tiderulz wrote: Def Swami wrote:
That’s a good point, I didn’t think much of Booker or Jamal Murray during their stunts at Kentucky and they’d both be exactly what we need right now.
Jamal Murray had a stellar freshman season at Kentucky and led Canada to a Silver Medal at the Pan-American Games averaging 16 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg on 45% shooting at age 18!
He averaged 20 ppg, 5 rpg, and 2 apg on 45/41/78 splits as a freshman at UK. He was always a killer scorer. I was shocked to see him drop to #7. I really wanted the Magic to try and move up to draft him.
I'm right there with thelead. I've personally been obsessed with drafting scoring guards since 2013. From CJ McCollum in 2013, Lavine in 2014 with the #12, D'Angelo Russell in 2015, Murray in 2016, Dennis Smith in 2017, and Trae Young last year. The league has changed over this time span and given the guards so much more freedom of movement. And being able to hit a 3 off the dribble is one of the most lethal weapons in the league. This year, I think Coby White (and Darius Garland, I think) is going to have some success in the league.
It's pretty slim picking at #16, but the thought process should be similar.
I didnt watch a lot of Coby White, but when i did, he seemed to not be a great shooter and turned the ball over every other time he touched it. granted, i only saw about 7 games of UNC. But handles and decisions just seemed really bad
I thought his decision-making was lackluster as well, but that actually bodes well for his future. High turnover PGs tend to demonstrate more improvement in the long-term because that is a skill that is honed over time. I thought his ball handling was just fine, but he plays the game at a frenetic pace and teeters on the edge of being out of control.
What I like about him is that he has good vision, a short memory for his mistakes, an obvious confidence on the ball, and his shooting line was solid given his shot selection. I think there are a lot of tools there and that he will develop into a pretty good offensive player as he refines his skills. He also has enough size that you shouldn't have to worry about him being tagged as a combo guard.