As far as I am concerned a player's readiness / value / potential comes down to these factors
The only thing LaVine MIGHT be missing is IQ which can be improved with good coaching and time / experience. Which can practically be said for all players.
Smh at a 6'5 - 6'6 athletic guard with a handle AND range not being ready. That is not an easy combo to find ie checking all four of those boxes. (size, athleticism, handle, jumper)
Last edited by MedellinHeel; 02-15-2014 at 10:05 AM.
athleticism - yes
skill - Not really, he can shoot at times but is streaky (6-29 in last 5 games), handle is average, settles for jumpers, plays atrocious D, like REALLY bad, doesn't rebound the ball. At the start of the year he didn't appear on any scouting reports, now teams will know his strengths and will force him out of his sweet spots, hence his dip in form.
Now I am not saying he wont become a good player, I am just saying he is a long way from being anything near an effective pro player, he is still an average player by NCAA standards right now, that is fact.
I actually did an interview with a professional scout, we discussed various prospects but LaVine came up, he thankfully thought exactly the same as me:
Last edited by Plowright; 02-15-2014 at 01:14 PM.
I am sour on MKG and Biz, due to them having zero skill in the half court. I would not draft a player that high with such glaring holes in their game, unless they were some really raw athletic freak specimen. Neither of which involves MKG or Biz.
LaVine is not some development type pick. Too much skill, size, and athleticism to be classified as such. Dude can play the PG and SG position at 6'5 with hops. That only should tell you something.
People said Giannis was not even gonna play in the NBA this year ie keep stored overseas or go to the D-league and he is certainly looking like an effective pro player. Numerous double doubles and was in the rising stars game. Which i called last year before the draft and I also said Lillard was the best player in the draft when he came out. I forgot the log on details of my old handle DashGlobal, but your are more than welcome to do search to confirm. Also said Ross (Toronto) was undervalued as well
Not trying to brag but it is what it is. LaVine is a very nice SG prospect. Only thing that concerns me is his FT shooting but that might be due to small sample size. Like I said, people with his size, athleticism, handle, and jumper do not come around a lot.
Just to give you a example, Biz is / was a developmental player. Extremely raw, had no shot, no post moves, bad hands, etc etc. Hence he needed to be developed.
If you focus on skill, size and athleticism (need to be able to evaluate it) you will be ok more times than not. Take Lillard for example. He checked all the main boxes
Size - check 6'3
Athleticism - check
Skill - double check
All of which could be seen here. Was easily the most talented complete player in the draft.
Wow so you were write about Lillard and Giannis, what do you want us all to do? crate a Medellin Heel shrine?
You don't here me constantly refer to being right about Vucevic, Parsons, Terrance Jones. For every hit a guy has, there is a miss, but just because you were right about two guys in the past we should all believe you? Pleaseee
Just a quick word about the tone: everyone has an opinion, none are right or wrong so lets not fight about this stuff guys. Just respect each others opinions and move on. also the personal (for lack of a better term) attacks are all over the board. were all fans lets support the team together.
There is nothing to believe. Its all very observable ie size, athleticism, skills (shooting, passing, handling, rebounding, defense, scoring, etc)
I am merely stating the obvious. LaVine is a nice SG prospect and is not some developmental player ala Biz.
That doesnt mean he is gonna be a stud as other factors go into things ie coaching, roles, character issues, willingness to learn (IQ), drive, etc etc.