Originally posted by DynastyChile:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
So Ron Artest is changing his name to Metta World Peace.
ship him the f*ck out of LA, tomorrow. I hated watching him dribble enough, now i have to look at 'Peace" while he dripples off his leg?
Btw great job on Goudelock call LA, he looks like something we haven't had in......ever. a PG with range.
Whatd you got on the kid from Michigan?
I'm stoked about Morris, I didn't think he'd be there at 41.
-Possibly the "purest" PG in the draft, in terms of getting teammates involved. He dished out 8.8 APG per 40 MPG (pace adjusted), which was #1 in the country. That's especially impressive since he played in a major conference and was only a sophomore. Good on drive and dish situations.
-Big & strong for his position. He's between 6'4" - 6'5" in shoes, and a very solid 190lbs with only 5.3% body fat. He physically punishes other PGs with his size. If he gets a step on his man, he does a good job of keeping them on his hip and either getting to the basket or hitting the 10-12 footer. He does a good job of getting to the line as a result of this as well.
-High rate of improvement from last year to this year in most facets of his game. Went from 18% from 3 in his freshman year (
) to 28% this year (still
, but not as much) and from 63% to 77% on FTs, so he obviously worked on his shot. Also wasn't even much of a PG last year...they thought they might use him as a SG. He took the PG reigns this year and thrived.
-Good on the pick and roll, which Mike Brown used a lot of in Cleveland.
-Dude can't shoot. He improved, but he still has a long way to go in this area. Outside of 12-14 feet, he's very unreliable.
-I don't think he has the lateral quickness to be a good defender against PGs, although a couple of the draft writeups I've read disagree. I don't think he's gonna be able to stick with the CP3's, Westbrook's, Parker's, etc. of the world.
-He has a tendency to force passes that aren't there, turning the ball over.
-Below average athlete at the NBA level, which makes me wonder how well he'll be able to finish in the pros.
He gets compared to Andre Miller a lot. I see the comparison, but I think it's pretty optimistic. He's big, strong, has a good mid range game but he's not a 3 point threat, and has tremendous court vision. Very similar to Miller in that respect. nbadraft.net compares him to Andre Miller/Ramon Sessions, and I think Sessions is a more accurate comparison.
Here's what Chad Ford has to say about him in a write-up last month.
"...Morris has improved dramatically since high school and may be the most improved player in college basketball. NBA executives tend to love big point guards, and Morris is the biggest true point guard in the draft. That was noticeable the second we walked in the gym. Morris is a legit 6-foot-5 in shoes. He has broad shoulders and has a power game that's reminiscent of a young Andre Miller. Anyone who has watched Morris play knows he can make the spectacular pass and really knows how to run a team. The question marks are around his jump shot and his lateral quickness. While Morris doesn't possess the shooting touch of Kyrie Irving or the speed of Kemba Walker, he showed on Wednesday that he's better at both than he's given credit for (video here). While he's not an elite athlete, he's quicker with the ball than you think and shows great control with his handle. Morris also showed off a terrific midrange jumper in drills. His NBA 3-point shot was solid but still needs work. Morris has elite size and may have the best court vision of anyone in the draft. Add in his defensive abilities and a great, supportive family background, and I can see Morris sticking in the first round."
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:19:23 ]