getrichordie wrote: bbms wrote:
ThunderBolt wrote:I watched a Ty Jerome highlight video today. It was the most unimpressive thing I’ve seen since Batman vs Superman. There was literally a highlight of him losing a jump ball to harden. I don’t put much weight in highlight videos. I just found it amusing.
His upside is a Mike Muscala type, IMO.
What I mean by that: terrible-looking NBA player that when you look at his advanced +/- he is decent.
I mean, we are willing to gift Maledon a starting role when he has same weaknesses on offense as Jerome. Maledon is a bit bigger but other than that, they are both capable ball-handlers who have good feel on offense and project to shoot well and pass it well. They aren't sexy by any means, but they provide a little bit of everything on offense and I think that's fine next to a budding SGA. The big difference is that Jerome is a better defender now.
There is a difference between "willing" and "expecting". I am not willing to anything, neither making suggestions to Mike D. I am just discussing expectations and collect new info so I can get a larger picture of where the Thunder is as a franchise right now.
I don't think Maledon should be "gifted" a starting role. Because that is the tanking blueprint: take a promising promising player with no NBA tape, make an acritical assumption on his potential future, "gift" him a role based on his potential and not actual ability, drive him to a likely losing situation, waste potential, suck, suck, and then suck some more.
I don't want this team to tank. I want this team to play in this rebuilding process with the best team possible, and not avoiding wins. I think everyone should be allowed to compete for a starting position. Maledon and Jerome included. What I would be willing to do is to allow an intra-roster bloodbath competition between the 2nd and 3rd string SF for minutes.
Onto the expectations part: Maledon and Jerome have similar levels of experience and similar scouting reports. I believe Jerome has a slight competitive edge over Maledon, because of language, and one season in the NBA environment (even if not a good one). But I don't expect a 23-year-old sophomore to become much better than he currently is. I want Jerome to be the next Steve Nash! But the universe doesn't care about what I want.