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I just want to talk about certain players of what their comparisons are.
We're gonna be talking about Frank Lucchino.
We're gonna talk about Knox and D S J Maybe some other guys to we're gonna doing doing this all of the top of the head.
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They were just gonna do something different today because, you know, I've been trying trying to get this out for the longest time, and this is I just want to talk about Frank Knox and D.
There comparisons because, you know, development, development, development.
But at the same time this players in this league that are in their class or in their, um you know, the draft class or in there just, um, immediate, like their peers or whatever that arms then we could have gotten or the other teams have their like like if these guys were so good that they would just be those guys already.
I'm tired of waiting all these years.
You know, these guys, they're young, understand the other.
But there appears a young too.
You wanna talk about Donovan Mitchell, Donovan Mitchell on the and these guys around the same age, man 25 or whatever.
If you could go, if you went to the high, could go to high school with somebody, and then you guys are basically the same age, right? You know, like if somebody's, like, like, 30 right, and you're playing with somebody that's 34.
You guys went to, went to high school together.
You know, you guys play you together, you know, you got even further.
You go to college is a grown person Just because you're in college, that doesn't mean that you're not in there with people that are there are different age groups, you know, like when I when I first started going to school, almost blew it blew my mind.
I'm 20 years old and I'm in the class, and the guy in the class was 30 years old.
I'm like, Wow, 30 years old.
It was, like, the oldest person I've ever seen in school, you know? But it's still your peers, you know.
So that's the whole point I'm getting at here with this podcast.
So we're just gonna get right into it, gonna do some screen sharing, and we're gonna start off with the first guy.
The elephant in the room is, um, Frank Neil Akina.
So I got the screen popped up here, so I'm just showing I'm gonna be using basketball reference like crazy on this on this episode.
So that sort of thing with Frank, man, he's supposed to be a defensive guy.
Allegedly, he was a point guard at one point.
Like right now, I don't wanna talk about him being a point guard.
He's not a point guard at this point.
He's just a basketball player, you know, But let's let's dig further into into his stats or whatever.
So on this is just This is just him here.
His on his That's the last couple of years you wanna talk about.
Let's just put it together just to give it Give it a broader perspective for three years in the NBA, Um, six points per game.
Uh, you know, 60.
He's supposed to be a defensive guy, right? Okay. Assists.
Three assists a game, two rebounds a game.
Uh, free throw percentages is fine.
86% which is good from last year.
So that shows that he's improving his because every year he's gotten better in that.
But everything else is not really improving.
Look at the in field goal percentage.
Field goal percentage efficiency went up to 45% so that's pretty good.
Uh, two point percentage went up to 44% from eight from 38 37%.
1% is you know, it's like hit and miss with him, because I mean 31% 28% and 32%.
That means that you can't really shoot.
You know what I'm saying? But you're not.
You're not at the league Average league average.
I want to say it's about 36 or 35 so he's got to get that percentage up, you know, especially for his position.
Field goal percent is it is just atrocious man, 30 in the thirties, 36 33 39.
This is somebody that's bigger than everybody.
He has lost super long arms and stuff like that, so he should be able to finish.
You know, the little jump shots to step back, jump shot said.
That's what drives me so crazy about him because he's not aggressive, somebody with that.
With that length in his arms and just the height of him, he dominates.
Everybody could see where everybody said they can't get the ball from him because his arms along, you know? So So what is the problem with him finishing a two basket, he should be able to like everything is so tight with him.
Like even when he was just on the jump shot, shooting jump shots like this.
You know when when he makes a layup, he still does the underhand layup stuff and off the wrong foot layup.
He should just be going up strong.
Every single time because they can't stop him.
He's athletic. And Longman.
He should be stretching out, stretched to the rim and laying right up at the rim.
So, you know, here's here's the thing here.
Thio 20 minutes a game, basically 21 minutes a game he's been averaging for his career.
All right, so you you want to talk about that? But he's not getting no minutes.
You know, I'm I'm a big fan of 36 minute per because it doesn't tell the whole story, but it tells a little bit of the story.
If you played 36 minutes a game, he will beginning about 10 points a game.
Uh, the block still don't go up is a half a block.
Okay, for somebody with his lengthen reputation as a defensive player, you would think that that number would be up. Steals.
That was last year for the last three seasons, 1.4.
That's That's kind of like mediocre for, for for his position.
You know, the year before he averaged on 1.2 steals.
That's mediocre for his position.
Um, well, let's do this assistance.
About five assists.
Rebounding is 3.7.
Like I said, as long as he is and then as good of a defensive player that he is, he should be in position to get rebounds.
7 rebounds to me is lazy.
For somebody that hit off his size.
You should be getting a lot more rebounds than that is not aggressive.
You know, I'm saying if he's so good a defense, that means that the offensive player can't get a rebound because he's in front of them, right? My read Iran.
He should be able to get these rebounds because he's taller than everybody.
