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Pheonix v. Toronto

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Pheonix v. Toronto

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Demar Derozan has a decent mid range spot up jumper. He made most of his hay today by way of slashing to the bucket off the dribble drive and by backdoors. He is, of course, a great leaper. He still cant dribble or create for himself or really do anything that doesnt involve mid range jumpers and dunks on offense. He is a mediocre defender, but he did create fast breaks by gambling the passing lanes. Jury is still out on him, but he shouldnt be starting for Toronto come opening day unless he improves a whole lot.

Quincy Douby is the kind of player that will try to shoot himself out of an off shooting game. Thats a two edged sword, but for that to fly in the NBA you have to be a No.1 or 2 option for your team. He isn't. He is a guy that could play an instant offense role for a team though from what Ive seen. He isnt a PG despite his size, but he is a scorer and he can get to the rim with his quickness. He could stand to play a little D, Pheonix just didnt take advantage of him enough though.

Patrick O'Bryant looks good wearing the uniform, but he isnt polished at all. He runs the floor good and is a good athlete with long arms, but he looks awkward at times because he has a low bball IQ. He got all his points off pick and roll mostly, but he did make 1 nice hook shot. He hasnt improved though, so chances are he doesnt have a great future in the NBA.

Shawn Taggart is a long-shot to make the squad to say the least, but he is a rugged rebounder. He needs an offensive game though, his current one isnt cuttin it.

Phoenix:

Earl Clark is fascinating to me because of how big he looks, playing on the wing. Its obvious he's a guy that used to be a guard but had a growth spurt so he had to play the wing. But he has a reliable mid range game, it could be more polished but its effective enough. He also rebounds well and gets position by slithering around the big men and outleaping them. He did turno it over with careless passes and get ripped when trying to make post moves. He is a future starter, and he could be a 05-06 Boris Diaw before long.

Robin Lopez is a garbage man around the basket. He plays tougher than his size shows and is quick. He just has no moves though, and he was getting pushed around for rebounds. Needs to get stronger. He should develop into a grinding backup like a Scot Pollard type.

Taylor Griffin is a stronger version of Robin Lopez, except shorter and less athletic. He could make their squad this year but he isnt a real NBA player. He did score a little though.

Goran Dragic is quick, but he is a HUGE liability on D. He cant stop penetration and he gets posted up nonstop by Roko Ukic, but Ukic didnt always take advantage. He a good looking passer though, but he gets confused sometimes. I wouldnt want a PG of all positions to play confused. He also couldnt get in the lane when he tried and didnt make his jump shots. He may make it as a 3rd PG, but he is too weak and bad defensively to really earn minutes othan than in mop=up situations.


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Douby's Shot Can hurt

Douby's Shot Can hurt him.....but so far it hasn't but still needs to turn into a true point guard

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I agree

Douby has some talent, but does rely on that jumper too much. I expected him to get more run than he has been getting when he came out of college. When he's hot he's hot when he's not he's not. He should try to get to the rim more too because like Igoudala9 said he has quickness.

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True

It would make him that much better if he could run an offense and create for others as well as he creates for himself

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nice scouting report....

nice scouting report.... especially on d. derozan but i cant see too much wrong with a 19 yr old who right now has a good mid range game(something that many established pros dont have) and is a great leaper.... did i mention he is only 19 yrs old and i'm assuming u've followed iguodala from college i think d. derozan has about the same skill level(not as good with the dribble) coming into the league and probably will end up better from long distance than iguodala who still hasn't gotten that part of his game to perfection...

ur thoughts on the comparison??

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Honestly

I could see him being a poor man's Iguodala. He isnt nearly as good an all-around player though right now. Iguodala has/had the ability to play PG, defend the other teams best perimeter player, and he had a nose for offensive boards early in his career. Derozan isnt likely to do any of these things early in his NBA career, but he could later if he develops in a way everyone knows he can. Its possible, just depends on him.

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