minimus wrote:shangrila wrote:I love how people are like "Oh, you're ignorant" or "typical Euro bias".
I watched the video posted earlier in this thread and saw Shved and Larkin blowing by him like he wasn't even there. I didn't just look at his height and say "herp derp he's a bad defender". He can't stay in front of **** Alexey Shved, how does anyone expect him to stay in front of NBA backups?
He's a good Euro player, I've never disputed that. Doesn't mean he's going to translate to the NBA. And if it costs 6mil a year? Yeah, no. Rather give that to McLaughlin. Maybe at 3yr/12mil I'd bite but even that's a tough ask that I'd, again, rather just give to JMac.
Do you realize that both Larkin and Shved are NBA level players?
Ok, if I assume that's true then he still can't stay in front of NBA level players. So if the defence doesn't translate you're left with a good/great passer that's a streaky shooter and struggles finishing in Europe (i.e. he'll suck at it in the NBA). And at that point I wonder what IS the point?
McLaughlin was no slouch as a passer last season, with a 31 AST% and 13.7 TOV%. Not elite numbers but well above average (for reference Paul posted similar numbers, though those are way down from his career %s). So is losing the offence JMac brings worth the slight upgrade in passing? I don't think so.