His arms are longer than everybody's.
Just go down the line todo everything here. You could see those numbers.
You know, those numbers are gonna change this for 36.
So I mean, even if you wanna make the argument, the more administrator that he would get these numbers, they're not gonna get any better, you know, because it's temperament.
His temperament is just not, You know, that's not That's not good.
So we're gonna keep talking about Frank here, so I'm just gonna scroll back up.
Let's just go to his draft class.
This is where it gets crazy as far as Knicks fans, man.
Because like, uh, if I got my kids in the background yelling the screaming Saturday morning, guys, So anyway, this is where Frank was picking.
Frank was picked at eighth, right? So you've got Dennis Smith Jr.
You know he was right.
Picked right after him with a lot of people thought that we should have got Dennis Smith Jr right after.
But here's the people that we should have gotten.
That's the guy we should probably should have gotten.
That's the A number one and then, you know, you know, forget about everybody else.
Mostly everybody else is just like like, small forward to power forwards.
A lot of good players in this draft.
But you know, the elephants are Dennis Smith, Uh, Donovan Mitchell and, um and, uh, Malik Monk now Dennis Smith Jr.
He went to Dallas.
You would think that would have been a good spot, but they went, you know, they didn't really develop him over there.
They don't really have a good development team.
They they like to draft, um, European guys and they never develop those European guys.
Fast forward to them getting, um, Luca Luca is the star.
He's already like a star.
So they need just forgot about Dennis from junior.
So you wanna talk about destroying, um, confidence? If they if they would have drafted, frankly, Latina eso friendly Latina.
I feel like nothing affects him, you know? So everything that has to do with his development is all him.
You know, I'm saying so.
I think frankly, Latina would have been in a better spot if you went to Dallas.
Because hindsight's 2020 they still were able to draft Luca.
Frank will be perfect next to Luca, you know, as a starting from shooting guard for them.
You know, with with Luca basically playing point guard over there, you know, you start Frank and, uh, and Tim Hardaway Jr.
That's if everything played out the same same kind of way because, like, you know, once you start messing with time, travel in the multi verse and stuff like that, things start, you know, there's a ripple effect with things, but, you know, we just we just playing, you know, quote unquote devil's advocate for all this stuff, man. So it is another player.
Um, Malik Monk Malik Monk went to Charlotte and then, you know, they buried him.
Basically, they went and got, you know, rosier.
And then they had the other guy, Um Washington, Uh, what's the What's the name of the point guard? I can't.
I can't I can't think of it right now.
But anyway, they win.
And God, guys, the play ahead of him, They have shooting guards.
They got Macon on.
Was it bacon over there? They got bacon, a couple other guys as well to on that team.
So where do you play Malik Monk now? Fast forward.
You know, I mean, rewind.
If the Knicks were to draft Malik Monk given, give him the opportunity that we gave Frank a Latina monk would have flourished, in my opinion, because Monk doesn't lack confidence.
So if if there's minutes to be to be, um, to be grabbed and it's for him for him to take, you know, then, um I think Malik Monk would have would have seized the opportunity, and his career wouldn't be the way that it is.
Now, you know, I'm not gonna click this thing, you know, because you know he hasn't really done anything.
Really had, like, a little piece that he doesn't did well.
But we found out that he was doing and performance enhancing drugs because he had an injury trying to get back from injury so that that's no hero there.
But then, you know, also Donovan Mitchell.
I mean, you look at those draft tapes and stuff like that.
You're looking at the like, What were they thinking? They just start, Um, you know, Phil Jackson just start triangle and that's it.
And Donovan Mitchell was there.
But you can't just give it all to fill because Dallas, Sacramento, Charlotte, Detroit with with Luke Kennard.
Oh, my God, all these guys passed up Donovan Mitchell.
So a lot of guys were sleeping at the wheel with Donovan Mitchell.
Maybe they thought that he wasn't gonna be a point guard or whatever.
You know, these MBA scouts? A lot of people like to like to give them too much props, but these NBA scouts don't know what the **** they're talking about either, you know? So that's again.
So, yeah, that's something.
That's Frank's thing here.
But who does? Frank remind you of as far as like, a basketball player, you know? Who does Frank remind you off? Let's Let's stop sharing this.
I'm gonna share the MBA league leaders right now.
I'm gonna put that on the screen.
So for those watching, that's what I'm doing for those listening.
I'm putting up the the MBA leaders for the for the for the season here.
So anyway, here we go.
Uh, like I said, Frank Millikin is, uh, comparisons would be steals. Right.
So let's go to steals.
Got steals over here.
Steals per game. Just pull everybody up.
Let's get it, sink here, steals per game and make sure you guys can see that steals per game.
Okay, Already have it highlighted.
Steals per game.
Ben Simmons is leading the lead.
The league in steals per game.
You wanna talk about greatest defenders in the in the n b. A history.
