Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
i would LOVE to have granger.
Also, you think Kemba Walker is a talent level below those top 6?
He seems like ice runs through his veins and he has the talent and confidence to match.
I'm gonna give a long-winded answer.
When I watch a college player, I ask "Is he going to be able to do THAT in the NBA?"...with "THAT" being whatever his greatest skill is. In Walker's case, it's his ability to score in bunches, and do so in a way that puts so much pressure on the defense that it gives other guys opportunities that they wouldn't otherwise have.
If the answer's no, I ask "Do they have the physical tools that give them a natural advantage over their opponents?" Reason being, those physical tools will start to turn into major advantages IF that player learns how to play the game.
In Walker's case, I think the answer to both of those questions is no. Will he be so difficult to single cover on the next level that he'll demand the extra attention of a second player in the NBA? Will an NBA coach build his offense around Kemba Walker having the ball in his hands for large portions of the game? I don't think so. And regarding his physical tools, there's nothing about him that stands out on the next level. In fact, he's probably a little subpar when it comes to PGs these days.
All of that is with the caveat that he may not have had the opportunity to exhibit PG skills in college due to the role he needed to fill on his team. The same could be said of Jimmer Fredette, and that's the main reason that I was wrong on Stephen Curry. If either Fredette or Walker have solid PG skills the way that Curry does, they'll have very nice careers. Otherwise, I don't see them being anything more than a spark plug off of the bench.