this guy is having a very good soph year. hes helping his team race towards the playoffs while being 3rd among sophs in scoring ( behind rose and lopez) he is 3rd among guards in his class in eff( behind westbrook and rose) and only behind rose in fg percentage among guards. hes also 3rd among guards in the pts/reb/ast catagorie( once again behind westbrook and rose). the best thing about all of this is hes doing it within the system while the team is getting wins and is playing with 2 possibly three other legit allstar talents. can they make that push for the last playoff spot?..only time will tell but it will be fuin to watch
i think they are good enough to play the playoffs but there is going to be 3 teams in the western conference with a winning record that isnt going to make it. rockets, thunder, grizzlies, and hornets are all going to fight to for the last spot. the grizzlies definitely have the talent to do it but it wont be easy
portland and phoenix aren't shoe ins...those are 2 teams that the grizzlies can and have beaten recently on they home court, by large margins at that....so u should add them to this conversation as well they will have to fight for that final spot too
thats true. its gonna be a good fight to see during the end of the regular season which i think its gonna come down to.
Mayos sick man...hes flying under the radar, but is only going to keep getting better IMO....I would rank him 3rd best in that class after Rose and Lopez right now
I think they're make it if they can add some scoring off the bench..remain focused and continue playing as a team..and play better defense...remember most of the teams they're fighting for the finals spots..Have question marks..The Thunder are young,inexperience and lack an inside presence...The Hornets have battled a coaching change,front office problems and injuries..Houston is overachieving..and doesnt have a guy that commands a double team..I think after the allstar break teams will figure out a way to stop them..or look for them to start wearing down after playing all out and helter skelter for the 1st 42 games
honestly i thought mayo after 2-3 years would be almost at dwayne wade's level, i was terribly wrong but he is still a very nice player.
i can see that potentially if you extend that another 2 years. wade came in after his soph year after sitting out his freshman year , mayo after one year. probably wont score as much because of how talented his team is and the fact hes not the slasher wade is
O.J is his own player. If I had to make a comparison, it would be Mitch Richmond; they're both very good shooters, about the same size, and make up for a lack of athleticism with a mid-range game and craftiness. He'll never be the slasher that Wade is, but it won't matter as long as he scores efficiently.
As far as the playoffs go, it's going to be VERY competitive for that last spot, probably more competitive than today's job market. I think it will come down to their execution in the half court. If Conley can take care of the ball and Randolph can keep playing at his current level, then they'll have the best chance to lock up that 8th spot.
@OJJ I like the Mitch Richmond comparison - I thought he was a combo guard in the Wade mold, but IMO the SuperMitch comparison is closer.
i don't know about being wrong he really could be at almost Wade's level..18.5ppg as a rookie and this year knowing how good Zach is playing and there is Gay and Gasol he is even better scorer, so i can see easily Mayo begoming 25/5/5 top3 SG in this league
I actually think, he's playing great right now, you have to look at his stats in the system, he's the 4th option, for a guy like mayo to be putting in his stats in his role is really well, think of it like this gay and randolph probably won't be there for long, they'll probably both be gone in 2 years, and mayo will be the number 1 and watch, someone said 25,5,5 i think that is reasonable, plus 1.5-2 steals.
this also tells something of his character, remember everyone talking of the ball hog mayo, who had reached his max potential in high school. where are those people now?