And just for the last few years or whatever, or just like last 5, 10 years, uh, steals leaders usually be multiple.
Uh, two point, um, something, you know, like close to three, some of them 33 steals a game we got.
Ben Simmons assed told us he is playing point guard whatever, and he's only averaging.
1 steals for 35 minutes per game.
Chris done averaging, UM, two steals a game with 24 minutes a game.
Andre Drummond at a center.
He's one of the league leaders.
What I'm saying.
So this this is just shows you how With the NBS, Everybody talks about defense.
Ah, lot of Knicks fans keep talking about defense, but they don't play defense like they used to, man, they don't.
They're not play.
They're not allowed to touch nobody.
You gotta have your hands up.
Nobody's really swiping at the ball anymore because you get called for a foul.
Um, somebody's taking a jump shot.
All they're gonna do is put your hand in their face.
You know, they're not even trying to swipe the ball or anything.
You know, they're not trying to prevent the guy from jumping.
None of that stuff because all that stuff is illegal in today's MBA.
That's why look at the steals leader.
That's why you got a guy that's 6 ft 10 with 2.
1 steals and on in the center with 11.
9 steals, and then you just go down the line.
He wanna talk about guys that they can't play defense friendly and fleet is number number four in steals per game.
You know what I'm saying? It's just like people like to talk.
But then the numbers tell a whole different thing, man.
So I mean, you know, I just I'm getting off track here.
But let's just do some player comparisons for for just for the current n B A and not necessarily from his draft class.
Um, look it on the John Murray if they're both similar guys. Point guards, whatever.
If we had the John Murray right now, uh, he's still doing the same 10 points a game.
Which Israel, you know, Frank steals per game with the minutes that he gets is only like I already mentioned is only like 0.
9 steals in the minutes that he gets upgrade and look, it's the same minutes, 25 minutes per game.
Deonte Murray, and he's averaging 1.
7 steals a game.
The defensive stopper and, frankly, Latina is averaging about the same amount of minutes, and he's getting 0.
9 steals a game.
Where's the defense? What defense is he playing? You know, if you want to get the Johnson Murray and take him out and take him out of San Antonio and swapping with Frank, we will be in a better place right now.
You know, you can argue.
Argue with that with me if you want to, but these guys are similar.
Age 23 Frank is about 22 25 minutes a game, same amount of mints because Frank was averaging about 2020 25.
You know, Frank was only averaging 0.
9 steals with the same minutes.
Get out of here with that.
Look at the assist. 5.8.
Look at the rebounds.
He's, um, he's not. Not well.
They're about the same height, I believe, like six by 6 ft five or whatever.
So these are comparable players.
That's a perfect comparison to Frank.
We're giving too much emphasis on Frank too much time.
All we need to play more.
We need to be put in a better position.
We need to get a better coach or I want to see what he's gonna do under Tom Thibodeau.
You know, if the Johnson Murray was on our team, we wouldn't have to worry about none of that **** anyway.
I don't wanna make it long winded with Frankie Latina, but, um, let's, um, let's talk about the next guy.
So the next guy that I want to talk about is, um, is Kevin Knox? So the main thing about Kevin Knox is, um, you said that we drafted, um, Michael Porter Jr like we could have drafted Michael Porter Jr but we didn't because of his back problems, right? So let's let's let's get into into Kevin Knox for those watching.
Like I said, I'm putting up Kevin Knox, Um, stuff for those listening. That's what I'm doing here.
So anyway, make sure you guys can see we got Kevin Knox here. This is stats.
So anyway, it's a scroll up to what he's been doing the last, like two seasons, 12 points a game for his rookie year, which is good, you know, 12.
8 points a game.
You thinking like wow, we might have a player here, even though during the headlights and also the stuff that's going on with him.
For somebody who's citing his position, you're talking about 4.
5 on rebounds, one assists, 10.
3 blocks is not really good for 28 minutes a game, you know, but 12 points a game.
Everybody loves to three point percentage.
You're thinking like, wow, 34% as a rookie is just gonna go up, right? Uh, free throw percentages.
I don't know what's going on with these young people in free throws.
They don't make free throws anymore.
37% is not good.
Look at his own, UM, two point percentage, down 38%.
That's That's not good for somebody, that of his size and athleticism and the way that he did on that, he could potentially finish.
That's another thing.
He's afraid of contact.
So there's a lot, a lot of things that they're factor into it.
I know, you know.
I stand by stand by this to like they had a bunch of small forwards in there, And Kevin Knox, uh, supposedly bus all their ass that they but everybody has good workouts in the these workouts, so they could they could confuse scouts.
You know, the famous scouts that everybody loves to unto praise.
Oh, what did the scouts say? What the scouts say? Oh, you're gonna go against what the scouts care? Yes.
You know, a lot of these scouts are just regular people like me and you.
A lot of these guys are probably not even played basketball.
