AaronB wrote: Horcy wrote:
He rolled his ankle in the previous game he played in. He took a knee to the thigh going around a screen in the game last night. Those suck. He's a guy that is always going to be banged up by nature of how he plays. He's also a guy that isn't going to let that stop him from playing.
Yeah. That's what I meant. He rested one game and came back, even he wasn't fully healed. I truly respect that. That's also why I was so happy about him. Because Suggs is the kind of player that talking about his basketball skills is not enough. He gives much more than just basketball. He always gives his 110% on every play and I love it.
I said it on the game thread, but Suggs' steal at the end of the Knick game was "elite". While other players were running back to get into position, Suggs was sizing up the floor and getting himself in position to make a play.
Can't teach that. A player either has that awareness or they do not.
I still think that he will be the best player from the 2021 draft. Slow start offensively for sure, but his elite qualities are there.
That was the least impressive of his four stocks from my perspective. That was a reckless pass to throw. Nevertheless, it was a 2-point swing in the outcome of the game (1 point saved, 1 point gained).
His other three were: the block on Mitchell's reverse that turned into a fast break and yielded two free throws (3-point swing: 2 saved, 1 gained), picking Rose up near mid court and finishing with a dunk (2-point swing: 1 saved, 1 gained), and when he rotated down to steal a wraparound pass to Robinson when WCJ went out to defend a driving Toppin (2-point swing: 2 saved).
The average NBA possession is worth roughly 1.08 points. When you wipe away a guaranteed two and turn that into a high-value possession on the other end, that's a full 3-point swing in the outcome of the game. That's massive. To put that into context, the difference between a .550 TS% and a .500 TS% is about 2 points for every 20 field goal attempts.
He did have a boneheaded drive and kick that turned into an easy basket for NY that was a 2-point swing for NY (1 saved, 1 gained).
Jalen Suggs makes winning plays and he does so without compromising his defensive obligations. His TS added is a miserable -46.4 right now, but the team isn't sinking when he is on the floor because he is so good at the defensive end. When he gets up to speed at the offensive end, he is going to be very special.
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