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Post#101 » by matt131 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:25 am

Good read on Smith and a bit of his background and character. A very likeable guy for sure. Seems very smart and definitely, definitely a Jones and Monty kind of guy. Hoping he continues to work extra hard.

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Post#102 » by darealjuice » Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:33 am

I listened to most of his interview with Bickley and Marotta earlier today, and at one point he mentioned that James and Monty complimented him on how much he had expanded his game since the college season ended. I thought that was interesting and am curious to see what they meant by that.
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Post#103 » by suns12345 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:44 am

darealjuice wrote:I listened to most of his interview with Bickley and Marotta earlier today, and at one point he mentioned that James and Monty complimented him on how much he had expanded his game since the college season ended. I thought that was interesting and am curious to see what they meant by that.


He's already better than Giannis but with a jumpshot, i'm hearing ;)
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Post#104 » by matt131 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:02 am

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darealjuice wrote:I listened to most of his interview with Bickley and Marotta earlier today, and at one point he mentioned that James and Monty complimented him on how much he had expanded his game since the college season ended. I thought that was interesting and am curious to see what they meant by that.


He's already better than Giannis but with a jumpshot, i'm hearing ;)
Good to know he's been working on his game! I mean, that would be the hope for any young NBA prospect, but God knows being in a shutdown has made me lazy as heck. So good to know he's been focused.
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Post#105 » by Revived » Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:27 am

Thing I love most about him is his size. He’s very young yet he already has NBA size and strength for the PF and even C position.

Feel like the number one issue with most rookies is about getting stronger and something we don’t have to worry about with Smith.

OT but I hope Cam Johnson comes back stronger than he was last year. He gives good effort defensively but his strength hurt him in many matchups defensively last season imo.
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Post#107 » by matt131 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:51 pm

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Barely recognize him without his glasses. I hope he still wears them in the NBA. They are are honestly really cool and can be his trademark look

(Weird connection here, but those glasses remind me of Rodrigo Blankenship's glasses. He is a rookie kicker for the Colts who I think currently leads the NFL on points scored and is performing super well as a rookie. Hopefully Jalen Smith can be as good his rookie year!)
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Post#108 » by NTB » Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:59 pm

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Barely recognize him without his glasses. I hope he still wears them in the NBA. They are are honestly really cool and can be his trademark look

(Weird connection here, but those glasses remind me of Rodrigo Blankenship's glasses. He is a rookie kicker for the Colts who I think currently leads the NFL on points scored and is performing super well as a rookie. Hopefully Jalen Smith can be as good his rookie year!)


He said he is gonna continue wearing them.
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Post#109 » by jcsunsfan » Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:48 pm

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Barely recognize him without his glasses. I hope he still wears them in the NBA. They are are honestly really cool and can be his trademark look

(Weird connection here, but those glasses remind me of Rodrigo Blankenship's glasses. He is a rookie kicker for the Colts who I think currently leads the NFL on points scored and is performing super well as a rookie. Hopefully Jalen Smith can be as good his rookie year!)


He said he is gonna continue wearing them.

Fine. But if losing them and getting surgery or contacts helps his play, they need to go.
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Post#110 » by NTB » Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:54 pm

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matt131 wrote:Barely recognize him without his glasses. I hope he still wears them in the NBA. They are are honestly really cool and can be his trademark look

(Weird connection here, but those glasses remind me of Rodrigo Blankenship's glasses. He is a rookie kicker for the Colts who I think currently leads the NFL on points scored and is performing super well as a rookie. Hopefully Jalen Smith can be as good his rookie year!)


He said he is gonna continue wearing them.

Fine. But if losing them and getting surgery or contacts helps his play, they need to go.


