HOT TAKE: Aleksej Pokusevski will win the NBA MVP (Within the Next 10 Years)

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Re: HOT TAKE: Aleksej Pokusevski will win the NBA MVP (Within the Next 10 Years) 

Post#201 » by slick_watts » Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:04 pm

he can't shoot. his shot is flat and ugly and mechanically inconsistent. maybe it improves. but the rest of his skillset (the handle and passing, really, that's all it is) will be useless if he's a 30% 3pt shooter or worse long term. everyone wants to compare him to giannis for obvious reasons but there's only one giannis and not every lanky european without a jump shot transforms into a league mvp.
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Post#202 » by ayyayyron » Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:07 pm

Top-3 player might be a bit of a stretch, but top-10 seems fair
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Post#203 » by _qubik » Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:04 pm

slick_watts wrote:he can't shoot. his shot is flat and ugly and mechanically inconsistent. maybe it improves. but the rest of his skillset (the handle and passing, really, that's all it is) will be useless if he's a 30% 3pt shooter or worse long term. everyone wants to compare him to giannis for obvious reasons but there's only one giannis and not every lanky european without a jump shot transforms into a league mvp.


Thanks god theres just one freak wasting his potential trying to win just with physicality :lol: :lol: Giannis could be the best of two worlds, but apparently the doesnt give a **** to his fundamentals
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Post#204 » by Alatan » Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:48 pm

slick_watts wrote:he can't shoot. his shot is flat and ugly and mechanically inconsistent. maybe it improves. but the rest of his skillset (the handle and passing, really, that's all it is) will be useless if he's a 30% 3pt shooter or worse long term. everyone wants to compare him to giannis for obvious reasons but there's only one giannis and not every lanky european without a jump shot transforms into a league mvp.


You are wrong. His shot is not as bad as you described it. It does lack a bit of arc and his release is a bit low but it can be easily tweaked. He is a 84% free throw shooter with a soft touch around the rim. The kid can shoot and youl see it in a season or two.
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Post#205 » by Goudelock » Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:51 am

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Post#206 » by Infinite Llamas » Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:59 am

0-8 on 3’s. That jumper really does come and go huh?
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Post#207 » by Wargreymon » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:04 am

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Talk about cherry picking stats to lump him in with GOAT company....I don't understand the hype with this guy. Even just box score watching he isn't impressive at all. But I guess when you post a 6.8 PER as a rookie, u have MVP potential on this board.
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Post#208 » by cjmcallist » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:05 am

Scalabrine wrote:The potential is definitely there, he just need to get his body in NBA shape and stay healthy. Look at pictures of Durant, KP, Giannis when they were all rookies...

Can an OKC fan share how you guys view his work ethic?

Heard he’s a gym rat who just loves to play and loves the game. But that’s it. Nothing else really either way.

I think that says a lot - given the year these guys have had (drafted at 18, moved to Oklahoma on his own, struggled to speak English at his first press conference, can’t have his family travel to the US due to COVID, etc.).
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Post#209 » by cjmcallist » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:10 am

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slick_watts wrote:he can't shoot. his shot is flat and ugly and mechanically inconsistent. maybe it improves. but the rest of his skillset (the handle and passing, really, that's all it is) will be useless if he's a 30% 3pt shooter or worse long term. everyone wants to compare him to giannis for obvious reasons but there's only one giannis and not every lanky european without a jump shot transforms into a league mvp.


You are wrong. His shot is not as bad as you described it. It does lack a bit of arc and his release is a bit low but it can be easily tweaked. He is a 84% free throw shooter with a soft touch around the rim. The kid can shoot and youl see it in a season or two.

If you can - watch his shots pre G-League assignment and then compare them after. Not the same. Not worlds apart, but a little higher up.
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Post#210 » by UcanUwill » Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:02 am

OP made it clear in first post that his stats sucks, its not his stats that make him intruguing, even though getting 5 blocks shows promise of his potential. If you box score watching this guy, you are doing it wrong.
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Talk about cherry picking stats to lump him in with GOAT company....I don't understand the hype with this guy. Even just box score watching he isn't impressive at all. But I guess when you post a 6.8 PER as a rookie, u have MVP potential on this board.


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Post#211 » by Mickey8 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:04 am

He had good moments in the game,- all missed three point shots. He needs to drive more to the rim with the authority , good things happen when he does, its either a good look for himself or the assist to his teammates, the good thing is, he can take anyone off the dribble , guards or bigs, it doesn't matter.
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Post#212 » by Mickey8 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:23 am



Another brilliant pass at 1:04 he shows the flashes of brilliance with the stuff like that.
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Post#213 » by Stickmann » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:29 pm

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Talk about cherry picking stats to lump him in with GOAT company....I don't understand the hype with this guy. Even just box score watching he isn't impressive at all. But I guess when you post a 6.8 PER as a rookie, u have MVP potential on this board.


Box score watching ... "Don't understand the hype with this guy" yeah I wonder why
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Post#214 » by Big J » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:47 pm

He reminds me of a taller, slower footed Andrei Kirilenko. Which, considering where they got him Thunder fans should be thrilled.
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Post#215 » by Warriors Analyst » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:58 pm

Mickey8 wrote:

Another brilliant pass at 1:04 he shows the flashes of brilliance with the stuff like that.


The passing off of the dribble is what impresses me most. I saw a highlight video of Dort's first quarter explosion and found myself drooling at the passes Poku was making. He hits shooters cross court, he gets pretty close to their shooting pocket, and he can do it from absurdly creative angles. It's really special.
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Post#216 » by FinnTheHuman » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:02 pm

Big J wrote:He reminds me of a taller, slower footed Andrei Kirilenko. Which, considering where they got him Thunder fans should be thrilled.


I mean I'd be thrilled to pick AK-47 as a number one pick right now on any team tbh. Such an amazing underrated player. So if Poku is that, the Thunder future is looking bright.
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Post#217 » by meekrab » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:16 pm

Fun player, but the kid needs braces, nobody's voting those messed up teeth for MVP.
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Post#218 » by Yuri Vaultin » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:48 pm

meekrab wrote:Fun player, but the kid needs braces, nobody's voting those messed up teeth for MVP.

In a league where one guy is branded/marketed for having a nasty ass uni-brow?
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Post#219 » by Big J » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:58 pm

FinnTheHuman wrote:
Big J wrote:He reminds me of a taller, slower footed Andrei Kirilenko. Which, considering where they got him Thunder fans should be thrilled.


I mean I'd be thrilled to pick AK-47 as a number one pick right now on any team tbh. Such an amazing underrated player. So if Poku is that, the Thunder future is looking bright.


The only part that concerns me is he will never have the foot speed to be a good 1 on 1 defender like AK47 was. He’s going to get put on an island and get roasted over and over.
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Post#220 » by IronflagNZ » Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:02 am

Big J wrote:
FinnTheHuman wrote:
Big J wrote:He reminds me of a taller, slower footed Andrei Kirilenko. Which, considering where they got him Thunder fans should be thrilled.


I mean I'd be thrilled to pick AK-47 as a number one pick right now on any team tbh. Such an amazing underrated player. So if Poku is that, the Thunder future is looking bright.


The only part that concerns me is he will never have the foot speed to be a good 1 on 1 defender like AK47 was. He’s going to get put on an island and get roasted over and over.


Evidence that so many people here have not seen Poku play yet.

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