You know, a lot of them are just stat guys, ****ytic guys.
You know what he's looking at? Um, diagnosing on players from from from a paper, you know, the same way.
Like a doctor does A lot of bad doctors don't don't treat the patient.
They treat the paper, you know? So a lot of these scouts are treating our scouting, the paperwork What I'm saying.
So this is what we This is what we need to talk about here.
That was his first year, his second year.
He lost 10 minutes a game.
Uh, you know, you wanna blame Fizdale, you wanna blame? You wanna blame everybody but the player, the players, the ones that that has to prove show improved.
He has to show improving practice.
He has to act like He wants to be there, you know? And he has to prove it on the court.
He has to prove it on the court.
Um, 17 minutes a game.
You wanna talk about the field goal percentage went down, three point percentage went down.
Uh, you know about the same thing with two point percentage? Uh, free throw percentage went down.
You know, this This shows me something that's going on with this kid's head.
Look at the rebounds.
I don't care if his, um, stats went down to 17.9.
We're talking about a six.
A 6968 I believe they said it was 68 We're talking about to do this.
6 ft eight and these are the These are the rebound totals that you put up.
He should at 17 minutes, you should be able to be able to put up four.
But if that's what it's on length and athleticism assists.
You know what that means? Not even not even trying to pass the ball.
I mean, he's not even trying to play defense blocks, not even trying to play defense.
You know somebody that of his size.
You know, there's a lot of highlights. Oh, look.
Looking and playing defense.
Oh, you don't never seen him play defense, so they never gave him a shot.
That's all bull****.
You know, because the shot the light shines on on, like, you know, the dark side or the other moon or whatever.
Whatever stupid ass cliche you wanna you wanna come up with, you know? Ah, you just have to At some point in time, you have to blame the individual.
You know, cir***stances aside, you know, seeing people come from bad neighborhoods and they still, um, make it out, quote unquote.
And they do well for themselves.
It's not just, like, slim to none.
Hundreds and 1000 people come out, come out of the bad neighbors and do well, you know.
You know what I'm saying? So, um, you know, I'm not going.
I'm not going to, um to say that the Kevin Knox is in a bad situation because he's not.
There's nobody ahead of him.
There's nobody ahead of him.
Whoever that we that we had ahead of him, he should He should be easily on beating, beating them.
You know that we shouldn't be playing Reggie Bullock and these guys over.
Kevin Knox should be honest. Should be playing over them.
Simple is that you know what we had.
I know we had, um you know, what's the name? Twin? We had one of the twins on the team or whatever.
He was playing well, but at the at the same time, You know, your numbers still haven't improved.
Like, even if you're not getting the minutes.
You would think that you were improving certain things, but he actually went down, you know, saying so.
We're talking about a soft player.
Ah, guy that's mentally soft again.
The age 20 years old, 1920 years old.
All right, whatever You Whatever you want to say.
Whatever you want to say.
You know, I had my first kid at 23 years old.
You know what I'm saying? There was a lot of things that that was going on at my at my age that I was involved in whatever, You know, you're a grown man.
You have to grow up.
He comes from a good family.
His dad is good, you know? And he said all the great coaches he went to Kentucky, you know, What do you want? You know, at some point, some of these guys have toe have to grow up.
Now, let's, um Let's, um, look at his, um his ah, draft class 2018 draft.
Now, you know, we already we already talked about it.
Um, Michael Porter, Jr.
We should have drafted him, right? It's always hindsight.
Where is he at? Michael Porter Jr was after 14.
So he's not the only one day that passed him up.
I'm just gonna be Philia passed him up.
Charlotte, Um, the Clippers passed him up twice, You know, saying so.
Michael Porter, Jr.
You know, don't blame it on the Knicks that the Knicks didn't pick him.
The other players didn't pick him.
Give the other teams didn't pick him up neither.
And these guys, um, Mikhail Bridges and Miles Bridges and And these guys, those are the guys that Kevin Knox bust their ass in that practice, you know, saying, but it was only one practice, you know what I'm saying? So, um, you know, the knicks just just happened that the scouts has happened to see him in that element, and then they just crossed the most.
Okay, this is the guy we're going with.
You know, Michael Porter Jr.
At the time they were talking about him not being able to walk if he continues to play what I'm saying.
So he you know, young guy, he was able to get through that.
And now the sky's the limit from we're gonna be talking about him for years to come.
He's gonna be, like, a 20 point game score.
Because he had they actually, um, like, uh, like, handcuffed him a little bit because he's a rookie was making little bit rookie mistakes and trying to win basketball games.
But as as the years go by, you're gonna see Michael put his name up there in the leaderboards Future All star on all this Kevin Knox.
I'm not so sure.
Malik Bridges and a Miles Bridges.
They're all in the same boat.
Really? Um, uh, Michigan State, Miles bridges and all these guys.
You know, I think Miles Bridges is in a good spot.
