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Some may say he has elite defense, elite athleticism, and is a good shooter, but it's hard to say that with a straight face until those things actually show up on the court.
QuoteSome may say he has elite defense, elite athleticism, and is a good shooter, but it's hard to say that with a straight face until those things actually show up on the court. Actually anyone with the ability to use google and find out about his athletic ability.2017 Combine resultsSemi Ojeleye 40.50 MAX VERTICAL LEAP 5th at combineSemi Ojeleye 35.00 STANDING VERTICAL LEAP 3rd at combineSemi Ojeleye 10.5 LANE AGILITY 3rd at combine https://stats.nba.com/draft/combine/So it can be said that he has decent run and jump athletic ability because it has been empirically measured regardless of your so-called eye test. Note they did not do the bench press or make it public this year but it is a reasonable expectation given his frame and musculature that he would have done well at that.As for his offense, being a trainwreck, a lot of the bench's offense is sketchy.
The combine is fascinating, so clearly based on those numbers he is more athletic then Collins, who posted a 37 inch vert. So why is that I see Collins' athleticism translate to film, while Semi's doesn't?
Sometimes players, like Semi, train specifically for the combine which gives them numbers that exceed their on-court physical ability. That's why you have Semi outdoing the combine verticals of DeAndre Jordan (30.5), Westbrook (36.5), Blake Griffin (35.5), but what does logic tell you? I mean Sullinger even posted a higher vertical (31) than DeAndre.
It is amazing to me that Semi is such a divisive feature of the team. Who writes a guy off as trash that's a 2nd rounder playing 15 minutes per game as a rookie being praised for elite defense?
It's the constant unwarranted hype that's attracted all the negativie attention to his awful play.
I'm not hating on Semi, or hoping he fails. I want him to succeed and help the Celtics. I'm just not as high on him as you are. I'm not particularly interested in combine results or college stats anymore, those are useful when you are attempting to guess how a draft prospect might work out, but now that he is in the NBA I don't think those things are relevant anymore.
So far his defense has been okay, not elite, not great, okay.
His offensive has been horrible, not just bad shooting, but poor passing, no handle, and not in the flow of the offense.
As of right now, I think his most likely ceiling is useful defensive specialist off the bench.
He's not going to take mpg from Hayward, Brown, Tatum or even Morris. As of right now I would put him 10th on the depth chart (Irving, Horford, Tatum, Brown, Smart, Morris, Baynes, Rozier, Theis, Semi), when Hayward comes back he will be 11th.
Boston is allowing 6.1 more points per 100 possessions when Ojeleye is on the floor.Opponents are actually shooting 2.0 percent better than expected on shots that Ojeleye contests. Ojeleye is averaging just 0.5 deflections, 0.3 steals, and 0.0 blocks per game. Such statistics arenít perfect measurements, but they do tend to reflect a certain level of activity, particularly as a help defender.What is of greater concern are Ojeleyeís offensive struggles. Heís shot the ball poorly, posting meager .325/.286/.632 splits. Bostonís offense has cratered in his minutes, scoring 98.6 points per 100 possessions, a full 12.8 points worse than when Ojeleye is on the bench.The Celtics have a net rating of -8.4 points when he plays, 18.9 points worse than when he sits. It begs the dual questions of just how much time on the court Ojeleye should see, and what the teamís expectations should be for him when he plays?
I wonder what Beasley thinks about Semi's elite defense. So this is the guy some have suggested we throw on James during the playoffs? Yeah, that'll go amazingly well.One thing that I have noticed is that he doesn't seem to adjust to the offensive player and always plays off the opponent at the sane distance on the perimeter. Last night he was switched on to Lee and gave him way too much space. Following a jab-step, Lee calmly drilled a basket on Semi.
As Semi's minutes continue to diminish it's pretty clear that Stevens has lost faith in him. At this point, the best thing for him is to go down to the G-League and try to build some confidence against inferior competition. However, the problem is at the moment we have two other guys (Nader and Yabu) who aren't good enough for rotational minutes either. This is a big issue as we pretty much only have 10 players that Stevens trusts. Which is why any player missing becomes crippling and why we need to add quality roster depth with the extra roster spot and the DPE slot.