Re: Young Guns
posted at 7/25/2010 11:27 AM EDT
bradley may be a beast on defense, but there are a lot of things standing in his way to being a contributor next year.
- he'll only be able to guard pg's & smaller sg's since he's slightly built at 6'3", 180 lbs
- rivers has a mistrust in rookies, let alone a point guard rookie
- he's not going to get many calls in his favor as a rookie, limiting his defensive aggressiveness
- he has an inconsistent jumpshot beyond midrange
- he doesn't shoot free-throws well
harangody played terrifically in summer league. unfortunately, there wasn't much talent at the orlando league versus the las vegas league where the competition level was a little higher. but he did fill up the stat sheets consistently while at notre dame so hopefully that carries over. he's got better range on his shot than big baby but i wonder if he'll be able to guard 4's and 5's in the post like baby can or more athletic 3's and 4's on the outside which baby is surprisingly pretty good at. during summer league the one thing he proved he can't do is operate down low in the post offensively...he relied mainly on a quick jumphook on the low block and not much else. like baby, he won't be able to out-jump anyone when surrounded down low, two feet from the basket.
erden actually surprised me with this athleticism...he looked pretty fluid in the 2 games i saw him in summer league. he showed some aggressiveness on both ends of the floor and he shot his free-throws with a nice touch. naturally, you put him against nba talent and he'll probably wilt like a flower at this point so i don't think he'll contribute much this year but maybe he'll develop down the road.
the big center on the summer league team, parakhouski, certainly meets the eye-test...that dude is well built! he grabbed a lot of boards and played with some tenacity. i think he deserves a better look as does deshawn sims, an athletic foward.