Leslie Forman wrote:dougthonus wrote:Zion's just a big strong guy with great touch around the basket if he's not a freak athlete, but he's not even a tall one in that scenario.
He's much more than that. He is a fantastic passer and has great vision and instincts. IMO he could legitimately be turned into a Draymond Green/Boris Diaw type of point forward/center if he suddenly lost his explosiveness and never developed his 3. In fact I would not be surprised one bit if he took a very Blake Griffin-ish career path in terms of offensive role.
I think New Orleans really needs to get rid of Lonzo and start developing Zion into that type of player right now, actually. I don't think Gentry has a clue how to really utilize him. All the people here complaining nonstop about Boylen really have no clue how bad some other coaches around the league are when it comes to pure Xs and Os.
I haven't seen Zion as a great passer. Neither his college or pro stats would back that up, but I've only seen a small fraction of his games at either level and a bunch of highlights (none of which are him making great passes). Part of it is how he's used I'm sure and opportunities he has which are limited, but I think that's very sketchy to say he could be an offensive initiator as a passer rather than a guy who just passes out of a double team to an open guy.
Again though, I've only seen limited amounts of Zion, so I'm basing that on the stats and his games I've watched (maybe 10% of his pro/college career).
As for Morant, he is a great passer too but it's ultimately still all based on getting to the rack, like John Wall. Maybe he becomes a high level shooter, maybe he doesn't. That's not really any more of a sure thing than any other hypothetical. If Morant ever lost his quickness but never became an elite shooter, he'd just be another non-scoring passing point guard, an archetype that is really not an offensive plus at all.
I agree that Wall is a good comparison for Morant.