durant plays no defense, is an average rebounder, and a mediocre passer with no post game whatsoever. all he can pretty much do is get to the basket and shoot
your whole point about parker and comparing him to kobe and MJ not being highly touted out of highschool doesn't make sense. parker is the consensus #2 guy and is considered consensus to be drafted #2 overall next season
also commenting on work ethic is ridiculous. half of the people on this board think lebron has lackluster work ethic. word of mouth means nothing. who says andrew wiggins doesn't have great work ethic?
all things equal work ethic wise wiggins wins out 10 out of 10 because he's the far superior athlete. michael jordan was the leagues premier athlete. Kobe was pretty damn close to being the best athlete. he wasn't but he was in the discussion. lebron is the best athlete. shaq, hakeem, wilt, magic
these guys were the leagues elite athletes of their eras. athleticism matters and wiggins has it and then some. parker isn't lagging in that area but he's not wiggins.
also if you want to compare work ethics look at kobe, lebron, michael coming out of high school
and then look at the doughy jabari parker
he may be an all time great, he may not be but hes nowhere near the prospect wiggins is
Durants ast have been going up through out his career and when he became the ball handler he avged 6 ast a game when westbrook was out. He is an avg rebounder averaging 8 rebounds a game for a wing player? Yea thats pretty average I guess rebound numbers close to lebron means lebron is an average rebounder too. You do realize that Durant is 24 right? The kid is a superstar and at such a young age has such a refined game. No post game? Just because he cant push people around down low doesnt mean he doesnt have a post game. If he puts his back to you and does a turnaround jumper you have no shot of blocking that and its a shot he is quite good with. Also he has length and when down low he uses this length to get pretty good looks at the basket.
You do know body type is gentic right? That proves nothing about his potential. And even though Parker has hype, he is known for having a great work ethic, and imo that in a young player that has the ability to become good now can become great. Like I said Kobe and MJ had to work on their game to get to the top of the food chain, and Parker's work ethic is being compared to them, thats pretty hefty praise, sure it is word of mouth, but isnt everything you hear about high school stars basically just that? Three years ago word of mouth had it Noel was the next LBJ and well at this point he looks like the next larry sanders. Also I like how you said parker is doughy but Wiggins is 6'8 with a listing of 200 pounds, thats a pretty small frame so of course he looks cut. Parker has listings from any where of 6'8-6'9 with his weight being put at 225-240 that is a much more NBA ready frame. Also you know these basketball players dont stop growing like us normally people they grow until their earlier 20's.
Thats my point you said it he is no where near the prospect of wiggins, neither was kobe or MJ coming out of high school and their two of the greatest to ever lace them up. You let the hype machine get control of you and you will draft Kwame Brown number one overall.
I can only speak on the different scouting reports I read and they all say his work ethic is that of the greats, and that is what allows for greats to be great. I dont think anyone questioned lebrons work ethic he has been going to different NBA legends for years in the offseason to improve his game and it shows. Yet no one is gonna compare his work ethic to kobe because its not at that level, the type of commitment he shown is equal to only a few that have ever played in sports history. So while people are commenting on Parker's work ethic it makes it seem he has the same drive that kobe does, and that goes a long way into making a player great.
Also you speak about athleticism as if you need it to be great. What about Larry legend? How about the NBA logo? The all time leading scorer, Kareem? Yea none of those guys were ever put in the same sentence as athletic, but they are some of the best to ever play. Linking athleticism to greatness, you must be watching too much ESPN when they talk about lebron. Vince carter was a monster with his athleticism what about his legacy? Then you have drose and westbrook who are all athletic freaks, and is anyone saying their gonna be all time greats by the time their done? Nope. Unless they prove their something more than just an athletic freaks they will never be thought of as great.
Hardwork beats talent when talent doesnt work hard.
Edited by PhillyLaker24, June 21, 2013 - 02:50 PM.