- 06/27/2013, 09:13PM ET
PCH said 06/27, 09:13 PM
Bilas says he's got, "all star potential".
I totally agree.
He can stroke on the outside, he can also dunk powerfully,
He would've been a great addition to the Magic, and I don't think they messed up, but between the two shooting guards, I woulda taken McLemore.
Mrlns Fn said 06/28, 12:55 AM
McLemore may be a good shooter but in my opinion he looks like the second coming of Ben Gordon. I don't buy the Ray Allen comparison. That's a tad overblown. I see Ben Gordon.
And I'd rather have Victor Oladipo than Ben Gordon or Ben McLemore.
I've also hears McLemore compared to Joe Johnson, and that'd another comparison which seems fitting. McLemore does possess the capability of driving the ball to the hoop but he doesn't necessarily seem to possess the desire to do so.
Taking it to the rim is a physically and mentally challenging ordeal. It's easier to drift around and hoist up mid range jumpers all day long. Not more efficient, but it is easier. And some players prefer taking the easy way out
McLemore seems to be one of those type of players. Oladipo is certainly not that way.
Oladipo is a high energy guy and a great athlete and he's already an outstanding defensive player, capable of guarding either guard position.
And Oladipo was actually the superior shooter last year, too. Shooting is supposed to be McLemore's strong suit, but the numbers indicate otherwise:
McLemore - .495 FG% .420 3P%
Oladipo. - .599 FG%. 441 3P%
PCH said 06/28, 03:02 AM
Yeah, Ben Gordon?
u kidding me?
I hope not, and def. don't think so.
On March 2 against West Virginia freshman Ben McLemore scored 36 points breaking Danny Manning's freshman single game scoring record.
Lil wiki action..
not my whole argument of course.
Oladipo might be a "hard worker", and I don't discount his credibility, but McLemore is the more attractive pick here. The lonely Magic got burnt by Superman, a.k.a D12. McLemore can fill it up more. I think Oladipo's only clear advantage, defense. But the Magic shoulda took McLemore over Oladipo. McLemore might go ape sh8t in Sac town. Don't forget, Cody Zeller was the best player on Indiana, hopefully we can both agree on that. ha
Mrlns Fn said 06/29, 12:54 AM
Nope, not kidding. I remember the hype around Gordon back in 2004, when he wound up being drafted third overall.
Second leading scorer in UConn history. Over 20 PPG as a junior. Over 43% from three point territory. A "pure" shooter with the ability to occasionally take it to the rim. The second coming of Ray Allen.
Sounds a lot like McLemore's hype. And it doesn't end there. Their games actually are similar.
Both guys shot around 45% from the floor and 42-43% from three. McLemore is a bit taller but neither guy drove the lane a whole lot, both preferring to wait around the wing and jack up threes.
Neither guy was known as a hustled or defender, and both were looked at as instant offense.
I just don't see anything about McLemore's offense that makes him a more attractive option than Oladipo, and when you consider Victor's all around game I feel like this was an easy choice.
Orlando has a ton of needs and with McLemore they would've only filled one. Scoring.
With Oladpo they get scoring (at a more efficient rate, mind you) along with good defense and various other hustle plays.
PCH said 06/29, 02:21 AM
No offense, but saying someone's going to be like "Ben Gordon" is kinda dumb. Who are you Nostradamus?
You know you my boi, blue!
Anywho, McLemore had the better stats of the two, and while you bring up field goal percentage and stuff, that's cool. STats supposedly never lie, but the marketability for the Hoosier's ex shooting guard, not that great. Hardwork pays off, but it doesn't always top the sexy pick. Like I said, McLemore can go off, he can go both ways. Inside, and out!
Orlando needed a face, I doubt he's that face. Will he be good? SURE..
But McLemore's ceiling is higher in the nba, homeboy came out a freshman leading the team, can't say as much for your pick.
Mrlns Fn said 06/29, 03:00 AM
Well your first argument was about McLemore's all star potential. Meaning you're basing your opinion off what may or may not happen at some point in the future.
Don't know about the Nostradamus thing but I kinda feel like my opinion of what may or may not happen in the future is no dumber than yours.
Anyway it's no big deal. Moving right along.
I don't see how McLemore is the face that Orlando allegedly needs. I mean yeah, Bilas said he might have all star potential but that doesn't mean anything.
Jamaal Magloire. Dale Davis. Tyrone Hill. Brad Miller. Wally Szczerbiak. Anthony Mason. Theo Ratliff.
All lucked into a spot on an all star game roster. None were faces of franchises or anything else, for that matter.
Bottom line, I feel like McLemore's game is more limted than Odalipo's and therefore I tend to appreciate Oladipo's proverbial talents a bit more.
Not sure if that makes me Nostradamus. Probably not, but maybe.
Good TD. Good luck in the alleged voting.
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