Originally posted by crzy:Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:Originally posted by crzy:
Hope Perry Jones falls to the Dubs
biased against SF/PF tweeners but you're not scared of a possible Anthony Randolph 2.0? bold.
at least Jones seems like he could turn into that to me if he doesn't step his game up
Yeah, but at pick 11, it's a risk worth taking, since he's a top 5 talent in this draft.
If the Warriors get lucky and get a top 3 pick, then the concerns about picking a tweener are more valid.
This draft is extremely weak outside of the top 5.
I don't even think he's a tweener, personally. I think he's a legit PF in terms of size.
As far as Randolph goes, his problem isn't his ability...it's in his head. It's tough to know that sorta thing about a guy if you're not around him. So comparing a player's talent to Anthony Randolph is a compliment, IMO. That's not to say that Jones isn't also a headcase, but that's where AR's problem truly lies.
As I've said before, the draft is the one place where any team can find a true superstar, so I think it's imperative that you take a guy if he has the talent to be one. Jones does. If you look at what future superstars were when they were coming into the league, some huge physical advantage is the most common thread.
Kobe - athletic freak
LeBron - athletic & physical freak
Shaq - athletic & physical freak
Durant - freakish length relative to his perimeter skill set
Howard - athletic freak
Garnett - athletic freak and freakish length
Rose - athletic freak
Dirk - freakish length/size relative to his perimeter skill set
Wade - athletic freak
The exceptions to this are pretty few and far between, and they're usually guys that took a while to develop (Nash), or guys that were so polished that everyone knew they'd be great. (Duncan)
Jones has superstar talent. There have been plenty of guys that have had that but didn't become one...but there are few superstars that didn't have that clay to work with from Day 1.
So IMO, you can't let a guy like that drop too far, even if he has "bust" potential. It's a chance to acquire a superstar.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Mar 25, 2011 at 13:28:13 ]