or a sr who may have done the same thing but doesnt show much growth from there soph year till there sr year. i dont always agree but i understand. i dont understand how some can get labeled great potential but never show anything great. just a couple of average to good things.

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i like that explanation the

i like that explanation the one. so which freshmen soph jr sr that you have seen fits in which catagory

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i do not expect DeMarcus

i do not expect DeMarcus cousins to come in and dominate the PF position, but they say he has guard skills

but his guard skill will be neutralized unless

he goes to a team that can score in transition from the PG spot because sometimes the PG does not like when the big man starts the break

because they are horrible shooters/finishers in transition

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LEN BIAS

Renardo Sidney, Dexter Pittman could POTENTIALLY

drob the lbs like Dejuan Blair did

and wow GMs at workouts

but like one GM said you are reminded of Eddy Curry 1 too many times

honestly i think this draft is embarrasingly weak

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yeah im not sure who said he

yeah im not sure who said he has guard skills but who ever it was is lying. he has good pf skills though. potentially i see him doing as well as zach randolph.

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the PF spot is the hardest

the PF spot is the hardest to dominate

idk

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yeah thats why i just say

yeah thats why i just say maybe.

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Just read your entire

Just read your entire question, I hate to do this but

does what they did in highschool play a big role?.. it shouldnt but... see jrue holiday, malcolm lee, bj mullens, lance stepheson, Ricky Rubio (he LOOKS like Pete Maravich so now he's a multimillionaire..give me a break, this is exactly why Michael Jordan was crying at the HOF Induction, this and the hand-check rule lol)

do we get caught up in the names of players instead of ability?. see jrue holiday, malcolm lee, bj mullens, born ready, young money, Stephen Curry, JJ Reddick (the last 2 made MJ cry even harder)

stats should play a part but shouldnt the biggest part be the eye test?... yes but GMs are busy taking care of a corporation/franchise/brand

they don't scout anymore like the old days, they just hear about a player and send someone from scouting personnel to
go check them out

and as far as game changers (defense and offense)

idk Sidney, Wall seem to be the best TALENT

but there are still question marks surrounding Sidney's toughness and off-court circumstances
and Wall's ability to play pick and roll basketball in a halfcourt

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Wes Johnson has superstar

Wes Johnson has superstar potential according to Boeheim

similar to how Michael Jordan and Iguodala were underrated in college bcuz of overrating 3 point shooting

but at the very worst Wes Johnson

will probably learn to be a threat by moving without the ball like Jordan/Rip Hamilton

and score in transition idk tho

Boeheim thinks Wes Johnson will pan out to be a superstar (2 way elite player)

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i agree

i agree

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