wrote about quickley getting underrated last month so i guess his name finally made it to this thread
i'm much higher on him than most though
Why, though? He's not going to be a ball-handler at the next level. He's a small relocation C&S guy. He doesn't provide much value. He likely doesn't get much bigger.
my approach to evaluating players has always held a strong bias towards players with high floors versus low ceilings. why? because statistically most players don't get a contract beyond their rookie contract. if a franchise can consistently draft people who can play beyond their first contract, then they've now got an asset. it's a boring approach, and while the perception is that you're more likely to miss out on superstars like the next giannis, i don't really think it misses at a significantly less rate than any other approach since most people strike out in the draft to begin with. i would prefer it if teams drafted a lot of high floor/low ceiling guys in the late first round.
for quickley, his floor for me is shooting. 40% from 3 and 90% from the line. want to make a coach happy? hit 3's and make all your free throws. not a great defender? doesn't matter in today's game. i think he has the offensive toolset to get minutes. he's quick enough and has the ball handling skills to get anywhere he wants. he's young enough to build strength and weight. i don't see why his overall game can't get better either.
so why wasn't he more successful this year? i think calipari had less than an ideal team this year imo with no true playmaker and a combination of players that honestly had too many redundant skills at the same position. quickley, maxey, and hagans is kind of a blessing and a curse for any coach. the game won't be pretty or efficient but there's enough talent alone to win games and that's exactly what they did.
what are the things i expect people to say he needs to work on? weight, strength, finishing at the rim? ok. he's young and has room to grow. maybe add more to his offensive game by creating shots off the dribble? well he has the mechanics to do it, just needs the reps. i mean, if he does at least these two things, i feel like it's not unreasonable that we could see a jeff teague 2.0. (actually really hope this happens. loved jeff teague at wake forest)