NBA Comparison: David Robinson/Bill Russell
Aran Smith – 7/9/2005
Weaknesses: Soft spoken. Very humble personality, which is a positive and a negative in that some would like to see him develop more of a swagger of confidence, but Tim Duncan and David Robinson were/are both silent (humble) assassins Needs to add more nastiness on the floor to dominate Still raw in terms of post moves, they are developing, but still have a ways to go He is so dominant on the high school level he hasn’t needed to develop any range or post skills Doesn’t have the ability to create offense for himself as he can overwhelm anyone he faces with his size and athleticism Still scores mostly on ally oops and put backs Has nice touch, but needs to develop a consistent mid range shot ( la David Robinson) Strength wont be an issue for him ultimately, but right now he needs to add muscle to his upper body and legs Almost too unselfish
Outlook: The top candidate for the number 1 pick in the 2007 draft, one year removed from high school A year of college should give him a great stepping stone for the NBA.
Matthew Maurer – 1/21/2007
Weaknesses: Offensively Oden isnt very polished with his back to the basket Nor does he possess a big assortment of moves Needs to expand his shooting range, as of right now Oden is very uncomfortable facing the basket Has struggled when playing against strong aggressive players Although this is to be expected when you consider his age Still learning what he’s capable of, especially against big and strong opponents, he can go through periods when he doesnt dominate and often he will defer to his teammates Post footwork could stand to refinement From a fundamental stand point, he is still behind in development. As of right now he is often relying on pure athleticism and size Doesnt always finish after contact Can get into foul trouble when faced with physically aggressive players