yoyoboy wrote:Yeah I've been low on him since I first saw his highlights a couple years ago. He's like Brandon Ingram with significantly worse athleticism and physical measurements/strength. Perfect example of a dude who developed early and dominated the competition but now looks a lot less appealing after everyone else around him has caught up.
I thought so, too, and I'm not still not extremely high on him. But I will say that I could see him being an elite shooter – something that would clearly separate him from Ingram. I was also positively surprised at his ability to feed his big men on the drive which makes his upside as an on-ball creator much more appealing. Also, I wasn't in love with his shtick to flex or celebrate after every decent play in HS but I'm less concerned by it now that I've seen him do similar stuff after good plays of his teammates, which at least shows that he's not only playing for himself.
Still, there are obvious concerns that remain. First and foremost, he has ways to go to be even average defensively and I think odds are close to zero that he'll ever be a notable positive on that end with his lack of length, strength and (currently at least) prioritization of offense. And then on offense, I'm not sure I see a clear path for him to becoming elite. He'd have to either develop into a primary playmaker or find a way to also dominate around the rim – and neither of that seems very likely. Still, I do believe he has a clear path to being a really good offensive player in the NBA with some on-off-ball versatility and being at least not so bad defensively that he'll constantly be hunted, and that's worth a lottery pick as far as I'm concerned. In what range remains to be seen, though.