vincecarter4pres wrote:I'd just like to talk more about Devin Vassell. Or really just ask some questions and express some concerns on him and hear you guys talk about him.
I haven't kept up with college B-ball this last shortened season, so a lot of what I'm basing stuff off of, is scouting and highlight vids of all these guys and the main thing I keep coming back to with Vassell is:
Is his first step just tragically bad, or is it more so his undeveloped, sloppy raw handle?
And if it is mainly his tragic first step, is it something that has potential to improve when he improves his body and conditioning? Because he is a fluid athlete, but there's a serious lack of explosion with the ball, that Imho isn't just his handle, he just doesn't have true burst from a standstill on the perimeter. I have thought the same of some players in the past, like Jamal Murray and even Bradley Beal for example, but not to this extreme for a guy whose such a lauded prospect.
I see Paul George comparisons, and I understand we're talking ceiling and just style of play, but I see someone much more Danny Green in the league. There's nothing wrong with that. Prime Danny Green was an ace defender, great shooter, solid in transition and I was always stunned he was slept on so much going into the draft and that he was passed around so much his first few years in the league.
But I'm just trying to understand, is he a lot more Anthony Morrow with some solid D and transition ability(Morrow had concrete feet, which was exposed on D, so I'm not relating that aspect), or is he maybe slightly shorter small forward Sonics, Rashard Lewis in the making?
I get this guy doesn't need to have Kyrie playground handles, or a ridiculous Dwayne Wade first step to eventually be a high level starter, maybe multiple time All Star, but if he's a guy who can literally not even get past Vucecic on a switch with the ball in his hands because he has the explosion of Zach Randolph on the perimeter and can't dribble the ball more than once in a straight line without bouncing it off his foot, he's going to be targeted on traps all the time in crunch time situations and be a walking turnover.
I keep coming back to Otto Porter:
Young Sophomore with thin/weak frame, below average to terrible first step and explosion... But 3 & D prototype that rebounds well. And while neither rack up assist, they both make the right pass (Hockey assist) and Never turn the ball over. In a game that values leadership, defense, and possessions, players like Vassell and Porter always matter more than people think.
Otto flamed out because of injuries, but dont lose site that at 23 y/o he put up 15 & 7 on a TS of 63% and elite team defense. There were serious debates about whether Otto or Beal was the better young prospect.
One issue he always had was his complacency with being a role player and not demanding more shots. But looking back on that season, you see some ridiculous games.
Boston: 34 / 14 / 4 / 3 / 3 with zero turnovers on only 19 shots
I think Vassell is actually a bit more assertive and vocal than Otto, so that could benefit him a bit as well.