when we first signed him for basically nothing, a guy who was lottery pick talent just a couple years ago I thought to myself "could be our blatche?"
alot of times when guys are on bad teams they develop bad habits...put him in a winning situation with solid veteran leadership, maybe he can grow and mature
he certainly has showed so far he has Skills
Exactly what I think as well - as a perfect example just take a look at Sacramento. Team constantly gets high lottery picks, and their players always seem to turn out dissapointments. Guys with super-high talent levels, that just don't realise that potential.
* Robinson (who just got traded out)
Look at Washington and the same thing seems to happen. Look at Blatche, Crawford, McGee, etc.
It seems it takes a special type of rookie with very special maturity levels (like John Wall) to be able to come out and realise their potential on bad teams like that. These guys tend to be mature enough to not really need a 'leader' to give them guidance. The majority of rookies do need that veteran presence though, and they seem to suffer from going to bad teams.
McGee is a case of a guy who literally has horrific basketball IQ and just has no idea what he's doing, but I think mostof those other guys would be different players if they went to a team like Boston, the Spurs, Lakers, Heat (etc) where you have either players or coaches who are great leaders.
For example, if Tyreke went to one of those teams I'd hazard a guess that he would be an All-Star (or borderline All-Star) by now.
Looking at Terrance Williamsfrom what I've seen his overall numbers (per minute) suggest he's the type of player who could put up 18/5/5 type numbers, and guys with that type of numbers are usually very good starter in the NBA. I'm talking Igg / Brandon Roy / Tyreke type numbers.
Hell if he gets his head on straight he may even end up a Penny Hardaway type player - a big guard with the handles and court vision of a PG, the athleticism and scoring ability of a SG, and the rebounding and size of a SF.
Everything depends on whether his head get into it, becuase seeing him play yesterday impressed me - he seems extremely smooth out there with very good ball handling skills and excellent decision making. He played like it was about the team before him, and I love that
To be honest I was dissapointed during the offseason when I heard we didn't resign Marquis. I thought he was a really valuable player for us last season, even if he didn't put up fancy numbers. He was just a steady veteran who always played his role well - good ball handler, decent rebounder, good defender, athletic, tough and a guy who could play three positions (PG, SG, SF) equally well.
With T-Will I feel like we have picked up a younger, better version of Marquis. Honestly I think there is going to be some point in this season (or in the playoffs) where he is going to become a key piece to this team.
Crawford is a mixed bag. He is very quick and clearly can score, but he looks very raw. He looks maybe a bit eager out there, and probably needs some time in a veteran rotation to calm him down and get him used to working in the flow of the game. On the plus side he does look to have very high energy - he seems to rarely stand still and is always moving. I see him right now as being very much like a raw version of Leandro Barbosa - similar skill set, but without the veteran polish. I think he's a projet who is capable of producing right now, but his future potential is where the real interest lies.
One thing is for sure - if we keep these guys and they prove productive for us, then we are going to have a LOT of young talent that we can potentially package for a nice player in the offseason at the very least.
Another sure thing is that our team just got a lot younger - to my knowledge Wilcox, Pierce, Terry and KG are now the only guys on this team who are over 28.
We are a very athletic team who has sudently got a lot more scoring talent not just for now, but for the future. I am intrigued with this team right now.