ZER0 wrote:I really don't see the hype behind JJJ, he looks like a journeyman roleplayer to me. In a draft that is top heavy with superstar potential, i just don't see the top 5 hype. I would most definitely want Bagley over him.
I've heard multiple draft guys say he has the best defensive instincts of anyone they have scouted since Anthony Davis. He's a natural shot blocker who can also switch onto guards. Advanced stats love him with a 10 DBPM compared to 4 for Ayton and 3 for Bagley.
Offensively he's still a work in progress but he shot nearly 80% from the FT line which is a good indicator and he shot around 40% from 3 in college on a decent volume. So basically he's a 3 and D Center.
Some of the reason his counting stats don't jump off the page is MSU played 4 bigs in their rotation and had other guys like Bridges that took on more of the offensive role.
Another thing about JJJ is that Mich St doesn't always play freshmen a ton of minutes as Izzo usually gives his upper class men a lot of minutes. Draymond Green averaged 11 minutes as a freshman with 3 pts and 3 rebounds.
I don't understand the journeyman thing for the youngest guy of the top prospects who had the best defensive instincts and #s in college this year. I guess I can buy role player if that's what people consider defensive anchors who can shoot the 3.
But part of the reason I have him around top 5 is most of the prospects have flaws or play positions we are set at. I guy like Bagley is so limited at what he can do. It's made a guy like Faried who has a strong motor and is a solid rebounder and came in a solid finisher. Now Bagley should be better and is taller/longer, but is still kind of a tweener without great length.
Faried's college DX write up:
Record breaking forward Kenneth Faried is not the most skilled player on this list, but his situational breakdown is indicative of the fact that he may be the hardest working. Shooting a third ranked 61.2% in half court situations, Faried was a dominant figure in the OVC, and showed well against top competition too. He earned a top-ranked 23% of his possessions on the offensive glass, converting 70.2% of the put-backs (2nd).
Despite his relentless hustle, Faried actually saw the majority of his touches in one-on-one situations in the post (40%). Shooting 52.4% in those situations (4th), Faried's aggressiveness and toughness made him an imposing offensive presence at the college level despite his lack of advanced scoring-moves. Faried's best asset is his finishing ability. He scored 1.484 points per-possession at the basket last season an incredible mark and the best among big men. Faried isn't much of a jump shooter at this point, but it is hard not to be impressed with the way his motor and athleticism manifest themselves in the paint on paper.
- Source: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Kenneth-Faried-5325/