Donte Greene and Darrell Arthur once appeared to be promising prospects, worthy of a lottery pick. I still feel like Donte will eventually be a 15ppg 8rpg guy but i think Arthur has showed that he will never be much in the NBA. What parts of their games will allow them to succeed and what parts are holding them back...who will be better and why?
Dont Greene is still streaky hes had many 20 point games this season but delivers a lot of stinkers, he relies on his outside shot too much he needs to use his skills which are very good for someone 6-11 to get to the rim more often.
i see greene getting better. becoming a cliff robinson type player(for those who remeber him)
Didnt Cliff used to play for the Nets? i think i remember him from an old nba live.
yeah but his best days were with the trailblaers. was about 6'10. not much of a banger but loved to shoot the three. was mostly a 6th man. made the allstar team once or twice
Donte Greene just turned 22-years old and is still figuring out his game in a situation where there are a lot of mediocre to average forwards. There is still quite a bit of value in a 6'9 small forward with his ability to score. He was drafted 28th overall a couple years ago, would a team like Orlando or Atlanta deal their pick in that range for him this summer? I think they'd rather have him than whoever it is that they would likely draft in that spot.
Darrell Arthur is just a rotation-caliber guy who has been hurt, and now is both rusty and stuck behind Zach Randolph. It happens. I don't think Memphis is going to give up on him. For where he is at on the rookie scale, he is well worth another two years.
Donte Greene could turn into a pretty good scorer, but that's about it. He settles for his jumper way too much and always has. Still he has potential to be a veryy good 6th man and a fringe starter who can put up points.
Darrel Arthur was someone I was really high on in high school and college. I actually think he has more potential than Greene. I think if you put Arthur in the same situation as Greene (getting a lot of minutes) then you would see him put up about 12 and 8 right now. I think if he develops and really puts in work then he can be a 18ppg and 9rpg type of guy
Great comparison. Donte Greene and C-Rob have mad similar games.
I still love Greenes potential. He's a 6'11 SF who is pretty athletic and has decent touch. As for Arthur, I'm really not sure. I haven't seen him that much plus they have Brewer, Gay (for now), and Sam Young. I don't see him getting that much better, at least while he's in Memphis.
I think it is still early with both but Greene has shown potential on defense and the ability to play multiple positions and with Martin gone he should get more than ample opportunity. I think they lost some of their identity when Martin came back and will take some time to gain it back now that he is gone. Next year they will be fine. Also Garcia is back and that other rookie dude from Israel is playing pretty well. Greene may wind up fitting better on another team because Laundry is a beast and when Thompson gets back there will not be as many minutes for Greene in Sactown. You can't really write out young players too early because look at Blatche who is now after about 4 or so year playing like an All Star when given minutes. I kind of felt like he reminded me of Jermaine O'neal who would take a while and opportunity before he showed what he can do. McGee is not looking bad either but both can still grow more in their games. I did not realize Arthur was hurt. I was wondering why he could not build on that 22 rebound game he had.
How many years was it before Rashard Lewis really broke out and started contributing with the Sonics? I dont think he was an instant impact guy but I could be mistaken.
I think Green could go down a similair path and become a solid contributor. MAybe not a 20 ppg...but he could turn out to be a solid 14-17 ppg and 5-8 rpg and be a decent 3rd option scorer.