Iron Mantis wrote:prophet_of_rage wrote:Iron Mantis wrote:The Tyson/boxing analogy is pretty bad.
These guys don't play the world's best at their position, alone, for 48 minutes every game they step into. Basketball is a team sport. They also play against a wide variety of talent form starters, bench players, scrubs, etc. for a variety of minutes.
You're asking them to play starters minutes. They do play the best point guards in the world for all the minutes they are given. You want a team sport analogy, cool, look at how quarterbacks are brought along in the nfl or mlb pitchers. You have to be exceptional to be given starting minutes. These guys are not exceptional. They need to develop in practice and minor leagues.
A prime Mike Tyson would equate to playing Westbrook EVERY night. That's simply not true. They play against all sorts of levels of talent from 29 other teams.
You've ignored the football and baseball examples. But even still. Do you think a novice boxer should be logging heavy ring time with any ranked heavyweight? Should they go out against a Klitscko, a Lewis, a Ruddock, a Foreman, whoever who is ranked or should they, as they do, work themselves up slowly into contention?
The league is lousy with great point guards with situation being the main separator between them. These guys have to face Curry, Westbrook, Lowry, Lillard, Paul, Irving and then second tier but still great guys like Bledsoe, Oladipo, Payton, Jackson and it goes on. They are facing an uphill battle at the toughest position in the league.
The assumption being that you will learn what to do better from your mistakes. But the problem is it might be too late. How do you develop a pull up jumper in game time? How do you tighten your handle in game time? How do you make the right play calls in game time?
The way posters on this board want it is survival of the fittest. Throw em out and let them sink or swim. That's damaging to most players long term and isn't in any way development.