Originally Posted by GOBB
Improve defense how? He's guarding great Pgs night in and night out as a 20yr old. He's holding his own. All he needs to do in regards to helping his defense? Getting stronger. Once he does that he'll be good. You look across the league in terms of Pgs, its a tough position for anyone to defend.
I do agree he needs to make better decisions especially during crunch time. I think he should become a better table setter overall than he is today which is decent. If he improves this area of his game plus gets stronger? He may now be entering the discussion of top PGs in the NBA.
Interesting that you brought up his strength on the day it came in to question. When asked why he went with Turner a lot on Billups last night, Doug Collins answered "Chauncey Billups had too much strength for Jrue. I had to go with someone with more strenth defensively and that was Evan." Billups is about 20 lbs heavier so it makes sense.
I think he's still growing into his body. If you saw him on the street and he wasn't 6'4" you'd probably think he was a 16 year old kid. Doesn't look like he can grow 1 hair on his chin. Still a few years away from seeing his body's full maturation I believe but it's a fixable problem.
He weighed 185 before the draft, I'd like to see him be closer to 195-200. Guys like Billups/D. Williams/Kidd have played their careers in that 205 range and it never affected their defense in a negative way.