robillionaire wrote:i went with carey jr and isiah stewart
I do find it interesting the debate between Jaden McDaniels and Isiah Stewart. Clearly Stewart was way more productive, has more of a defined role in the NBA, and younger. They both came in highly recruited to Washington. But some think McDaniels should be picked maybe after far as the high lottery or late teens...when Stewart kind of projects as a late 1st early 2nd round pick by most.
Not saying I lean one way or the other...just find it interesting that they are on the same team too.
Jaden McDaniels and Isiah Stewart are like polar opposites from a maximizing skill set and focus standpoint.
McDaniel's is the guy that has the great upside and is toolsy but really doesn't seem to get anywhere near to maximizing it...and his focus comes and goes in ways that you really have to be concerned about come NBA time (when the going get hard, what is Jaden McDaniels going to do is my biggest question/concern?).
Stewart on the other hand doesn't really have much going in the way of tools and skill and his upside is pretty limited but he goes out and does whatever he can with the physicality he possesses (which is pretty solid, shortish but big wingspan) and grinds. My concern with Stewart is that he puts in a lot of effort to get everything he gets and his game is pretty much only physicality and effort. Don't honestly really see any sort of upside. His physicality isn't going to be as useful in the NBA as I just don't see him as anything more than a maybe backup C. There isn't the NBA upside that a Vernon Carey has.
A team would definitely be more prone to take McDaniels early if they feel that the potential and upside can be met. Stewart? He really has no upside and you take him cause you need a guy that will fight and compete but that may not be able to give you much of anything else. Stewart isn't Montrezl Harrell (who may have a similar profile). Harrell showed the same type of fluidity and agility that Vernon Carey showed and is a lot more explosive than Stewart when he was at Louisville. And Harrell was one of the most intense players in college basketball at the time (Stewart not as much).