Uh, I'll make my mom Mikhail Bridges, whatever. How? You pronounce his name.
Um, I believe he's in Phoenix right now, so I mean, he's doing He's doing well there.
He has his own little little spot there, so he's in a great spot as well.
You know, you would think that he is in a good spot because nobody is.
There's nobody to take his minutes away from him.
He's his own worst enemy.
He didn't get better When, um when twin left, you know, And, you know, there was nothing that that that that rolled down the hill.
You know, you think as he leaves as time goes on that he would get better.
He wasn't, um They still were playing, um, other guys ahead of him.
What was the other dude? Um, the do, um The dude that we got in the in the trade with the clippers for him, you know, he was playing over over Kevin knocks.
That tells you right there.
What type of player that we're dealing with here, just go down the line.
Um, a couple guys here, It's not really not really a lot of good players here in in his position, you know, that's worked really talking about with the argument, but, I mean, let's some let's get into thio like, uh, fit like like they say if he was a different player.
Like like, just to compare.
So, um, I guess we can What? What position? What? Um, let's Dio let's do let's do rebounds, okay, Because at his position, small forward, it got to be able to rebound a little bit.
So this is two rebounds, so we got rebounds.
Is that rebounds? Yeah, there's total rebounds per game. Okay, cool.
So it's definitely not gonna be in the leaderboard.
So let's just scroll down here like so, Like somebody in his position.
You would think Kevin X would be able to get seven rebounds a game.
Like around this area, if you don't think 17 rounds and let's scroll it down to six.
Okay, so let's do Let's do six rebounds against.
So he should be in here somewhere.
Some guys like Tobias Harris, he's established players.
Let's get guys that a little little bit younger.
23 miles Turner.
That's a center.
Let me let me see.
Um, Kelly, uber 24 years old.
Okay, that's a good That's a good comparison.
Right off the bat between Kevin Knox and Kelly, you berated both the same height, maybe Kevin Knox.
Maybe a little bit thicker.
But Kelly uber has been MBA for a little while now, So he has a little he had time to chisel.
But, I mean, not that much.
You know what I'm saying? Because, um you know, Kevin has got two years in the NBA.
Um, I'm not I'm not gonna click.
Kelly, you break right now, but look at this.
18 points a game, six rebounds.
You know, the system of the assistant, um, is not gonna be up for small force because small forest, technically our receivers, for the most part.
And that's what Kevin is gonna be.
I'm not gonna ask him to be, you know, Facilitator.
The steals a respectable and the, you know, the blocks are kind of, like respectable a little bit.
Let's some Let's let's see who else we got here.
Uh, Laurie Marketing.
I don't know about him. Christian would.
There's another guy, Chris Middleton trying to find somebody in his in his little bracket.
I hate to do this to him, but I mean, like, let's say like a Brandon Ingram, they all around around the same age, right? Brandon Ingram already reached its peak 23.
Um, you know, points per game.
Six rebounds, four assists.
Fills up the stat sheet.
Um, Jae Crowder thes.
These are the type of players that he should be one day, um, 12 points a game. Six rebounds.
Like if if Kevin Knox was doing that, You know, even if he was doing 10 points a game, but still give me six rebounds, maybe give me a little bit more assistant, and, you know, actually contributing to the game better.
Um, you know, stats here with at least with three point percentage and stuff like that.
If he was doing a little bit better like that and just showing some kind of aggression, then we would just be better off.
I mean, you could pencil any of these guys here.
Just I'm just looking for for small forwards.
Uh, you know, even even like these older guys, like, say, Like, a like a like O G O K. O. G.
Is another guy that's in his age group.
You know, these are all in about the same stats that he had before.
Like like you want to see production man, You want to see the A little bit of numbers, like the 50% from the field, 39% from three.
You know, these are the type of things you would like to see it.
Like, if we had O g instead of Kevin Knox, we would be so much better off.
You know, you still have a have a chance Thio develop players.
You know, you still have a chance for them.
Thio actually build and do something.
But you know how long you're gonna you're gonna wait This? We're about to have a draft with three more draft picks.
So, what are we What are we doing here? We have we have Ah, Draft is gonna get three more guys.
We might get three replacements.
We might get a point guard, replace from a small for replacement and the shooting guard replacing.
So So what are we gonna do with Kevin Knox? And I'm frankly, Latina.
Anyway, fast forward.
Now we're gonna talk about the other guy, de Este.
I'm gonna put this guy up on the screen for those listening.
Uh, let's put it starts up here, then, Smith, Jr, make sure you guys see me, huh? Alright.
So Dennis Smith Jr.
Of course, he was drafted in the same draft classes assed, frankly, Latina.
But he's a little interesting because we didn't draft him.
That's that's number one.
Dallas drafted him his rookie season.
If you could see that, he averaged for his rookie year.
His rookie season, 15 points a game, one steal, five assists, 3.
