You know the old saying, “if the playoffs began today.”
With regard to Ingram, it’s irrelevant to say that KD isn’t bothering. If you told me that a young Laker player would be playing at the KD at 50% level, that’s a huge gain.
Finally, people need to put on the noise blocking head phones and just look at simple numbers.
There are two tall rookie point guards.
Among ALL guards in the NBA, one kid is #5 in assists, #3 in rebounds, #10 in steals, #1 in blocks, and takes the shot because it’s the right play within the teams offense, regardless of how badly he’s shooting. He has the worst shooting mechanics since Kevin Martin.
The other one is #4 in the league in assists, #2 in rebounds, #1 in steals, and #2 in blocks, but refuses to shoot anything outside the paint because he has the worst shooting mechanics since Tayshawn Prince. And he turns the ball over 50% more often than the first kid.
Oh, I forgot, the second kid is 1 1/2 years older, 4 inches taller and 40 pounds heavier, so he can absorb contact and make layups.
One player is surrounded by the most dominant young center in the NBA and three guys who shoot 37–42% from beyond the arc.
The other player is surrounded by a center who can barely finish at the rim, a power forward who refuses to shoot anything outside the paint, and two wings who are shooting 31% and 36%.
Do you think there is any correlation with the talent surrounding a player and their stats? And if so, are these two players really all that different?
How about Tuesday night’s stat lines?
6–13 FGM-FGA 3–6 3PM-3PA 2–3 FTM-FTA, 8 REB, 6 AST, 1 BLK, 2 STL, 1 TO, 17 PTS
3–8 FGM-FGA 0–0 3PM-3PA 1–3 FTM-FTA, 3 REB, 8 AST, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 7 TO, 7 PTS
Is it possible that the bust is a once-in-a-generation transformational player, and the instant All-Star and guaranteed Hall of Famer might be the next Michael Carter Williams?
Or should we just enjoy watching these two great players develop into what many hope will be a great rivalry for the next 10–15 years?