Evaluating Rookies
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  1. tonyspdx
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    Posted 04/23/2013 11:17 AM

    I have seen every game this year. Some things I noted.

    Lillard.  Can shoot and finish at the rim.  Started to complain to the refs at the end of the season, cant get caught up in  arguing with refs. He will get more calls at the rim next year.  Scoring will be 22ppg 7apg.

    Leonard.  Could not boxout to save his life at the beginning of the season, got better in last 15 games.  Doesn't block shots (disappointing), gets lost on pick and roll defense, needs head for the ball when rebounding. Offense is relatively good (reminds me of Al Jefferson). Needs to shoot the foul line jumper when they give it to him. with 20 min per game he will get 10ppg and 5rpg. not bad for a second year player.

    Freeland.  Defensively slow, cant defend quick centers, but there are not many out there to defend.  They can teach him better post defense.  First year overwhelmed him, looked better last 10 games.  Jump shot looks good, but obviously didn't hit it very well. Could be a pick and pop forward. 5ppg 3rpg next year.

    Claver.  Took his time this year and didn't get over his head on the court.  This is the type of bench player every team wants.  Big, mobile, somewhat athletic.  Can shoot, but percentage didn't show it. If he becomes Batum's full time backup could get 7ppg 3rpg.

    Barton.  Slasher with not a whole lot of finesse. Reminds me of Corey Brewer.  If he could get more steals and play under control he might not become a journeyman player.

    Non Rookie
    Most of the bench was terrible.  The veterans where smart players, but have little skills as a second unit.

    Babbit.  This guy can stick in the NBA.  The dude can shoot and he has some rebounding skills.  Not much on the defensive end or anything at the rim.  He is a specialist (Steve Novack and Kyle Korver type). He just needs to embrace what kind of player he is.

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