Totally agree. Marc Gasol is a great comparison for his potential. And he seems well on his way to reaching that potential.
I have to say...last year I couldn't stand Vooch. Others here loved him. I found him to be technically sound, etc...but a complete and utter wimp. Someone who wouldn't 'stick his nose in there'.
I think he might be shoving his nose in my ***.
He was always technically sound though, as you said. He has the offensive game and the good touch to average double digits points pretty seamlessly, and the intelligence/awareness to get where he needs to be on the floor and average double digit boards pretty easily as well. He comes off as soft sometimes, but I think it's more that he just plays with a quiet and calm demeanor. He's going to be a solid center in the league for a long time.
I wish we could have him back. But the trade is still a risk I would take every time.
How would we look with:
Vooch instead of Lavoy.
Reggie Evans instead of Kwame.
Korver instead of JRich.
Iggy instead of Turner.
Dear God in Heaven. What is happening.
This is the key paragraph to me. His lack of athleticism makes it difficult for him to rotate on PnRs/Pick and Pops. He also has trouble rotating for help defense at times. He needs to learn how to position himself to make up for his lack of athleticism. He also needs to learn how to become more efficient converting around the rim.The young center is not without flaws — his defensive rating of 105.2 makes him more Al Jefferson than Dwight Howard. But while it’s easy to suggest his lack of mobility and lift will always make him a liability at that end, more than a few relatively unathletic big men — Omer Asik comes to mind — have proved capable of anchoring the back line of a defense. If Vucevic does want to become a factor on that end, it will take a trip to the Kevin Garnett school of defensive positioning to learn exactly where and when he can use his size to deter opponents from attacking the rim for easy buckets.
His true shooting percentage (which is weighted for 3-pointers and free throws) of 51.7 is also frighteningly low for a 7-footer and ranks him just 34th among centers. A heavy reliance on 2-point shots is the primary culprit for this, but employing more shot fakes near the rim could help Vucevic tally a few more free throw attempts. There's also the possibility that Vucevic, who shot 34 percent from behind the arc his last year in college, can add a Mehmet Okur–type element to his game by further developing his perimeter shot.
If he can fix these issues, it could take his game to another level. He will never be a dominant center, but he can be a more than solid starting center in this league. He is already proving he deserved more PT last year and a chance to make mistakes/develop.
Still, at the end of the day, Bynum's potential was and will always be worth trading Vuc.
Last edited by Knowledge; 01-09-2013 at 12:14 PM.
Originally Posted by Sam Hinkie
DC didn't play him much and was quick to yank him like most rookies. You will never see a player develop like you want under those circumstances.
Originally Posted by Sam Hinkie
Last year's team for example. I loved watching last year's team. Even with the half court offensive ineptitude and frustration. They hustled, they played with heart, they were tough, they were fast, they were athletic. They ran teams that were worse than them off the floor by half time, and they gave teams that were better than them a hard time, frustrating them, harassing them on defense, and making everything difficult for them.
This team is playing like... "We know we suck. Whatever. Let's just get these 48 minutes over with and call it a night."
In all seriousness...they have sapped all my Sixer Energy.
I don't even have the will to bash Evan. I simply don't care enough.
Yep. I am down and beaten. My will has been broken. Now would be the time for all to get in my face and tell me how great Evan was, is and will be.
I won't argue. Heck, I might even agree just so it all goes away.
If DiLeo is smart (and a bit lucky) he'll find a way to unload Thad, Turner & Hawes for a nice player and to open up cap space. Bynum may actually heal up and be worth re-signing. Having lottery pick, Bynum, Holiday and all of that cap space could lead to real good things next season.
He's bigger than any big man currently suiting up for us.. that's for damn sure. Still though, you do that trade again and a again knowing the possibilities in a league driven by stars.