clyde21 wrote:Duke4life831 wrote:clyde21 wrote:
yea, the efficiency is an issue, I don't think RJ is ever gonna be an efficiency monster at the NBA level by any stretch, but also I think he's a bit better than he showed at Duke...just wasn't a great fit with him. I've mentioned this before, but his FG %s actually went up during that stretch Zion got hurt.
I think RJ definitely took a hit just like Zion did because he just like Zion had 0 room to breathe when he tried to attack the basket. So I definitely think with more room to breathe he should be more effective attacking the basket. His FG% did go up without Zion, but his overall efficiency was still an issue, 23% from 3 and 57% from the line. But ya he did see a 10% boost from 53% to 63% inside the arc. I think he can be a 56-58 TS% type of guy.
completely agree there, he's a 20+ ppg scorer on ~56 TS efficiency in the NBA which is good, add in the rebounding and his ability as a secondary ball handler and I don't see how he's not an all-star at some point in the near future
But what’s your ceiling if that guy is leading your team in usage? That’s essentially peak DeRozan, who is an all-star but not leading anyone to a title. I think RJ can be a bit better than that, but personally I’d still bet on his shooting and decision making concerns preventing him from being the kind of wing to be the man on a contender. Not to mention lacking the defense of PG and Kawhi. And if he’s not that, I don’t think he has the skill set or mentality to be a high-impact supporting player.
You can probably make a similar argument about players in Ja’s archetype, but I can more easily envision Ja making players around him better and coexisting with a scoring wing (a-la Durant and Westbrook, and idc what anyone says they were absolutely good enough to win a title together). We’re starting to see the PG position become back in vogue with Fox and Young, and if you told me Ja would essentially be on their level I’d take that over RJ.