-YogiBiz- wrote:BugginOut wrote:DaT WaVeY RiCaN wrote:I hear nothing but what Lamelos cons are
But what are his Pros besides playmaking?
Somebody convince me and ill be sure to be on the Lamelo bandwagon tommorow
He’s a 6’8 point guard that projects to be a generational passer. He also just has that “it” factor. Just look what he did in the NBL against grown men.
People get on him for his shooting percentages, but you don’t take shots like this if you’re a bad shooter. His problem is shot selection which can be fixed. Plus he has a decent FT% which correlates well with finding his 3pt shot in the NBA.
Also people get on him about his defense, but Lonzo was also touted as a poor defender coming out of college, and look at him now. LaMelo has the size, the instincts and the lateral quickness to be a good defensive player, and playing under Thibs will give him the best chance to unlock that potential.
All in all, I think worst case scenario he ends up as a 6’8 Ricky Rubio with worse defense. Which, would still be the best PG we’ve had on the team for the last decade.
He asked what his pros were besides playmaking. And you said he’s a 6’8 generational passer. However, I will digress on this point, and I shall focus on the meat of your argument.
A few things. LaMelo had a 37.5%|25% split. That is awful and has much more bearing on his ability to actually shoot than his FT%, also his shot is busted. His arms are never ready for a catch and shoot off ball, his release is uglier than his brothers, and his feet are hardly ever squared with the basket. He just doesn’t have a good enough shot. LaMelo also has some of the worst lateral agility amongst the PG’s in this class. He has poor defensive footwork, stone hips, and with poor on ball defensive IQ; his defensive outlook is bad at best. He’s too weak to not be pushed around by opposing guards. Lonzo wasn’t a poor defender coming out. It was one of his selling points.
Also a 6’8” Rubio who doesn’t play defense is a borderline 25MPG guy.
Also about the rest of the season. That game you posted was sandwiched in between two games that he took more shots than points he add. He’s a me first guy, which is insanely hard to say about a passer as gifted as he is. But he’s going to want the ball every time down the court. And he can’t play off it because he is a poor shooter, and just down right not interested in the game when he doesn’t have the ball.
People act like other players can't pass. Much rather than two flashy passes per game I'd like my guards to be able to get by NBA defenders at will. Ball won't be able to do that. He's slow, weak and not athletic. If you actually watch the clips, you'll notice how bad the defense against him really is, especially on the occasions where he gets to the basket.