CharlesOakley wrote:We need more warm bodies. I don't think RJ should be immune from getting the hook from time to time. If you look at his shot chart, he cannot shoot when strait on the basket. 1 make and 16 misses this season so far. I have been underwhelmed with his playmaking since he came into the league and he doesn't look improved from last season in that area. His per 36 is nearly identical as last season except he is shooting worse from everywhere but the line.
I downgrading his ceiling from Jimmy Butler to Caron Butler.
Since you brought it up. Could you post that shot chart. Im just curious where his good shots are vs his bad shots. And I'd love to see his assisted vs iso numbers come out. Its probably a mess.
On a side note Caron Butler was nice. He shouldn't really be used as the low point for a player. In fact right now we'd be lucky to get Caron Butler out of RJ. Im concerned we're looking at the next Harrison Barnes. Now that may sound hot take but just imagine if even this yr it was Haliburton instead of Toppin. F it, let's say Toppin comes back yr 2 and really starts looking like an Amare. Is RJ still your prized go to player? Now then add maybe a Jalen Smith or some FAs.
At some point RJ is gonna have to clearly start outperforming guys like that. First of all he should be good enough that he'd never allow us to be in the lottery but lets just say half the team gets I Jared and he finds himself there....that he could be like no sweat. There are like 4 guys this draft that could take that responsibility from RJ. Right now this would be Lamelos team. Wiseman is a longer project but hes already more talented. And Edwards is a bit of a nucklehead but on pure raw talent he's better right now.
RJ doesn't have Jimmy Butler time folks. He was drafted 3rd. You draft a guy 3rd you should have Carmelo Anthony level expectations of potential and immediate impact. Right? And Carmelo talked about like his class disappointment. But yeah, rookie yr putting up 20+ points, clearly more skilled and athletic than most of his peers and vets alike, playoff birth.
Not everybody develops that way and RJ still got a long career but its definitely concerning for sure. Hes below midtier right now. Hes competing and just barely with Alex Burks right now, Austin Rivers. He should be leading that caliber of player. Bossing them around.