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    Default Re: NBA AM: The NBA Rookies To Watch

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    I would like to see OJ get some playing time, and develop into the next surprisingly good/decent/great player to be stolen in the second round (since '04: Trevor Ariza, Monta Ellis, Lou Williams, Paul Millsap, Glen Davis, DeAndre Jordan, Goran Dragic, Marcus Thornton, Chase Budinger, Sam Young, Landry Fields, Josh Selby, Isaiah Thomas). However, looking at this year's crop of players, I'd have to say that the players more likely to be "those guys" (besides OJ) out of the 2012 draft are Quincy Miller, Tyshawn Taylor, Doron Lamb, and maybe Will Barton.
    Also add Jeff Taylor and Jae Crowder to that list. The 2nd rounders this year will surprise many. Possibly Kyle O'Quinn too.

    I think Jae Crowder will be the top steal of the second round followed by Quincy Miller.

    Would have been nice to have picked Quincy Miller. He could turn into a pretty decent SF backup/starter.

    It's all good though, I really loved the Gerald Green pickup. He should be the 6th man on the team soon.
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    I'd say his lack of athleticism and speed were the main problems, but he couldn't even hit the outside J that he would just drain in college. I think OJ is gonna have the same problems, but at least his handles are better, so who really knows.

    OJ and Lance could be a even be a nice tandem down the road. Lance at point and OJ at sg. Defense might be pretty ugly though. haha
    I think OJ is a little bit of a better athlete than he was originally thought to be. He's not a freak by any means, but I think he's at least an average athlete. Adam Morrison was well below average in terms of foot speed, quickness, and athleticism.

    Also, OJ has more of a "pace" to his game. He regularly stops and goes, keeping defenders off balance. All he needs to work on is making sure his J is tight, so that he's able to rise and shoot when he has the chance.

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    Default Re: NBA AM: The NBA Rookies To Watch

    Adam may have also had problems adjusting to the NBA 3pt line...
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    So why didn't it translate for Adam Morrison?
    Slow of foot and slow release on his shot. If it was just one or the other, or if he was 6'9 or taller, he could still be effective (see Mike Dunleavy - slow of foot, quick release, 6'10" tall).

    OJ doesn't have much speed and his release isn't quick enough to make up the difference. He's like Fred Jones and that's who I project his career to be like. That's not bad at all for a 2nd round role player.

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