jivelikenice wrote:DANNYLANDOVER wrote:Jay81 wrote:is Harrison barnes better than Bradley Beal?
Yes. I really think the board fell into group think with Beal. Barnes was more productive than Beal in college, but as usual we overrate potential, because Beal is 19 and has a nice looking jumper. I think Beal will be a good player, but I would have picked Drummond or Barnes over him.
100%. The concerns about Beak were the following:
2. Ability to attack off the dribble
3. His actual shooting % in college
All of these concerns have been validated. His height is affecting his ability to get off shots. He's no effective driving to the hoop. He has a nice looking shot but it doesn't translate to a high fg% because he just plain misses or doesn't get an easy shots. He's tentative....None of this should be a surprise. We convinced ourselves he was better than he was and blamed his deficiencies on him being a freshman. If he had gone back to college like Perry Jones did, the questions would have arose...He benefited from being young and the sample size not being big enough.....
I think #3 and #4 are valid, but I haven't seen anything to worry about his height. He's blocked some shots and he can get his shot off fine. Can he get off a 3 with a big man up in his grill? No, but we don't want him to.
He's also shown a decent ability to drive the ball. In the last game, he made some very nice moves to the basket, and since the first game he's gotten much better at not picking up his dribble. This is all clearly an improvement since college, so it bodes well for further improvement in the future. His larger problem has been finishing at the rim--he's struggling so far. And yes, this is partially because of his height. But this is part of the process of a guard transitioning from college to the NBA, and it's far too early to write off his ability to get the cup.
As for his outside shot, it's looked pretty but been average. This is a real concern. It needs to look pretty and go in a lot for him to be an impact player.