crows2 wrote: cgf wrote:
He’d want to cut down on turnovers if he’s ever going to be a plus playmaker. Currently has a TOV% of 22%.
Let's see where things stand when the season ends. Because of that bike crash he only started moving like himself a few games ago, and we just saw Stanford put him in a significant on-ball role for the first time last night. Judging him on his #s to this point would be completely pointless.
Plus he's a lot smarter than Knox. Thibs & Julius may still turn Kevin into a functional rotation player in the NBA, but he'll always be an airhead. Ziaire's a smart kid who is adapting to a new level and his intelligence is palpable when you watch him.
Fair enough but I’m not talking about intelligence, I’m looking at mental fortitude. From what I’ve seen so far (in high school and college) he lacks what it takes mentally to fulfil his potential. Early to judge though as you say.
I've only seen clips of his play in HS so can't comment on that, and I don't think we've seen nearly enough yet to judge his mental fortitude at the college level. So you may well be completely right. That said, if he builds on this last game like I'm hoping he will, I would feel a lot more confident in him than I was in Knox or even Reddish...whom I liked a lot more than Kevin & haven't given up on becoming a high-end role player in his prime.
I don't have a strong opinion on his mental fortitude yet...but what he has shown so far, has generally been positive (IMO) & feels like one of the biggest differences between him & reddish to me; since I do think Cam is a smart kid too, he's just not assertive enough to be more than a role player.
Despite how limited Williams was physically to start the season -- because of both the injury itself & the giant knee brace he had to wear until their extended break -- and the supporting role he had in Stanford's offense before the Wills & Davis injuries; the kid seems to have just kept putting in the work to adjust to this new level of competition & carve out his place.