keevsnick1 wrote:The Comedian wrote:keevsnick1 wrote:
24 people make the all star teams, and Jaylen was getting serious buzz with several high profile media members having him on their team this year. To me that makes him pretty much already a top 30ish player. To me his upside is a top 15 player, all NBA level guy. As much as I like him I don't see him being an MVP level guy, most of those guys are obvious by the time they are in their 4th year, but second tier star status in the 10-20 best player range at his peak seems possible to me.
A few media members did pick him, but he was 11th and 13th amongst eastern conference guards in the players and media members vote.
That said, I believe they sold him pretty short, as do advanced stats, they hate him for some odd reason that I can’t figure out. I’d have him as a top 40ish player right now personally, but there’s not a huge difference between top 30 and top 45 IMO. But like I said, either way we’re looking at a very good player.
Ya I suppose thats a fair point, the like 25-50 player in the nba are separated by a lot less than people think, enough that having an outlier season can move somebody around significantly within that bubble.
Buts thats also kind of my point, if you dont think there's much difference between 30 and 45, and you think Jaylen is currently in that tier, then its weird to me to say you see his ceiling as a top 30ish player because that means you believe he's already pretty close to his ceiling. But maybe we just define ceiling differently.
Frankly what matters more to me is he's the perfect player for where the NBA is going. While some guys lose value in the playoffs because they can't defend, or arent great shooters, or are one dimensional brown arguably actually gains value because he can guard almost anybody, can shoot, but can also do stuff off the dribble. Really the passing will determine whether he takes it to the next level. Him and Tatum are a perfect paring, because you can build the team around them in an almost infinite number of ways.
I love Jaylen, even more as a person than as a basketball player. I just wonder about his basketball iq limiting what he can become. But as I’ve said all season, I won’t rule out anything with him, since his work ethic is legendary.