This is a pretty important point, and I would like to hear what others think. Have any players really improved in this area as NBA players?
My premise in this thread is basically dependent on this question.
...except Bynum and lebron were drafted at 18 and granger was drafted at 22...
That said, it's fair to say LeBron is in his prime right now.
And Bynum is probably just entering his prime. Had he not been injured so much, he would definitely be there. Big men take longer to hit their stride, and with injuries, it delays it more. But I think averaging 17 and 12 is showing that he is entering his prime.
If you are taking more than 6 years to enter your prime, you better have come in straight out of high school and had something to limit your development.
Look at JO. Only Bynum entered the league at a younger age, but in year 6, JO clearly entered his prime. Straight out of high school and was limited in Portland. But still year 6 was the time.
You aren't going to have much of a prime if you are taking longer. Considering Rudy's game and production has pretty much stayed the same since year 2, he is definitely in his prime.
He's no where near the passer that Lebron is. But he could fill up the stat sheet the way he can.
2-5 blocks any given night
4-7 assist(even though Lebron can easily have 10+ any game)
George is a weapon on defense! and at the end that is what wins championships. He can shut down the opposing teams best player. Something Lebron does. We set the Blueprint on how to stop Rose with a big fast defender!
Miami just executed it so much better.
Whats impressive about George is that he's evolving before our eyes. Would you have thought last year that he would have tied Millers 3 point record? No because his 3 point shooting last year was horrendous. But he put in work to get better. Kid is evolving his game! Can't wait to see what he's gonna look like in year 3-4.
So because Andrew Bynum is a year younger than Hibbert, he is going to be in his prime a year later, even though he entered the league 3 years earlier? Sorry, not buying it. 27 makes sense for Roy, he is going to be 27 in his 6th season in the NBA. There is that 6th season coming up again.
Your telling me LeBron wasn't in his prime when he won his two MVPs? Your telling me Kobe wasn't in his prime scoring 30ppg? Hell Shaq's prime was a decade long.
I'm sorry, it just doesn't take guys 8-9 years in the league to enter their prime.
I honestly don't see this comparison at all. LeBron is a freak. I am puzzled by anyone who compares Paul's court vision to LeBron's. I guess I can see their stat lines being similar, but their games most certainly are not.
I'll toss in my two cents on comparisions for Paul George:
PG reminds me of Scottie Pippen with a little less ball handling ability and a better jumper (from 3). Yes I know people want to say that about Granger. But Grangers game reminds me nothing of Pippen.
Last edited by Evan_The_Dude; 02-04-2012 at 06:13 PM.
I think you could compare PG to Pippen, but I don't know another player that is that tall and has the same skill and athleticism. Really needs to work on the ball handling though.
First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.
He is a streaky shooter, he does not have any go to moves, or shots. I think he has potential to be a great shooter, but he has a lot to work on to get there.
I do not think so, being the type to want to dominate someone no matter what the score is and finishing off games by being willing taking the lead of your team.
Killer instinct is not a mystical superpower, but it has to do with ability and state of mind, a lot to do with a person playing style.
Why so SERIOUS
James Jones is a spot up shooter, can not remember as much from Kerr just remembered he was a scorer.
The thing about having go to moves or go to shots is more about when your can't get space or your shot is not falling, as he experiences often. This way it helps you get back into your rhythm and all scorers have this (the go to shot).
PG plays the game a lot more different than Jones, and gets a decent amount of his shots off the dribble there for he needs to be able to have go to moves.
Why so SERIOUS