Goggles or not I don't care. I just want to see a good player.
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Post#113 » by Ghost of Kleine » Tue Dec 1, 2020 2:53 am

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:o Now if he can only add some of that muscle mass and tone to those legs too. It would be kind of cool to have a dynamic offensive ( Ayton) Defensive ( Smith) twin towers duo compliment for our frontcourt. :nod:
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Post#114 » by jcsunsfan » Tue Dec 1, 2020 6:03 am

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Skipping leg day I see. I know that looks impressive but to guys who lift seriously, that dude has a huge imbalance between his upper and lower body. It’s not good.
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Post#115 » by bwgood77 » Tue Dec 1, 2020 6:10 am

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Skipping leg day I see. I know that looks impressive but to guys who lift seriously, that dude has a huge imbalance between his upper and lower body. It’s not good.


Anyone who lifts even semi seriously should know Squats are easily the most important. Then probably deadlifts and cleans.

With long legs though and with trainers I imagine he has done squats, but it probably takes a lot longer to build up your legs and arms when 6'10. Muscles below the knees are even tougher to build.
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Post#116 » by matt131 » Tue Dec 1, 2020 6:28 am

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Skipping leg day I see. I know that looks impressive but to guys who lift seriously, that dude has a huge imbalance between his upper and lower body. It’s not good.


Anyone who lifts even semi seriously should know Squats are easily the most important. Then probably deadlifts and cleans.

With long legs though and with trainers I imagine he has done squats, but it probably takes a lot longer to build up your legs and arms when 6'10. Muscles below the knees are even tougher to build.
Not calling myself a body builder or a professional athlete or even someone who knows too much about this.

All I know is that I'm fairly tall and lanky, and dang it's hard to put "meat" on my lower body. My legs are just thin and it's super tough to add weight in general, let alone to my legs and especially my calves.

I can see gains in my chest and arms and shoulders fairly quickly (not massive, but slight improvements) but even with consistent days dedicated to lower body, I don't see much of a difference.

I'm sure Jalen has worked on it and will continue to as well. It's now his full time, paid job to exercise and work out. I imagine he'll make improvements. But I also imagine part of this is just genetics and overall body shape/type
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Post#117 » by Saberestar » Tue Dec 1, 2020 12:56 pm

After watching a bit more about Jalen Smith I really like him, but I have a question for some of you who usually watch NCAA basketball...

Why Daniel Oturu got drafted at #33? I have watched his highlights and overall numbers and he is pretty similar to Jalen Smith as a player. He is around 6 months older, but other than that they look about the same as a long 6'10 PF/Cs who can score from 3 and are great shot blockers.

Oturu averaged 20 points, 11 boards and 2.5 blocks per game, shooting 37% from three but on just 1.7 attempts per game. He improved a lot from his freshman season too.

I will say it again... I really like Smith as our #10 pick, but I want to understand why Oturu got drafted that late in the draft being so similar (on theory) to him, and probably there is something that I don't know about Oturu (headcase, low motor, etc...). I am curious about which are the biggest differences between them.
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Post#118 » by jcsunsfan » Wed Dec 2, 2020 3:51 am

Saberestar wrote:After watching a bit more about Jalen Smith I really like him, but I have a question for some of you who usually watch NCAA basketball...

Why Daniel Oturu got drafted at #33? I have watched his highlights and overall numbers and he is pretty similar to Jalen Smith as a player. He is around 6 months older, but other than that they look about the same as a long 6'10 PF/Cs who can score from 3 and are great shot blockers.

Oturu averaged 20 points, 11 boards and 2.5 blocks per game, shooting 37% from three but on just 1.7 attempts per game. He improved a lot from his freshman season too.

I will say it again... I really like Smith as our #10 pick, but I want to understand why Oturu got drafted that late in the draft being so similar (on theory) to him, and probably there is something that I don't know about Oturu (headcase, low motor, etc...). I am curious about which are the biggest differences between them.

I think a lot of teams made a mistake. He is going to be a good player.
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Post#120 » by matt131 » Fri Dec 4, 2020 2:40 am

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Definitely seems like a cool guy. Should be really easy to root for him. Not sure what kind of impact he'll have in his first year, but you know he's going to try really hard. I like that he said he's ready for coach to cuss him out. Seems like he thrives with that tough love style of teaching (should bode well with Chris Paul as his PG). I hope he rubs off on Ayton with his maturity and that the two form some good competition in practice.

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