Barkley6 wrote:Spoiler:King4Day wrote:Saberestar wrote:Jalen Smith is already probably better than a bunch of rookies that have been playing a lot of minutes for lottery teams.
Which rookie is playing decent minutes for any team that is yet in the competition? Exactly, no one. Great teams usually do not have any rookie in the rotation, and we were a great team since the start of the season.
Jalen Smith was given minutes in the final game of the RS and he did a double double.
He is a hard worker and has skills. He is gonna be good. Not sure why people are doubting him and James Jones.
I'm sure some had heard of him but many, including me, had to scramble and look him up to see what he was about. Some of the podcasts I watched said the same thing too.
I'm sure the pick was for need but in a draft where you just don't have a chance to do real scouting, I'd think Haliburton was the safer bet / sure thing, at the least.
You're probably right that he wasn't picked because of Payne, but it still hurts.
Smith had a good final game but I still feel he's further away than we need him to be. I hope he can take a big jump this offseason. No doubt the team is going to give him things to work on (bulking up and court awareness are key but not sure how you improve court awareness).
If he can take Frank's role next season, as third big, I'd consider it a win. Anything more and it's gravy.
Saric will be hard to move so we'll probably be giving him the backup big spot to try to rebuild his value
I think we're underestimating him a little. When you look at the jump he made from his freshman to sophomore season, it's pretty impressive.
In 5 more MPG he:
Improved his 3pt% by 10%
Improved his 2pt% by 4%
Improved his rebounds by 4/game
doubled his blocks per game (1.2 to 2.4)
Improved his scoring by 4ppg
That's a pretty significant development arc. I would hope he'd continue to grow and improve playing against NBA level players in practice everyday, and he clearly has the work ethic. I think Stix is going to be a fine NBA player, maybe not a star, but a solid rotation piece.
He also has a 150% TS% in the playoffs!