In Reply to: Re: Watching the NBA the last couple of years posted by SehornBlew on June 12, 2018 at 09:18:31
What I'm saying is I've seen Ayton and Bamba for a few years now and Ayton has always been a considerably better shooter. Even in college Ayton shot 34% from 3, Bamba 27.5%.
Based on watching players for years better shooters are usually able to expand their range in the NBA. Bamba looks terrific in workout videos but my guess is if he can improve his shot and his range, so can Ayton, and he's already a better shooter.
Both guys will be working with NBA level shooting coaches, it helps, Kawhi Leonard is the perfect example although he's kind of overstated in terms of his shooting, he actually shot 37% from 3 as a rookie, 15-16 so far looks like an outlier season for him he shot 44% but he hasn't approached it since(admittedly been hurt).
If you ask me in 5 years who will be a better shooter and a better 3 point shooter I'd say Ayton not Bamba, because again Ayton has always been a better shooter. If you ask me who's the better defender, Bamba hands down.
I don't think it's easy to develop a kid in 8 months in college and lots of kids improve when they suddenly get access to personal workout guys and shooting coaches, but it's not always a linear progression. Watch the workout and shooting videos of Aaron Gordon before the draft, same thing he's improved dramatically and then he went out and shot under 30% from 3 his first 3 years in the NBA. Last year he finally got better at it, nearly 34%, with the rest of his game and his defense, shooting 35% from 3 makes him a legit player going forward but it took him 4 seasons to get there.
We will see on Bamba but I'd be surprised if he shoots 30% from 3 in the NBA next year.
Even with Doncic it's not clear, every year in Europe his minutes went up, and his 3% went down. Mechanically his shot looks good but it's not clear if he'll be an immediate 3 point threat in the NBA. He does other things, nice midrange, nice passer from highlights, but he doesn't strike me yet as a guy who fits the 3 point shooting craze in the NBA now.
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