monopoman wrote:Dupp wrote:monopoman wrote:
Tell that to every other GM in the NBA at the time except one, and to every journalist in the time when 95% of them though Oden was better. KD was a skinny kid when he entered the league that couldn't bench press 185 pounds once.
Many GMs are wrong a lot of the time. Luka just went 3rd and he couldn’t have been more well known.
If the bench press thing came into consideration it just shows how inept a lot of gms are. You don’t need to bench press a ball. Like kd said himself he couldn’t lift **** and proceeded to smoke everyone on the court.
What was more important and relevant was his length and skill at his size.
Plenty of NBA players have underwhelmed due to lack of strength KD worked on that aspect of his faults as time went on. You look at pictures of the KD before he played 1 NBA game and now and it's like night and day. Trust me if he would have stayed in the same physical mold he would have been nowhere near as good as he is now.
KD more recently:
KD as a Sonic:
Guys that lack upper body strength usually get bullied around, KD realized that and bulked up.
Of course he was never gonna stay like that though he was kid. Everyone in the league fills out. He’s still insanely long and skilled which is what Portland should have focussed on.