Revenged25 wrote: babyjax13 wrote:
Anthony Davis isn't a particularly great passer and has shot under 33% from 3 for his career on less than 1 made 3 per game, but that's enough for him to him to be one of the top players in the league when you add that to his finishing and defense; he's obviously not just a stretch big. I'm guessing that for Okoro to be an elite wing in your estimation, he'd have to shoot better than Davis because he's obviously too small to have that kind of defensive impact. So like I said, what's the reason that Okoro can become some 36% three-point shooter on good volume and the other players can't other than Okoro being smaller?
As the best player on his team he has made the playoffs once. I'm not arguing that he isn't one of the best players in the league, but I just prefer wings in the draft. There is also a bigger history of wings being able to develop their shooting.
It is definitely much harder for a big to lead a team to the playoffs without other good players around him. I think Howard with the Magic was the last big to be truly dominant enough on both sides of the ball to allow a system be built around his strengths and be a contender.
A) a prime Dwight Howard type of defender is inherently less valuable today than in 2012 because teams spread the floor and shoot threes more.
B) prime Dwight Howard left quite a bit on the table offensively by insisting on posting up far more than a player of his skillset should have.
C) even if prime Dwight Howard had played a more efficient brand of offense than he actually did, it's fair to say a player who's not quite as good of a finisher or offensive rebounder but is a good three-point shooter and hits substantially more than 50% on free throws would be much better on offense.
D) Dwight Howard was a very deserving no. 1 pick in his draft and a future Hall of Famer, which is one of quite a few obvious examples of how being the best player in a particular draft doesn't mean that the player needs to be the #1 player on a championship team.