MrDollarBills wrote:MGrand15 wrote:DeRoma wrote:Problem is he never attacks... He continuously settles for contested jumpers and he is not a good enough shooter to even take those types of shots. To me, if he continues on to play like he did this season, he'll be out of the league by the end of his next contract. From what I see is a player that is manageable to be the main guy in the regular season but completely disappears when the opposing defense decides not to give him space like what we saw when he was against Simmons. Kinda pathetic how ineffective he was when the only defensive assignment against him was to lock him down. They didn't even try to do anything else like trap, deny the passing lane, put a satellite defender against him, etc. It was straight up D.
There is a silver-lining chance that he can if he can somehow convert the hard shots he stubbornly takes in a higher trajectory. Which he then instantly becomes a top 10 player on the league. However, I just don't see it. You can tell he is not a workhorse like Curry, Lebron, Kobe, etc. You can easily see it from watching him so lackadaisical handling the ball where he constantly gets cookied by no name defenders.
So basically I think he is a boom or bust player. If he continue to play the he have been with the lack of shooting improvement, he is as good as gone in the NBA. That "improvement" meaning he needs to be able to be god tier with his off-the-dribble shots. Either that or he needs to completely change his mentality of the game and be more of playmaking facilitator that can be a descent spot up shooter is what he can do to save his career.
Save his career? He's about to get a max contract (or something close) - what in the world are you talking about?
I read that and was like
He had a poor showing in the post season but dude made the all star team, put up 21/7/4 on decent percentages and practically carried this team to the playoffs. Now we go from that to him being out of the league?
This knock is more on the way his mentality is as a player. He needs the ball in order to show his effectiveness. Yet, he is not capable of breaking down the defense in an isolated situation. Yet, he has majority of the possession (USG% 30+ i.e. James Harden numbers). We've seen his numbers dip pretty low when he is not this high rate of possessions. Which basically question where and how he can fit into a system. Right now it's ok since we are still early on the process and he will get his first big pay check. Yet, I don't see teams giving the kind of money he is expecting if he doesn't show improvements on being productive without being the main center piece of the offense.
Where I'm getting at is basically what happened to Carmelo Anthony and I can see it happening to DLO in a very early stage of his career.