JasonStern wrote:And as good as Trent is, as good as Trent can be, CJ is better.
Congrats to Stotts on 500 wins.
If he keeps playin like this then his next contract ain't gonna be so big
CJ’s midrange to just beyond the 3 line is excellent. Not a threat as a finisher at the hoop. His D, like his O, is not about contact as it is positioning. And with his size and game, he’s not more than just okay on D. CJ plays like a little guy who works to get his shot off among the trees.
Trent looks more like an energized/frenetic Wesley Matthews but with better handles. The only way I see GTJ > CJ is if his defense becomes smarter, better controlled bursts like Wesley had instead of so much “activity.” A guy like Pat Beverly harasses guys. Gets into their grill, but he has to do so given his size. For GTJ, it’s great that he’s putting in the hustle and effort and grit, but his D seems “young,” He can get to being a plus defender ... not WILL but certainly can. On O, he takes less complicated shots and absolutely should. He can get his own shot in a more straightforward way. CJ bobs, weaves, hesitates ...
They’re just so different. Trent’s O almost for sure will be a step or two below CJ. His D can go significantly higher. Trent in a couple years vs. CJ right now? CJ paid significantly more for his skills, but Trent may be worth more to winning.
EDIT: The best move CJ has to the hoop is almost unblockable. He drives hard to the right side of the hoop. He goes up wide with the ball cradled like a running back and puts it high and wide off the glass. I don’t remember ever seeing him miss it.