Jon1798 wrote:Can someone explain to me how Markell Fultz isn't De'Angelo Russell? They look like the same exact player to me.
They are very similar to a degree. Both DAR and Fultz imposed their will and dominated college basketball; this caused them both to be bigly overrated.
DAR, however, is a scavenger and not an alpha hunter. This allows him to be a bust yet somewhat functional role player. Fultz will be boom or bust. Fultz has an alpha hunter game yet I don't think he is good enough for that game to translate. Fultz will not be able to be a solid role player.If he cannot TOTALLY impose his will I don't see him finding a niche. Best case is Fultz is Lillard. Most likely case is Fultz busts.
Jackson is the safest player in this draft by miles.
Jackson is very unsafe in my own mind because he isn't going to be an elite defender, he isn't going to be a great offense initiator and I have grave reservations about his shooting. He looks like a glue guy, 4th best player on a great team type, poor man's Iguodala to me.
I disagree that Fultz's best case is Lillard because of his production and efficiency at a young age as well as a much better physical frame. I think his best case is closer to Wade/Harden but who knows if he'll reach his ceiling.
History of the top pick is very few non-injury busts amongst players who played college ball. There's Anthony Bennett but he was an out of left field pick in a historically weak Lottery (no All-Stars or even near All-Stars yet) - Michael Olowokandi was the last bust who met those criteria back in 1998.