He’s had some terrific games already this season. Also an extremely fun dude to watch on offense. He makes a lot of really crafty off-ball cuts, and like Holiday seems to have really good ideas about how to play with Anthony Davis.
This is true, but what you’re leaving out is that 50-percent is actually pretty shitty for either eFG or TS%, both of which will be well above that number for efficient scorers. Among minutes-qualified players, there are far more players above 50-percent in both stats than there are below. So this fact doesn’t quite…
Eh, so this definitely isn’t worth fighting over, particularly as a proxy battle over some stranger’s enthusiasm for Frank Ntilikina (it’s fine to like him! nobody is trying to take him away from you!), but: While defense is, indeed, half of basketball in terms of how players allocate their time on the court, that’s…
I explained this at great length in another comment thread under this same post, but: Yeah, he is. Maybe he won’t be at some point in the future, but right now, especially right now, he’s clearly butt.
Neither of those two carried a team’s offense on the way to the seventh game of the conference finals last season, either.
Yeah he doesn’t rise to the level of butt.
Mario Hezonja is on the list!
Weird how you neglected to mention that he’s only played 25 games because he literally forgot how to shoot a basketball and missed nearly his entire rookie season trying to re-learn the most fundamental basketball skill. I’m sure you meant to include it somewhere and just forgot.
Good question. For one thing, I don’t think it actually does any good to call out teammates without naming them; superficially it looks vaguely accountability-ish but is actually the exact opposite. For another, Wall and Beal themselves have enough unchecked and overindulged bad on-court habits between the two of them …
Surely it should count for something that Tatum is a 20-year-old second-year player while Wiggins is 23 and in his fifth pro season, yeah?
It may shock you to learn that not all defense is pick-and-roll defense.
We have staffers who disagree with me, but I don’t think Thon Maker is butt. He’s not helping my case much this season, but remember how good he was in the playoffs last season? I still think there’s lots of room for optimism about him.
Aaron Gordon and Harrison Barnes are both still butt! They’re just too old to make the list this year. (I also don’t really like Beal and I don’t think he’s nearly as good as his reputation but whatever, it’s not worth fighting over.)
I don’t agree he’s butt! He has a really nice combination of skills and size, and he was good as hell last season—for many stretches [hot take alert] better than Simmons, in fact. He’s off to a bad start this season but it seems crazy to me that anybody would conclude that makes him butt.
Šarić is in a weird spot, I think. He plays a lot of his minutes with both Simmons and Fultz, both of whom can be all but completely ignored on offense, which means A) Dario’s man never needs to leave him even for a second, and B) there’s always at least a second defender nearby, if not a third, in the rare instances…
He makes cool highlights but his decision-making is often, like, Mudiay-bad at both ends of the floor. Like the kind of bad where you feel cold all over and wonder if he just doesn’t really get how to play basketball at all. Not unrelatedly, the advanced stats pretty much unanimously hate his guts. And it’s both…
And maybe this is just me but it seems like he’s bringing a weird, bad energy out there. The whole team’s chemistry has been bad this season (and, uh, the previous, uh... all of them), but Oubre more than anybody seems like he’s just tuning out everybody around him.
Weird that there are two other writers also named that.
Haha, not really. A rookie (even [clears throat very conspicuously] a redshirt first-year player who missed his entire rookie season) would have to be, like, insanely bad to make this list just a few weeks into the season. Like rookie-year Austin Rivers bad. Nobody in this class has been that bad just yet.
Rookies are ineligible. (But also, doesn’t that article read like it’s at least as much about Cleveland’s LeBron-era holdovers being a bunch of cranky assholes? He’s a 19-year-old rookie. He’s supposed to be clueless!)