Stillwater wrote: JonFromVA wrote:
Stillwater wrote:oh its early but Im not as hopeful as you are at all
Because its the preseason I expected more from DG not less
At his age, he's just going to play better vs some teams than others. Of course if he can lock in his 3pt shot in games, that alone will change things tremendously for him ... but even good shooters are streaky.
In other words ... bring on the Knicks.
you should be the gm of a tanking team lol with that kind of easy going attitude anyway.
I have no clue what to make of DG at this point in time but unless the man starts dropping dimes like Ja Morant or hitting step back bombs above 40% it is not a great resume if his turnover bug continues.
I guess what I am projecting is despite finally showing some of what made him an interesting recruit before college with his history of winning awards etc now showing the advantage with his ball handling and separation ability hell even his floater looks like $...I still dont see where in the hell this dynamic floor general is at that so many fans say they think he is.
I think he a higher % chance of being a score first rotation guard as he does running the offense of a good team.
I think DG is going to earn some time to prove himself off the bench and at this point any starting gig if he gets it is the org gifting it again.
Nah, I've just been watching the league for so many years and seen things playout so many different ways, I've learned drawing snap judgements is best left to the talking heads on TV who get paid to be wrong.
There's a natural progression to player development. You can hope it progresses quickly and linearly, but even that's not a given. Sometimes it's a step by step thing, and different aspects have to snap in to place before you see the player make overall progress.
Darius is not the "dynamic floor general" we'd like see to in game 2 of the pre-season .vs. the Pacers, but as long as he's showing improvement in some areas and not stagnating, I'm good. Waiting to see if players will develop is something you have to deal with when you draft 18 and 19 year olds, or you end up like the Clippers.
In the short term, Darius needs to eliminate the stupid passes and turnovers, and I fully expect him to do it. And if he's the player I think he is, at some point we do need to see that 3-ball start to drop and especially off the dribble; but I really don't mind him being conservative until he trusts it. Forcing up miss after miss is a good way to get frustrated and benched.
In the meantime, his ability to get in the paint is still a strength and his floater looks greatly improved. He's also using the backboard very well. His defense has improved, and as I noted last year, he makes a lot of good defensive decisions even if his body/length doesn't always let him make a stop.
Hopefully we get to see where Collin is at .vs. the Knicks. I still see no reason they can't compliment each other on offense, but we need to see the ball move. Alas, sometimes that's more about the offense stagnating and sometimes it's the defense doing something that's frustrating the offense. It's because of the later that we need to take care comparing performance .vs. the Pacer's starters .vs. their bench.