Old Man Game wrote:
Like, what's the best case comp? He seems like a low ceiling low floor sort of selection.
I’d argue that he actually has a high floor and would be very surprised if he doesn’t have a very productive career. He was productive in the NBL which is better for evaluating transition to the NBA than college.
Extremely High IQ, hard worker, will definitely be one of the best playmakers in the NBA. Lead the NBL in assists which is really strong league with less spacing than NBA. LaMelo struggled a lot in the NBL and put up better numbers when he got to the NBA (efficiency wise).
Albeit saying that, I don’t think he has top 20 potential. I think his ceiling is someone like Conley who may is a borderline all star guy. His athleticism will ultimately limit him from reaching a superstar level.
I think he can work really well as your 3rd best player. I see him working well in the backcourt with SGA who I would argue you don’t want as your best playmaker if you have championship aspirations. If we could get an elite scoring wing (sf/pf) and a mobile centre that would really set this team up with all the pieces it needs.