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Not that interested in Michael Porter. I get it- he was hurt. I still think he's a stiff. I don't think he has upper echelon athleticism. Is he a Reggie Miller type shooter? Can he take the soul to the hole like our man Jaylen?
A lot of people have MPJs ceiling as a Durant type shot creator. I see his play style in line with a Klay archetype. His jumpshot will be the weapon that sets the rest of his game up. His defensive ceiling isnt near Klay's, but offensively I see a lot of similarities.
Quote from: A Future of Stevens on April 20, 2018, 09:13:09 AMA lot of people have MPJs ceiling as a Durant type shot creator. I see his play style in line with a Klay archetype. His jumpshot will be the weapon that sets the rest of his game up. His defensive ceiling isnt near Klay's, but offensively I see a lot of similarities.I never like when big wings are compared to Durant because Durants size and length are usually under valued. Durant has admitted in interviews that he is now 6'10 1/2 without shoes making him roughly 7' tall. His wingspan was previously measured at 7' 4 1/2 and likely grew as well. Only the Greak Freak has his level of measurements on the wing. I like Rashard Lewis as a better comp for Porter Jr. I will be suprised if MPJ is a generational shooting talent like Klay Thompson.
Looking at the Cs draft history since 2014 on picks higher then 40 DA seems to hold to the following perimeters1. +4 wingspan to height2. projects as high level individual defender3. high level athletic profile for position4. little regard for 3pt shootingTatum, Brown, Rozier, Smart, Yabu, Mickey, Zizic and Semi (slightly less then +4 but close) all fall under these parameters. Smart, Yabu and Zizics athletic profile is high end based on positional strength.The only outliers since 14 are Hunter and Young. Both had the + length but not the other traits. Both represents DAs failed attempts to draft a league ready shooter.Looking at this draft I have a few prospects who hit on all of parameters who I think could be good fits on the Cs.1. Zhaire Smith, smaller wing who is an elite NBA athlete. Reports are that he has around a 6'11 wingspan. Skill set is more of a role player at this point but ceiling is super high. (likely late lottery pick)Troy Brown, 6'7 210lb 6'11 wingspan secondary ball handling wing. He was the ESPN 15th ranked recruit in his class. Had a productive Fresh year but lack of outside shot might make him slip (likely goes 14-20)3. Josh Okogie, 6'4 wide body 215lb wing with an immense 7' wingspan. Has potential as a shooter and is great at getting to the rim and drawing fouls. On D he is great over picks and creates problems for opponents with length. My draft sleeper (late 1st) 4. De'Anthony Melton, built similar to Rozier he is a combo guard who is limited on offense but potentially and elite level perimeter defender in the Beverely mold (late 1st)5. Rawle Alkins, another 6'4 wide body 225lbs with 6'9 wingspan. Physical on ball defender who needs to play better team defense. (late 1st early 2nd)
It doesn't matter how pundits and draft reports regarded Tatum's athleticism or defensive ability, Ainge clearly thought very highly of his skill set. He's clearly a much better athlete than he was expected to be, and his defense has been exceptional, considering he's a rookie. Ainge saw that in him or else he wouldn't have targeted him as he did. The countless highlight reel plays Tatum has given us this year are a testament to how underrated he was as an athlete.
This is a direct quote pulled from an SI article about the Tatum pick. "Weaknesses: Although Tatumís skill set is impressive, heís not an athlete of the highest tier, which makes it tougher to draw a direct through-line to NBA success. Tatum can fall in love with his mid-range shot at times and occasionally will take a tough look when he doesnít need to. Heís developing as a passer but isnít a playmaker with the ball in his hands, and if he doesnít work on defense, itís hard to see how heíll impact the game when he isnít shooting the ball. Tatum will have to expand his game or risk being branded a one-dimensional scoring specialist."