I absolutely loved watching luke play in college and thought he had a great all around offensive skill package:
1. He's a much better athlete than people think with deceptive quickness, leaping ability, and agility. And knows how to play with a good combination of bodycontrol, balance, footwork, and skilled movement
2. I think that he really is a very talented scorer and shooter. He's a very good shooter spotting up, off the dribble, or off the pass in catch and shoot situations. He has very good footwork when working from the tripple threat position and can use his footwork ( jabsteps, pumpfakes, etc) to create the space he needs to get off a jumpshot with ease. His one to two dribble pull-up game is very hard to defend because of his high release point and ability to combine his pull-up jumper with a stepback jumper or fadeaway jumper. He's a underated and crafty ballhandler who can use a variety of simple moves to make his defender play off balance. He has a very nice post game and knows how to score from the post with his back to the basket or facing up. He also has the skill set and ability to consistently make tough shots against tough defense. And he's also a very underated passer who really has a great feel for how to play the game of basketball
It's frustrating to watch him play in the NBA. Because he doesn't play with the same confidence he played with at Nevada. It's like he forgot how talented he is.
The way I see it he can play either the 3 or 4 offensively but can't defend either position.
Luke needs to start playing with more confidence because he as the potential to be a much more effective player than he his now.Especially on the offensive end
He's just a slightly more athletic Steve Novak.
Portland already turned down his option for next yr. It's not like he hasn't had an opportunity to produce. Portland's bench is one of the worst in the league and they need scoring in the 2nd unit. Luke hasn't been anything but a stretch 4, who spots up and doesn't even shoot 3's at a great clip for a supposed good shooter. He also has no position defensively, but they try to hide him vs back up 4's because his lateral quicks are really bad. I think there's a good chance he won't be in the league after this yr.
than his production shows. He may not be in the League next year (as stated above) but he could be a star overseas. I will say he could average 40 in the D League so he would get another shot. He needs Mike Dantoni and a great shot blocker/post player like Dwight to even be a rotational NBA player.
He may the only player in the League with legit 28 foot range. They're a lot of accurate shooters from deep and just beyond but Luke is as good from 27 as he is from 23. He would be a better player if the sideline was widened.
Weird statement saying somebody has 28 foot range but Jimmer def has it.
True, true, The Jimmer does too....but off the top of my head I still can't think of anyone else.
I agree it's sad and confusing, because even though he might have limitations. Players like him with his high skill level ( example: toni kukoc, chris mullin, mike dunleavy, keith vanhorn, etc) Always find a way to be sucessful in the NBA. For some odd reason, high level success is not coming his way. And it's sad because I think NBA basketball fans have not had the chance to see luke play like he's capable of really playing like, expecially when he's playing at his best. Him and Adam Morrison who are very similar players have just been big disappointments for me. Because they both were players who I just loved to watch play while they were in college.
Other players that I loved watching in college that didn't have alot of success in the NBA:
Jay Williams ( Duke )
Just like to point out Darius Miles never played in college, Greg Odens career was ended by injuries, and Eddie Griffin died..
1. My fault on darius miles, I thought he was the truth in highschool. For him it seemed like he never really new how to work on developing his game in ways that would maximize his overall skill level. The young man was still extremely talented and ultimately a underachiever.
2. Loved Greg Oden in highchool and college. It's sad that his body broke down on him as soon as he got in the NBA
3. Loved Eddie Griffen in highchool and college. His first four years in the NBA he really didn't play at the level he was capable of playing. R.I.P Eddie Griffen ( damn he died to young and in horrific fashion )
Eddie Griffin was a sad story. It's safe to say he fell short on his expectations in the NBA, though. He was an alcoholic and he did not become nearly the player people thought he would become.
Also, a little early to throw rookies on there.
1. For all the Royce White fans, I'm sorry, but royce will never play in the NBA until he finds a way to not let his mental disorder prevent him from playing in the NBA. And that's sad because royce is extremely talented and would have been a great compliment and perfect fit playing along side James Harden and Jeremy Lin in Houstan. It's all on him, he essentially is his own worst ememy. His mental strength to fight against his mental issues will ultimately determine if he plays in the NBA. I love his talent and skill level and think he could be the next Anthony Mason.
2. Thomas Robinson is talented and is a great athlete. But when I watch him play. He looks like I guy who just doesn't have a good feel for how to play the game of basketball from the power forward position. He looks lost, confused, and quite simply as of right now doesn't have a high basketball I.Q. I still have high hopes for him. But after how he played in college last year. I just expected alot more. So as of right now I have been very disappointed with his level of play
I understand your disappointment in Robinson. He really only played decent minutes one year in college, and is having a slower than expected transition to the NBA. That being said, he's coming off games of 8 p 6 r and 8 p 12 r in only 18 minutes.
In January, he's hauled in 3-5 offensive rebounds 4 times in 12 games, while only playing about 15 minutes. Including 5 twice, in 16 and 21 minutes, respectively. He's showing some real signs of busting out, but he hasn't put it together, and also, gotten the consistant minutes to break out.
Your concern and disappointment is valid, but I see a guy who is probably going to come on strong the latter half of the year. I wouldn't be surprised if he finished the season with about 7.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg.
Regardless of whether or not he died, Griffin never did have anything approaching the success he had at Seton.
Eric Gordon has range too!
Luke has a ton of range but his jumpshot is soo slowww
He should take some notes from Chandler Parsons I think he can potentially be as good as him. They have similar body types and skills. But Parsons has a better handle and vision and seems to have more confidence.
Who's going to argue with me now that he's better than Gordon Hayward? Sheltwon?
Adam Morrison had game to. In college
Babbitt is certainly not a terrible player. He's just too complacient shooting 3's. I think his next contract will make or break him as a pro. A guy like him can find a spot on a roster, pretty easily, but like some of you guys have stated. I think he's going to have to expand his game a bit. He may be able to salvage an Austin Croshere type career. I see a lot of similariteis, but he needs to work on his toughness.