Write a profile of the player you saw play a lot
If there is one player, or a few guys, who you actually saw play a lot this season, write about his NBA potential here
Well I'm not experienced at this so:
Athleticism - Quick, can jump, uses it extremely well to penetrate the lane, combine that with agility and great strength for his rather short compact frame, you got a slasher.
Ballhandling - NOt necessarily PointGuardesque, but he'z a good secondary choice for a ballhandler. Not turnover prone, kind of like what Ray Allen does for the sonics or J-Rich does for the Warriors.
Shooting - Beautiful midrange game. Almost flawless. Is like wade in that he rises to the occasion when being guarded viciously. Master at making tough shots, laying it off the glass from 16 feet out etc. Not so sure about NBA range tho.
Fire - Just a competitive guy, with a tough, harsh childhood. Street Hungry
Defense - Great positioning, doesn't back down, gives INTENSE effort.
Passing - Not as good as college assist numbers indicate. Not fit to be a point guard, but an ideal SG instead. Court vision above average.
Size - Obvious. At 6'3.25 and without exceptional passing/pg skillz you've got yourself another one of those Arenas/Gordon guys.
Foul Trouble - Basically on defense he gambles a lot and plays a bit too tight. With the guard respecting officials these days, this could hurt him a bit.
My statistic predictions, love the guy but have to be unbiased.
Rookie - Little below 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists with very solid defense.
I'm thinking he plays on Seattle sonics, so his rebounding may be inflated due to their lack of a post prescense.
Career averages - 15/5/4/1.9 steals.
Strengths- Passing passing and passing. He sees plays before they happen and he can create a good shot for anyone on the court. Great leader and has great physical and mental toughness. Good 3 point shot although not even close to Reddick or Novak's leauge. Good at driving to the hole with great quickness and a good finisher.
Weaknesses-Had some behavioral issues in stealing labtops causing him to be suspended early in the year. Doesn't play good defense and isn't a very assertive scorer although he is capable.
Williams will be a good leader for an NBA team and maybe make one or two allstar games. He will be a franchize point guard although never a superstar.
Career averages: 12 points/8 assists/4 rebounds
Strengths - Extreme Athleticism - Not only can he jump extrememly high but far (just barely missed dunk from 3 ft behind the free throw line in college dunk contest), but Carney can also run with any gaurd in the class. Watching him play, you can tell how his mom being a track legend has helped him on the court.
Three Point Shot- His % may never be at the top of the list, but the way Carney releases the ball from the peak of his jump, often times pulling up at full-speed, his three-point shot is one of the most difficult to challenge, much less block. And once he hits a few, the other team is in for a long night.
Defense - Held Redick to 0 points in the 2nd half in the game against Duke. Also shut down Morrison in the 2nd half to clinch a victory for Memphis. HIs long wingspan and speed will help him become one of the better perimeter defenders in the league.
Weaknesses - Strength - Although extremely atheletic, his lack of strength will prevent him from getting in the lane and to the line as often as someone like Maggette.
Clutch - Often knocked for not showing up for big games, Carney tried to rid himself of the rep by a few offensive outbursts in minor games. Most of the offense came inside the 3point line too. In big games, the decision was often left to lesser players like Washington and Williams. His D was extremely clutch; his offense needs work in the crunch.
Consistency - When his jumper's on, its on. When his game is at its peak, he can run with anyone, however, Carney seems to hit spells where he's playing but never really producing anything meaningful. He needs to grow more consistent to be a real NBA player.
Prediction - Depending on how much he works on his weaknesses, Carney can become an explosive player like Richard Jefferson or J-Rich. If they never come through, Carney can still rely on his perimeter D and 3 point shot to become a nice role-player for a team like James Posey. Rookie stats: 7/3/1.5 Career stats: 14/4/3
1) Scoring ability - He can simply do it all when it comes to scoring points. Solid shooter from all areas, has a nice high arc on his jumper that is difficult to block. Has worked hard to improve the range on his shot the past few years, as he went from not being able to hit a 20 footer as a freshman to shooting 42% from 3 last season. Suprisingly moves well off the ball as he rarely stands around, always moving his feet.(which is something most NBA players fail to figure out - like the entire Knicks team)
Already has an NBA-type offensive game. When he's on a smaller, quicker guy he likes to post him up or get a mid-range shot. On a bigger, slower player he prefers to take him out on the perimeter and take the shot or drive past him. He is an excellent finisher at the basket, using a variety of layups and floaters. And when he doesn't finish them he knows the proper way to sell a foul, an artform that adds 3-4 free throws a night.
2) Mentality - The guy is simply a madman on the court. The NBA player that I would compare him to the most in that regard is Ron Artest. Never backs down from anyone that challenges, even to the point where he may be on the verge of starting a fight. Ultra intense on the court. I have seen him do everything from trashtalking opposing players to repeatedly banging his head on a basketball to bawling on the court before a game ended. This is the kind of player whose desire and dedication should never be questioned.
1) Everything but scoring - Occasionally tries on defense, but he mostly tries to preserve his energy for the offensive end. Doesn't really like to pass the basketball. Pedestrian rebounder.
If a team drafts him, it's only for his scoring. Nothing else is really worth talking about.
2) Health/Physical abilities - I really think people oversell this point to drag him down, but his Diabetes is a legit concern. But the guy has come a long way from being a relatively unknown freshman to a possible #1 NBA draft pick. He takes shots every timeout and substitution. His diet is rigid. Will probably need a personal assistant at all times on the road.
Athletically he's not elite. He's not a guy that will be able to pull off some of the moves that Wade, Kobe or LeBron can. Not a great leaper. Has a strange way of running that looks sluggish.
3) Mental standpoint - He's a different kind of guy. I think his lifelong health issues may have something to with it but he's a character. I've heard rumors on message boards (like they mean anything) saying that he is a communist, chain smoking party animal that lives on the edge. But then again most pro-athletes live on the edge, so it shouldn't be a huge problem.
He needs to be on the right team. Preferably a squad that has a clear need for scoring, like the Blazers. Charlotte would also be an interesting scenario.
If its the right squad (like the Blazers) he's a rookie of the year candidate. It wouldn't be a reach to say that he can average at least 15 a night next season. Defensively he will be pretty awful though to start off. He has a long way to go on that end of the court.
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