RiotPunch wrote:getrichordie wrote:I still don't understand Jalen Smith getting this much love. Can someone please sell me on him and what his role in the NBA is? Would rather have Tillman, Richards, or Oturu. No one has talked about him. Feels like people are just going to tankathon and then voting based on that
Full disclosure, I have not cast any votes for him yet, but I do feel like I am one of the more Pro-Jalen guys on here (he's fluctuated from ~20-40 on my BB).
I watch a sickening amount of Big Ten basketball as I am a diehard Badger fan, and I would rank the conference bigs as follows:
1. Xavier Tillman
2. Jalen Smith
3. Kaleb Wesson
4. Luka Garza
5. Daniel Oturu
What makes Jalen #2 for me is his modern NBA toolbox. He is a good rim-protector, can knock down shots from long range both off PnP and off of movement, good rebounder (specifically good offensive rebounder), explosive leaper and lob target. High character, plays hard, unselfish. I actually saw him live this past year, and he was clearly the best player on the floor (which isn't saying much playing against my Badgers). He can be a little stiff moving laterally, but I've also seen him hang when switched onto guards. He can't handle for **** or create for himself, that's not the type of player he is.
Probably would do best in a drop scheme with a skilled PnR handler on offense, but could certainly see Myles Turner/Dewayne Dedmon-ish outcomes for him. Worth a 1st for the right squad, IMO.
Oturu is a low-feel black hole, stay away. Poor man's Kabengele.
I appreciate the insight.
II just can't see Oturu being the worse fit in the NBA. Garza and Wesson are good college players, sure, but Oturu beats them out with decent ability to defend in space (better than Smith IMO) and he can also stretch the floor. Oturu's #s aren't far off from Smith's and he did it as the highest usage player on his team. Maryland's team shared the ball a bit more where as in Minnesota, Oturu and Carr were the #1 and #2 options on their offense. Also, it is important to note that Minnesota had the 72nd hardest schedule in the country. Maryland? 192nd. Big difference there.
I don't foresee Oturu being anything close to a #1 option on offense so I think that mitigates a lot of his weaknesses. And I just think he has the better NBA body and looks better on the perimeter in space. Smith might have been a little better in college, but I think his 3-ball is getting him a lot of hype and is overshadowing his glaring weaknesses.
vs. top 143 competition
38.8% 3-pt shooter on 49 attempts (almost 2 a game)
48-125 on far 2s
71.8% at the rim
22% DRB rate
11% ORB rate
... on 28% USG
40% 3-pt shooter on 80 attempts (more than 3 per)
15-51 on far 2s
70.2% at rim (131 attempts)
25% DRB rate
11% ORB rate
... on 23% USG
Also according to ValueAdded, Oturu's adjusted O + D is better than Smith's.