Between Alex Poythress and Glen Robinson III who is the better NBA prospect with the higher upside.
Both of these players intrigue me as they are both solidly built forwards with a very efficient offensive game. To my knowledge they're both averaging around 14ppg while shooting over 60% from the field as a freshman.
Whats the major difference between these 2 and who do you think has more NBA potential?
I'll take GR3, he can score from all levels of the court, is versatile, has alot more potential due to his skillset and athleticism, plus he has good basketball genes. Alex is good but he still has that dreaded tweener status and can not creat his own offense nor does he have a go to move; he will be a good player but GR3 will be better.
GR3 doesn't create his own offense either. He just plays with better teammates. GR3 is actually the starting 4 for Michigan and they don't run any plays at all for him. He's good at making himself available, whether it be spotting up, running the baseline, running the wings, popping open for little chip shots, etc. He's not generating any of his own offense though.
Poythress has more to learn about playing without ball and inserting himself into the game but I think that if they were to switch teams, Poythress would be the one looking more impressive.
What GR3 does have over Poythress is something that you did mention and that's the whole position thing. GR3 has more of a SF or swingman game (although he does need to greatly improve his ball-handling) while Poythress is more of a tweener in transition to the 3.
As far as long term potential, I still say that Poythress has the higher ceiling because he has just as good if not better athleticism than GR3 on a bigger, more powerful frame, but GR3 has a greater chance of reaching his because he has a defined position already and because I just think he's the smarter, better coached player.
I was a big fan of Big Dog and his game. That dude had an automatic mid range jumper and got his points within the flow of the offense so fluidly. Like you would see him hit a shot to start the game and then look up and he would have 20 points without even noticing them.
"Like you would see him hit a shot to start the game and then look up and he would have 20 points without even noticing them."
I like GR3 better but not by much, more skills.
I don't know if he declares this year though.
#pause I refuse to call him GR3. I hate the RG3 nickname and GR3 sounds even worse #unpause
This is an interesting question. I haven't watched enough of Glenn Robinson to really judge him, but I haven't been impressed with Poythress's motor. He has top-10 Kidd-Gilchrist-like talent, but he seems to disappear at times. Although I was surprised when they said during tonight's game against Vandy that he has the highest FG% in the SEC
I remember providencefriars1, like 2 games into the season, getting plenty of negs and someone even telling him he had lost all his credibility because he said Poythress didn't play with a consistent motor. smh
If anything, it should be Big Dog II...or Little Big Dog haha
GRIII is nicknamed Lil Dog by some people. And I use it more as an abbreviation then a nickname. I agree with you them type of nicknames are weak in the CP3 mold, like PJ3 too.
I'm not too familiar with GRIII's game at all I just saw him play a couple of times, they i have followed his scouting reports and they all seem to consistently paint the same picture which isn't always the case with a prospect. He seems to be a heady player that coastes through games but plays a highly efficient and fundamentally solid form of basketball and has a pro body to back up his pro game.
Poythress' scouting reports can differ a little bit more, like some people were comparing him to Iggy which is a comparison I totally dislike. He's more like Jeff Green then Iggy.
Havent seen enough of Glen yet either, but Poythress is one of my favorite prospects. I think he will be ok despite the tweener label. His biggest issue is what everyone says, his motor. He is a very good shooter though at a young stage. FG/3pt/FT. He can be better than Jeff Green.
oh and btw....Poythress said in an interview before the season start IIRC that he needed to get his motor up.
I haven't seen enough of GR3 to make an informed decision. But every chance I watch Poythress..I see a kid with tools to be really good but almost seems like he doesn't even like basketball.
Wow, I'm getting old. I remember in high school I had a friend who moved from Gary, Indiana who told me there is a high school player named Glenn Robinson who is hands down the best player he has ever seen. He told me he saw Big Dog drive baseline in a game, and while he was underneath the basket, almost out of bounds, he jumped backwards and cocked it back for a dunk.
Now his son is a NBA prospect.....