thebirdman wrote:I think Nesmith`s problems on defensive end are really overstated. Javonte who started one game lost his man 50 % of the time on defense and he is supposedly a good defender...
Sure, Nesmith had a few blunders but I though he looked OK defensively. When plays break down he thinks on the court doesnt just blindly do what he was assigned. His defensive awareness is 10x better than R.Williams his rookie year, which doesnt say a lot but still...He is very active, has the length and IMO will be a solid defender in his career.
On offense he will start knocking shots down sooner rather than later. It would be great if he played more minutes with the starters and if we ran a play or two for him coming off screens...
Javonte isn't a good defender, people just assume that because he's athletic and lengthy.
Nesmith has fine defensive awareness, I'd say. Just a matter of cleaning up his positioning habits, and coaching a few bad habits out of him, specifically cheating with his length for steals or blocks. He's always been a long 2-guard so he has a tendency to reach in.
I think RealGM fans, regardless of fanbase, significantly overestimate the extent to which coaches are holding back their poor future All-Stars by not playing them. Nesmith should be fine. Right now, opposing teams want to attack him, and if his fundamentals aren't there, he's gonna be vulnerable. Best nip that in the bud and build good habits and prove he can do it in practice early. At least the kid doesn't need to learn how to shoot the damn ball like some other recent draftees. I'm sure he'll be fine.
playa-hater wrote:so much this. But overstated or not, he needs to PLAY/EXPERIECE to learn. Plus when you play. makes mistakes, you can look at film the next day and learn what to do different/better.
If you are not playing, what film do you look at??
The coaches watch them play all day long. Its only us fans who have the games to go off of.