likashing wrote:Yes, so far from the limited minutes/summer league/highlights I have seen, it looks like Looney's rebounding is the most translatable skill from college. I see him replacing McAdoo as the front court project, but at least Looney will rebound consistently.
McCaw has great potential. I like how he played in the summer league, but we have plenty of guards and wings. To earn minutes at those spots, he needs to be able to space the floor by shooting well, or being able to put points on the score board. While McCaw has a lot of great attributes, but looks like Ian Clark is better at taking the Barbosa role as bench scorer - if you can't defend, at least even it out by scoring some points.
Jones - I am optimistic but I am not that high on him, but he will surely get every opportunity simply because of his position - he is the only center under contract. While this season's championship is the most important, realistically, we should look at it as a ~4-5 year window of winning as many rings as possible. For this goal, we need a serviceable center and Kerr will give Jones some minutes to develop into that role.
I see Looney being more than just a McAdoo project replacement. There wasn't anything that stood out from McAdoo's college career that made me think he was an NBA level player. Looney like you point out is a rebounder and a good one, so that should translate to the NBA.
McCaw can play defense and that keeps a lot of guys from making it to the next level. If he can develop a consistent outside shot, I think they have found Iguodala light.
We have three centers under contract for this season, with Zaza, Andy and Jones. I think McGee makes the team, making it 4. You might be referring to next season, where we will need vet minimum guys to fill the loss of Zaza and Andy . I'm very high on Jones and maybe overly so. He is the only guy on the team that has the upside to stay with Jordan. I actually see him as being more polished than Jordan coming into the league and has the lateral quickness to guard smaller players on the perimeter. He has a bigger learning curve than Festus coming into the league, but he has a much higher ceiling than Festus. I can see him in a Jordan type role in the future, with his soft hands and jumping ability. I can see him playing some minutes in the rotation because of need, but also a way for him to learn. Green will pay huge dividends keeping this kid in position and Adams will as well. I wasn't really excited about the pick until others told me to take a closer look and I have come away with the idea that the front office might have pulled off one of their better drafts with Jones and McCaw.