8 rebounds per game.
Okay, he did that in 29 minutes off course.
This field goal percentage.
You're not expecting it to be so great.
13 39% is not good.
Okay? He's a rookie, but he still managed to get you 15 points a game.
Um, three point percentage, 31%.
We know he can't shoot.
Okay, Uh, two point percentage.
That goes up 43%.
Because that means that that he could finish at the rim.
You know, in between game is pretty good.
So all that stuff needs needs to change.
Maybe he needs to stop shooting three pointers.
You know, we got you know, Ben Simmons.
He doesn't shoot three pointers.
You know, uh, Elfriede painting doesn't shoot three pointers.
Ah, lot of players don't shoot three pointers even like Derrick Rose never really shot out of three pointers.
So take that out your game.
Just do what you do.
Stop trying to be something that you're not.
So I think that might be his problem.
Also, Like I said, when I was talking about Frank, Dallas never gave him no confidence.
You know, they they let him run in his first year, But then they forgot about him, like right before they traded him.
Look, look, Look what they were doing to him.
He still was managing to get 12 points a game with Luca.
Um, still was getting four assists a game.
You know, it steals a pretty good, you know, around the same minutes, 28 minutes a game.
Like what he did with the next one after the trade, same minutes, 28 minutes a game because, I mean, the guy could play the minutes 20th, 28 minutes again.
That's what we need out of him.
So 14 look out of, um, what is this 21 games as a Nick.
He actually averaged 14.
7 on points per game is when he first came over 1.
3 steals, five assists a game, almost three rebounds a game.
The rebounds on when, when slightly down but to point percentage.
He's still finishing at the rim Pretty good.
Um, the three point percentage that I'm trying to say You can't make him into being a Steve Nash because he's not Steve Nash, you know, but but allow him to do what he does, you know? Stop shooting threes and attack.
Attack the basket 28% from three.
And, um, this field goal percentage 41%.
So, I mean, you know, I believe that's what he's gonna be.
He might peak at 45%.
You know, that's that's where you would like him to to be.
But, you know, fast forward toe.
Last year, his minutes was was half just about half.
Um, his field goal percentage went down.
Uh, three point suspended sentence is still bad.
Look at his two point percentage.
That's what sticks out to me was two point percentage when all the way down to 35% from from in the forties.
He was in in the in the high forties, B B before, before this season.
So 35% 2 point percentage that tells the story right there.
The guy's mind was just not into playing basketball this year.
So you know, it's a shame.
Look at this free throw percentage.
This free throw percentages horrendous. 50%.
The guy's mind is not.
It was not into playing basketball.
He just had an off year, you know? So, you know, look at the assists.
You know, I know he wasn't getting the minutes plays.
This is like, this is just a testament to how bad he was playing.
Let's do the, um, 30 36 minutes per for last year.
Um, you know, it's about about his league average.
The little his numbers there.
So, you know, if you got the minutes, maybe he would have played better.
But, you know, the percentage is just show that his mind just wasn't in the game for it, for you to even want to give him minutes.
You know, he just didn't play well.
He looked like he was a zombie out there.
And, you know, you got to give him respect in that in that way, because he lost a loved one.
You know they'll tell them what else was going on with his family.
Whatever. Nobody knows what's going on with people.
Well, we know is what's happening on the outside and what people are going through from from from the lens that we're looking at them and, you know, he's a good dude, fiery guy.
You know, he's not gonna let guys take on, you know, step over him.
Um, he's getting interested in social injustice, his boys J.
You know, I'm saying there's a lot of influence there.
Jay Coles, a good dude.
So he's not a bad kid, you know, I'm saying the whole, the whole thing with him, He said He just got to get it together.
He's not a bad player.
He's averaged 15 points a game in this league. That's not easy.
Regardless, if he's shooting, um, certain amount of percent, even if he's shooting at the type of percent of the guys, Um, you know, you know, still able to put the ball in the basket, you know what I'm saying? So he's not.
He's not a good player.
I mean, he's not a bad player, but, you know, it's just ah lot Thio Ah, lot to deal with this whole this whole last season.
So anyway, let's let's let's do two.
Let's do something, player comparisons.
We're gonna do this, do the same thing I was doing before.
I'm just gonna pull up the league leaders, and I'm just gonna go with, um uh, you know, just look at some player comparisons, like, if we were to get this player What what we would be, you know, if you had that player.
But, I mean, we tell them they don't need to do that.
If if If Dennis Smith Jr was doing 15 points and five assists and we wanna be looking for No, no, um, no point guard Thio to replace him, he would be the point guard, you know, essentially, if he just did, you know, the repeat his rookie year.
Even with the bad percentages, he still would be better than anything that we have.
And we still wouldn't have to worry about getting another point guard.
So anyway, I got I got the stats here for the for the elite leaders.
Um, this is scroll up here.
I'm gonna do I'm gonna assist.
