MaKiaVeLi7 wrote:Well, everybody's entitled to their own preference and opinion.
We'll see what comes out of this draft pick.
There are some questions with his game, and there are some positives that are obvious to see.
Most if not all of his weaknesses can be fixed and his game will be a lot more polished and smooth when he starts playing with other NBA talent.
Let's not turn that discussion into a love-hate word barrage. If he does not pan out and we don't see any improvement or flashes by next year, yeah, he is a bust. But nothing makes me think such a negative outcome is probable, on the contrary, the guy has high motor and willingness to succeed at this level. He is a competitive dog and plays with fire. We need that.
Also, think about it: who would you rather have as a backup? An old and weak DJ or an up and coming athletic explosive scorer and shot creator, offensive threat and an elite guard rebounder who can push the tempo???
I strongly believe all Magic fans should root for Cole only because if he succeeds early on, it will only contribute to getting rid of Fournier sooner and breaking the buddy-ball nightmare. Only based on that I think he should have a strong fanbase here.
Let's get super specific, without investing emotions in it.
I'm very, very confused with fit with current roster , projected future roster and Cole Anthony.
Magic are investing money and probably exstending Markelle Fultz. He is our PG of future, for better or worst. Right? It's no secret he is more talented than Cole, everybody can agree with that.
Can their game co-exist? Not really. Since both are ball dominant and not much of a natural scorers off catch. Due Fultz condition, he is probably most usless off ball players along Westbrook and Rubio in whole league.
Can Cole play SG ? Not really, he is very small and short , with thiny wingspan that will make it impossible for him to guard other SGs . And you are what you can guard. If you can't guard anybody you are Steph Curry (
) . Jokes aside, there are just 4 undersized high quality SGs in whole league:
1) Donovan Mitchell, supereme athlete, built like a NFL player
2) Bradley Beal, another bulky, muscular guard
3) CJ McCullum ( who is always weakest link on Blazers already weak defense )
4) Jrue Holiday, equipped with 6'7 wingspan and nose for defense
But if he is allegedly 6'2 in shoes, with already reported 6'3 -and half wingspan, he is still smaller than any of them.
Short term, for Orlando, he is backup, without any doubt he won't start single game as long as Fultz is funcional and running.
So in that second unit, depending is Okeke starting, you are already running into trubles.
There is rookie PG, rookie SF-PF, very raw and very lost on both ends -Bamba and whoever plays with SF-PF . And Ross.
Ross might take every shot bench unit takes
From start there is obvious lack of quality pick&roll action, bread and butter of every offense, and fans don't seem to understand why Bamba "looked" better in second than in rookie year. ( spoiler alert, he didn't have to play with Bricscoe and Grant but spent wohle year playing off DJ Augustin ) Bamba is only treat as pop option, and kind a terrible rolling big. In same time Cole Anthony flat out sucked as finisher around rim. So both guys in pick&roll action have same desire to - shoot and not go inside. That's trouble.
i just find it funny how people get exited about edited videos of players practicing over 5'5 coaches that don't contest their jumpshots. LIke, i watched Derick Rose pregame shootarounds where guy would bang 19 out of 20 threes and come in game and shot 1 for 6 every game. Or there would be video of Dante Exum beating chairs off dribble and he would get Kobe comparisons