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The difference between this year and next years draft

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The difference between this year and next years draft

So I was watching the Nike Hoops Summit. As I was watching I started thinking is this draft and next years draft that different? Yes next years top three may be better, but from here are they pretty much the same? Alot of these guys look a little overated. Even the top three arent phenomenal. Some of you may bust my chops, but great talent doesnt grow on trees. Players from the past that were great stayed in school and developed the fundementals, all players do now is possess great potential to go with their physical gifts and expect to be great. Expect greatness, but the only thing that grows are the egos. Players like Lebron James that work on the fundementals are growing few and far between, they are just chasing the dollar and ruining basketball .


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Players like LeBron

Players like LeBron James?
I'd understood if you said TIm Duncan. LeBron came out straight of high school as a super-talented freak athlete, how is he a good example?

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players like James

Players like James work hard to improve. Missing the years in college to grow didn't affect his improvement. Fundementals dont just refer to the "big fundemental" its working on the basics. So James as an example works just fine, or is Kobe more to your likeing? Point is few players end up great, but even less without learning the basics. College ball gives them that. This one and done culture pretty much ruined fundemental basketball.

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Would have used Kobe

If I was going to talk about a hard worker. But u have to remember that basketball is a job and that these guys will be practicing and playing the game basically every single day. The fact that some guys can practice the game every day and still struggle with small things like free throws is what bugs me

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Don't try that man. Both

Don't try that man. Both players worked their asses off to get where they are. I'm sorry but it seems like you are undermining what lebron has done to get to where he is.
Lebron came into the league not putting enough effort in on the defensive side of the ball, now he is a perennial defensive player of the hear cantidate and the most versatile defenders in the game. Critics said he cant post up, now he has that. They said his outside shot wasnt good enough, his first year in miami hes one of the leagues best midrange shooters. His threepoint has been called into question. Well this season he has over 100 threes on 40% shooting. He has his struggles at the line but is a 75% freethrow shooter. Hes worked his ass off to fill out every part of his game to a point where people are nitpicking his 75% freethrow shoot.

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hmmm the difference....uhhhh

hmmm the difference....uhhhh andrew mothaflackin wiggins?

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Also, Parker is anything but

Also, Parker is anything but a freak athlete, he's as fundamentally sound as many great players in the past coming out of high school.

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The players are less ready

The players are less ready for the NBA, but they develop once they are in the NBA, so instead of seeing tim duncan come in and get 21 and 12 you see kevin love come in and score 26 and 13 in his 4th year in the league which would be equivalent of duncans rookie year. It really doesnt matter either way works for becoming great, it is the work ethic and who you are that determines if you will be great. There were always busts before now too. I would rather see players come out early and be forced to work hard in practice and challenge themselves by going against better players everyday than be able to take it easy in college. Now with the NBDL playing more of a role teams can develop players on and off the court. It also works better to have peers and coaches who know what takes to be great and be man mentoring you than just a coach.

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AAU

The current state of US player development has less to do with players not staying in school to learn fundamentals and everything to do with the AAU circuit. American players seems to struggle with the more cerebral side of team basketball. I blame this on the typically run and gun style that is AAU basketball. This and the elimination of perimeter hand checking have lead to the NBA being dominated by scoring guards. Ten years ago the thought of teams playing 6'2 SG was ridiculous now it is becoming the norm. To add to this swing look at the last 5 drafts, how many American allstar level post scoring big men are there? Top American centers like Howard and Chandler have weak post offense relative to their abilities. Brook Lopez and All Jefferson are the only two american centers I can think with respectable post games.

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Next years draft is

Next years draft is unquestionably stronger at the top, but the middle of the draft is always very unpredictable. I do feel that drafts are judged way too much by how the top tier talent is. To all the analysts calling this years draft very weak, I would say that I think there is plenty of good talent from the middle to the end of the first. And to all those saying next years is very strong, I would ask; outside of the first couple picks, what separates the rest of the draft class from this years? There's talent in this years draft just like in any other, and teams will do well if they've got a good enough eye to pick it.

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