I don't know what that was scared the **** out of me again.
It's anyway, let's do the assists.
So anyway, assist.
He was averaging about five.
So you want to get him around between five and six, right? So let's get him like, right.
Let's get him, like right about there, You know, between seven and and five. There.
Okay, so, um, point guard Russell Westbrook he's not on that level.
Lots of all day on Fox.
Let's say like a I mean during on frogs.
I don't know about this. Just keep scrolling.
You got Drew Holiday.
Fred Van Fleet was the shooter.
Uh, you know Lou Williams, Derrick Rose.
Let's let's do Derrick Rose.
Derrick Rose's on 31.
That's that's like he's always on his comparison.
26 minutes a game.
That would be the minutes that that Dennis Smith will get.
But you wanna talk about his is on his.
Uh Well, this is Do is, um is field goal percentage 49% from the field, 30% from from three.
That's to be expected.
Um, you know, just also finishing at the rim.
53% you know, in for two pointers.
Free throw percentage.
So if Dennis Smith Jr was to get not not at this level, but this is pretty elite.
But if he was to get his his field goal percentage at least up until, um, into the toe, like the high forties, like maybe 49% 48% and maybe get his free throw percentage at least into the seventies, you know, then then we could talk about it because you don't have to worry about three point percentage.
You know, only, um, 0.
9 makes per per per game for Derrick Rose.
Um, if Dennis Smith Jr was doing and then I wouldn't care, because he's going to give you the five assistant game and then, um, that 15 points will turn to 18.
And now all of a sudden you got a guy that could that could if we win, could get into get you in the playoffs.
You know what I'm saying? So, um, hindsight is 2020 and then, you know, of course, a lot of different factors.
Dennis Smith is really not really not, ah, confidence issue because he has confidence, you know, what I'm saying, But it's just all about getting everything together, a Sfar as this mental.
So if he could get his mental together having a great coach and Thibodeau and stuff like that, that's going to see a guy and what he could do and put him in a position, you know, if he could see a little bit of Derrick Rose in them, then that's great.
I don't want to force three guys minutes based on on that type of thing, But if the guys showing it in practice, you know that Tom Thibodeau puts him in the spot, that means that he earned it.
And that's that's it because we're not talking about Fizdale.
You know, we're not talking about bums of that nature.
We're talking about, uh, Tom Thibodeau, one of the most respected coaches in the NBA.
So if Tom Thibodeau puts him in a spot, you know, like like a Derrick Rose and it says, you know Dennis Smith Jr is the guy, then then that's what it is, you know, because I'm looking at the NBA draft, Um, you know the prospect and stuff like that.
I don't really see anybody that on this really stands out, you know, this really better than any of the guys that we have.
Like, I was talking with eating Donny on you both for our podcast.
We're on the same page with, um, with our our point guards.
Um, you know, I can't get the guys freaking name, but, I mean, we got we got guys in the Energy League that they put up 19 points and, um, you know, 19 assists in some games and stuff like that.
And these guys, these guys are good, you know? And the way we can we can develop those guys instead of bringing another do this.
Not even that might not even be as good as a place that we already having around Jared Harper's.
Another guy is, um, you know, some of these point guards better than the guys we already have.
You know, I'm saying Dennis from junior like, if you like.
I said if he was to get himself together, clean up his field goal percentages and whatever, and more focused on his game rather than trying to be somebody else, then maybe he could He could be like a like a old man. Derek rolls.
You know, you know, doing that, doing that type of thing.
He still gets steals one point.
Something steals a game.
So I mean, that's what we really needed the point guard spot.
Especially if we're developing other positions.
Dennis Smith Jr. Prime.
You know, like if he was to get himself together, Um, like I said 15 and five, that's fine.
Uh, shooting guard.
Uh, you know, if if I'm Frank Neil Aquino was to get himself together and become like others say Jon Teall Murray, he could slide there to play right next toe. Dennis Smith Jr.
They could go at each other. R.
J. Barrett is another guy.
Um, like I would like to slide him to the small four spot because he's strong.
He could take these dominating, um, guys that are smaller than him, you know, but But he has to work hard on defense because he's not as quick as these guys.
You know what I'm saying? So put him against guys that are equal strength and stuff like that.
And he's proven so many times that he could bump these guys often it and continue to move because, um this MBA is not the nineties like the guys are not allowed to touch each other.
So, um, r j is gonna be able to do this thing no matter who is in front of him in a to four position.
So I think that would be good.
And then he's faster than, ah, lot of small Fords, which is which is interesting as well.
And, you know, RJ rebounds.
He's a good rebounder.
So slide him at the at the small forward.
And then I didn't I didn't talk about Mr Robinson because Mitchell Robinson, to me, it's a Dhamma doesn't play.
You know, that's not a really a like a hot take for for people Thio to take in.
But I mean, like like the dude is just a rebounder on a shot blocker.
