ecuhus1981 wrote:Nic Claxton was a point guard in HS. So was Anthony Davis. Both guys might prefer to play the PF or even wing-forward, but when it comes down to winning, their best position to close out games is at C.
At PF or especially SF, Nic is a liability due to limited ball-handling and playmaking ability. Great for a 7-footer, but extremely raw for a SF. Can he consistently keep up with Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard, off of flare screens or in P&R defense? He can switch admirably I'm sure, but no coach wants Nic's primary responsibility to be chasing those guys around. It's a waste of his talent.
On the Mikki Moore comparison, I'm sure someone could compile a video of OOH and AAH moments for him as well, to compare favorably with Nic. The Mikki comp is not a knock. If he were brought up in this era, you'd better believe he'd have been hoisting 3's. He would have been encouraged to bring up the ball more. Otherwise, their games are quite similar. Tayshaun could check 1's all day long in his prime, that's not going to happen with Claxton. And that's cool, we still have a heckuva 2nd-round gem.
the mikki moore comparison is absolutlely terrible and a lazy one.
those vidoes are not about highlight or oohs and aahs. its about showing his skillset.
-show me the mikki moore video where he is the pick and roll ball handler?
-show me the mikki moore video where he gets a rebound, crosses a guy at mid court and goes coast to coast
-show me the mikki moore video where he takes an off-the-dribble wing three
-Show me the mikki moore video where he drives right, spins and takes a step back mid-range jumper
those are not things mikki moore ever did or was capable of. Claxton is every bit the ball handler kurucs is and as a lefty has a small inherit advantage there. he is every bit a F for us. He might be mikki moore as far as impact/how good he is overall, but his game is polar opposite of moore who was basically alergic to dribbling.
The prince comparison (as far as style/skillset) is much more comparable. although he clearly isnt the prospect prince was and likely his ceiling falls short of that.
Likewise, he is nothing like Jarrett Allen either, other then both are 7 feet and really enjoy dunking