coldfish wrote:I don't get the Coby stuff. The kid looks good for a 19 year old to me. He tries on defense. He is aggressive on offense. He is willing to pass the ball. His shot selection needs work but I don't see him forcing shots like a greedy chucker. He is just not familiar with the reads.
If you just close your mind to the stuff you believed about Coby before he came in and watch him with the recurring thought "this is a 19 year old with less than 5 games professional experience" it looks pretty good.
I didn't really have any expectations for Coby. So far I see the following:
1: Not an elite athlete, not sure if anyone said otherwise, but I think I mistook the idea that he pushes the pace hard with a guy who's a blur up and down the court. He's not that explosive of an athlete, he just pushes the pace hard.
2: Has very little court vision. May or may not be a long term problem, but it doesn't really exist.
3: Plays hard defensively and competes on that side of the floor though has limited defensive upside due to short arms which stop him from really challenging shots well. He's much better in denying penetration with his chest and playing physical than he is contesting shots.
4: Not afraid to go at it. He takes his shots, barrels into contact, plays physical on offense.
5: Thus far, not a very efficient player. He's not afraid to take his looks, but he's not finishing a good enough percentage of them right now (may or may not be a long term problem).
If I had to just take wild guesses, I would say he's probably a starting caliber but sub-all-star type player. I would expect much better ball handling / vision even at this stage for an elite PG, better shooting if he were the next Klay Thompson, and his lack of elite athleticism / size stop him bring having a huge advantage without elite skills.
That says, his physicality, good athleticism, and good skill level at this age means he's likely to become at least a good contributor over time.