Okay, He runs the floor exceptionally well, you know, and he can recover on Defoe.
I've seen the guy fall on the floor like we all seen it.
You can click his highlights, and that's what you're gonna see.
Okay, just because you have an opinion and you know, I saw this guy to do that.
So this guy do that? Everybody's seen it, bro.
You know, I'm saying, like I know somebody plays like that.
They they talked or whatever, but I mean, like, is he better than than than Clint Capela? You know, I'm saying, Is he better than half of the sentence that you could mention out there? Is he worth getting the same contract that that go bears getting in Utah? Because if you're talking about Mitch Robinson, that is so good, then that's the market, you know? Are you gonna max out Mitch Robinson in a few years? No, you're not, because he's not.
It's not like he's giving you 20 rebounds a game.
Like if if you look at his 36 minutes per game, which I'm not gonna put up because I mean, everybody should be common knowledge if you like him so much.
Um, his 36 minutes per game is only about 10 11 rebounds per game, you know, and then, like he like, he still hasn't mastered the art of not fouling mother****ers.
You know, I'm saying so you know that that that 10 rebounds stuff is like full school, because he might not even make it to the fourth quarter the way that he plays the blocks, you know, there was a lot of talk that he might get to five blocks per game.
That was that was all fun to talk about, you know? But his his blocks might be closer.
Thio three and that's it.
Maybe maybe getting close to four.
But I don't think he's going to get, you know, the five blocks per game that that people were saying in his rookie year, because since then he hasn't really gotten close to that because MBA players, um, figure them out.
They're not letting him do that, do that anymore, you know, they're putting bodies on him.
He's not strong enough to box somebody out, you know, I'm saying so, Um uh, in the way that the MBA plays, especially in the skill set that Mr Robertson is displayed so far, Um, you know, here's another thing.
He likes Thio like the all these videos keep coming out of him.
Him playing against, like, mediocre, if not like juvenile, or like, um, like like like like just any rinky dink dudes in the park.
That's what he's playing against whatever.
And how could you get excited about that? The guy is about as tall as this nipple, and he's taking one dribble and then coming in and Duncan going in between the legs, whatever against guys that are half the size.
You know, I'm saying that half is not even close to his athleticism.
Guys, that a fat you know.
You know, what I'm saying is like, you know, it just bugged out that, you know, the stuff that people like to like the latch onto, like a zoo. Mitchell Robinson.
I want to see him be able to drop step, rebound, put it back up a dunk it.
I wanna be able to see him.
Phil, Elaine, dribble At least once or twice.
You get to the basket.
Forget this between the legs, stuff like that because you don't need your your big man to do that.
Like all the successful big man in the N. B.
Don't put the ball between the legs of million times, you know, saying that we don't need Richard Robinson to be a point guard.
We need him to be a big man.
We need him to do Big Man things shooting threes.
Um, you know, if if you want your your your shot blocker rebounder to be at the three point line shooting, shooting threes, then who's rebounding? Who's blocking shots? If you got Mr Robinson in the corner.
So you're gonna expect Mitchell Robinson to dio, like the 40 yard dash in, like, two point something seconds just to recover, You know, the running back and forth, You gonna run into death.
You know, I'm saying this this is, um you gotta remember guys like Marcus Camby.
That's that's a That's a clean, um, comparison for for Mr Robinson. Marcus Camby.
You know, I'm saying Marcus can be as great as an athlete as he was.
You know, he was always in trouble with the planter fasciitis and stuff like that.
You know, you might not have always been in the greatest physical shape as far as his diet and stuff like that.
And I'm trying to recover.
Um, you know, putting on weight that he put on too much weight when you shouldn't have, You know, it's a lot of different factors.
So Mr Robinson is in that in that on their zone there.
I don't like him doing all those crossover because I don't want to see him turn out in tow to be like Chris stops, you know, with the bum knees doing stuff that he shouldn't be doing.
You know what I'm saying? So that's my take on on Mr Robinson.
Mr Robinson's talent, you know? Of course.
You like certain things, but, I mean, we can we can sign that for for cheap.
You know, saying we could use our second round pick the draft draft a center.
That's that's worth, um, playing, you know? So I mean, you know, we we put too much emphasis on our players, man, there's there's so many players in the league hungry guys that that we could focus on and bring onto the to the roster.
Because again, if we if we get rid of all of our guys, you know that that that could be renounced.
We've got 40 something million toe to spend, so we're gonna have to spend it on something.
We're gonna need a center.
We can't draft the center.
I have to unexperienced guys at center.
So we're gonna have toe sign somebody.
I don't know if you're gonna keep Thomas Gipson, or we're gonna end up getting somebody that can actually, um, impact, give me impact the game, you know? So I mean, this is all of stuff to to think about, man.
So that's been my my player comparison, man.
So I just want to see what's going on here on a SportsCastr who's on tuning in.
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So bear with me for a second.
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