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Post#181 » by Mickey8 » Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:34 pm

If he can get stronger and put some quality mass on that frame, he's the multiple all star player at least, I mean its hard to find 7 footer being so smooth with the ball in his hands, the way he dribbles , taking not just the tall players off the dribble but the guards as well , its very impressive . When he gets stronger , his shooting will improve, those jump shots off the dribble will go in regularly , we know he can pass too. Its all about his physical development. If he's able to improve his body he will have successful NBA career. And then OKC will have to make the choice between Pokusevski or Bazley . I have noticed that Pokusevski plays very bad when he shares floor with Bazley , Bazley is the ball dominate player so he cancels Pokusevski game.
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Post#182 » by slick_watts » Sat Jul 31, 2021 1:30 pm

multiple all-star at least? huh? this guy was one of the worst players in the league, and perhaps one of the worst 1st round pick rookies ever for most of the season.

going from his rookie season, even making it to 'positive contributor' would be a big accomplishment.
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Post#183 » by bbms » Mon Aug 2, 2021 5:37 am

Pokusevski can be a very high impact player if he cleans up his shooting. There's definitely no middle ground here. From his tape I think 17th pick is about right but he definitely shown flashes of possibly ending up as one of the best players of his class.
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Post#184 » by spearsy23 » Mon Aug 2, 2021 11:27 pm

I'd caution that shooting variance is easily mistaken for potential.
“If you're getting stops and you're making threes and the other team's not scoring, that's when you're going to see a huge point difference there,” coach Billy Donovan said.
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Post#185 » by Old Man Game » Tue Aug 3, 2021 1:53 pm

I don't know enough to guess but for what its worth, Ryen Russillo a few months back on the Bill Simmons podcast when discussing Poku (he was sort of a running joke on that pod all season) said something to the effect of 'when you talk to scouts they're still super high on him. I don't see it but scouts think there's something there.'
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Post#186 » by spearsy23 » Tue Aug 3, 2021 5:41 pm

Old Man Game wrote:I don't know enough to guess but for what its worth, Ryen Russillo a few months back on the Bill Simmons podcast when discussing Poku (he was sort of a running joke on that pod all season) said something to the effect of 'when you talk to scouts they're still super high on him. I don't see it but scouts think there's something there.'

I think that makes sense to an extent. He exceeded my expectations the second half of last year. Granted, that's because of how low they were to begin with. But the things he was drafted for proved to exist, now he just has to learn how to do everything basketball related.
“If you're getting stops and you're making threes and the other team's not scoring, that's when you're going to see a huge point difference there,” coach Billy Donovan said.
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Post#187 » by nolang1 » Wed Aug 4, 2021 12:43 am

spearsy23 wrote:I'd caution that shooting variance is easily mistaken for potential.


In this case shooting variance would be reason to be optimistic on him, no? He started the season on an awful slump from three, his free throw percentages compared to his three-point percentages have always suggested a regression to the mean in a positive direction, and there have there have been plenty of other skinny teenage rookies who struggled from three (KD, Trae, etc.). He's also extra aggressive in taking them in the first place, which dampened his numbers and isn't likely to happen on a non-tanking team with better players.
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Post#188 » by Mickey8 » Sat Aug 21, 2021 2:03 am

Does anyone know if Pokusevski gain any weight or if he got some muscles , he didn't participate in the summer league, so I guess he was working on his body.

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