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Post#1336 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:59 am by princeofpalace

Sik Infant wrote:It's crazy to think that Gilchrist is most probably the best defender in a draft involving Davis...


Drummond is actually looking like the best and most impactful defender
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Post#1337 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:09 am by Choker

princeofpalace wrote:
Sik Infant wrote:It's crazy to think that Gilchrist is most probably the best defender in a draft involving Davis...


Drummond is actually looking like the best and most impactful defender


Valanciunas would have had a word with you two....if it wasn't for Bargnani making him look bad defensively.
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Post#1338 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:32 am by princeofpalace

Choker wrote:
princeofpalace wrote:
Sik Infant wrote:It's crazy to think that Gilchrist is most probably the best defender in a draft involving Davis...


Drummond is actually looking like the best and most impactful defender


Valanciunas would have had a word with you two....if it wasn't for Bargnani making him look bad defensively.


Ive seen Jonas V play, he's good defensively but Drummond is noticeable better. But, I agree that Jonas V is also a more impactful defender than MGK. Kidd-Gilchrist will likely be the best perimeter defender from the draft, but certainly a defensive bigman is more valuable than a defensive wing.
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Post#1339 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:20 am by TwentyOne920

Drummond's the best defensive-oriented big from this class. Davis has the capability to be a force on both ends so him being labeled as merely a defensive big didn't do him justice.

The problem (or is it the solution) is that Detroit is in tanking mode.
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Post#1340 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:21 am by boogie-reke

Ettorefm wrote:not to mention terrific defense


I don't see it.

I think he's actually looking lost quite often defensively, and quite a few baskets are directly on him.

Not writing him off at all obviously, he's a rookie big and as such those are common mistakes to make and he showed when he knows where to be etc he's an absolute force - not to mention his weight that's keeping him from staying balanced through contact and making him pushed under the rim more often.

But he is not playing anything close to terrific defense yet, and i've watched 80% of his games so far - especially in PNR situations when he hedges too much and doesn't return in time, or when he roams too much out of his position and giving open jumpers - but also in the post where again he's pushing under the rim far too easily giving a high % shot.
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Post#1341 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:38 am by boogie-reke

I would have to say, btw - that as far as defensive wings go the best i've seen is Jeff Taylor.

Granted it was more limited minutes (Although he's getting more and more as time moves on) - but this kid is probably the best Wing defender in this class.

If he can show he can shoot the NBA 3 like he did the collage 3 last year, Charlotte got a massive massive steal imo, Battier esque. This kid has lockdown top 5 wing defender in the league potential.
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Post#1342 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:04 am by Choker

Terrence Ross also deserves mention as a terrific perimeter defender, but nah he's too good for Dwane Casey's tastes apparently.
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Post#1343 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:16 pm by EvanZ

boogie-reke wrote:I would have to say, btw - that as far as defensive wings go the best i've seen is Jeff Taylor.



I said this at the time of the draft that MKG and JT are going to be the best perimeter defensive tandem in the league in a few years.
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Post#1344 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:53 pm by j_angel

First double-double for Sullinger last night.
12 points (5 of 8 shooting), 11 boards (4 offensive) and a steal in 26mins, no turnovers also.

He was also close to the last option on offense so he didnt get many touches. Made a few 15 foot jumpers and some nice post moves.

I know was against a weak team. But he looked a lot better than JV (could just be respective teams talent though).

Hoping he gets a chance to impress tonight against Detroit. Their frontcourt will be a good test for him.

In all seriousness if he didn't have a red flag and was more athletic could have seen him being a top 3 pick.
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Post#1345 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:07 pm by DeBlazerRiddem

A top 3 pick?

Dude could have been a lottery pick without the red flags, but saying he is a top 3 talent from this draft is crazy. Celtics got a steal, but come on.
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Post#1346 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:42 pm by j_angel

Lotto pick as he is now.
If we was a lot more athletic he would have been a top 3 pick. But hes not so he wasn't,
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Post#1347 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:52 pm by CBB_Fan

DeBlazerRiddem wrote:A top 3 pick?

Dude could have been a lottery pick without the red flags, but saying he is a top 3 talent from this draft is crazy. Celtics got a steal, but come on.


Well, he did include "more athletic." It is totally reasonable to say Sullinger would be top 3 with elite athleticism. Then again, once we start adding things like that, most players would be lotto talent.
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Post#1348 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:57 pm by j_angel

I do agree. Not good to speculate and say if this player was better at X he would be this good.
But was just saying he is so unathletic (compared to other players in the league) that even if he had average nba atheleticism he would have been taken a lot higher.

He is very talented offensively and can rebound, plus he has a very high basketball IQ (both Rondo & KG have said this).

Excited to see how he plays tonight.
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Post#1349 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:59 pm by BizGilwalker

EvanZ wrote:
boogie-reke wrote:I would have to say, btw - that as far as defensive wings go the best i've seen is Jeff Taylor.



I said this at the time of the draft that MKG and JT are going to be the best perimeter defensive tandem in the league in a few years.

MKG has been nothing short of fantastic (I didn't even dream he'd be this good so soon) but I haven't seen enough consistency from Taylor to put him in the discussion. He's looked pretty decent so far but I think he's thinking too much on the court and hesitating as a result, particularly on offense, but it's happened a few times on D as well.
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Post#1350 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:03 pm by SaiCLE

I know it's just 10 games and that I have been one of waiters supporters, But the guy looks like sh*t right now. He is glued to the 3 point line all game, It seems like he does not even care about playing in the offense anymore... All in all it's not looking too good for the Cavalier FO, If Dion does not pan out Grant and Scott will be fired....

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Post#1351 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:13 pm by Blkbrd671

SaiCLE wrote:I know it's just 10 games and that I have been one of waiters supporters, But the guy looks like sh*t right now. He is glued to the 3 point line all game, It seems like he does not even care about playing in the offense anymore... All in all it's not looking too good for the Cavalier FO, If Dion does not pan out Grant and Scott will be fired....

End of rant :-?



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Post#1352 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:15 pm by ComboGuardCity

Drummond doing very well on KG. 3 straight times he shut him down in the post.
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Post#1353 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:24 pm by JungleCat022

SaiCLE wrote:I know it's just 10 games and that I have been one of waiters supporters, But the guy looks like sh*t right now. He is glued to the 3 point line all game, It seems like he does not even care about playing in the offense anymore... All in all it's not looking too good for the Cavalier FO, If Dion does not pan out Grant and Scott will be fired....

End of rant :-?


I agree he does need to go away from the 3 pointers, but he's been shooting decently so far. My issue is his finishing at the rim, he can get wherever he wants on the floor but he has struggled finished his layups.
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Post#1354 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:36 pm by Cro_Ruption

another solid game from lillard.
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Post#1355 Re: The OFFICIAL Rookie impressions thread
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:36 pm by Blazing_royale

SaiCLE wrote:
Blazing_royale wrote:@

3-16 last game
4-16 today

5-16 next game

Most of the layups he missed should have been fouls, like the last play when kaman slugged him in the face. He started attacking when he realized his jumper wasn't falling. He'll get better *Shrug

He finished the game with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 asts, 2 stls.


2-13 waiters

next game 5-16
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