Rockazoids wrote:Mr Puddles wrote:E S V L wrote:
The Nicks package is way better than the one from the Suns you referred to. I believe that Barret will likely become a Kawai type of player, whereas Okongwu can be the next Clarke.
It might be your personal opinion that Barret will likely become a Kawai type player, but his actual performance thus far puts him stratospheres away from reaching that level of play. His rookie year was slightly better than Josh Jackson's rookie season.
Not saying that Barrett can't improve, but as of right now he doesn't have the kind of value you're attributing to him.
A rookie RJ Barrett
14.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 40.2 FG%, 32.0 3P%, 61.4 FT%, 47.9 TS%
A rookie Brandon Ingram
9.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 40.2 FG%, 29.4 3P%, 62.2 FT% , 47.4 TS%
20/19 Brandon Ingram
24.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.0 SPG , 46.4 FG%, 38.4 3P%, 85.8 FT%, 58.8 TS%
Look how far a rookie Ingram has come.
You realize anyone — who cared enough — could post even better rookie stats for a gang load of players who are not even in the league or barely hanging on. Development is not linear nor guaranteed.
One could also post stats for superstars now that looked like bench warmers as rookie and sophomore players.
Note: this is not a knock on Barrett, just stating the obvious.