It's not his height that is the issue on the defensive end, it's his lack of lateral quickness and not being as strong as he should be.
If you want a perfect example of a perimeter coming out of college and getting tore up in the pros, look no further than Malcolm Lee...and the funny thing is, Lee and Snaer are nearly the exact same height and weight, both lacking strength. Thing is, Lee was actually very quick, laterally...and he also had great positioning, even better than Snaer.
One reason why Jordan Farmar hasn't seen a lot of playing time over the course of his career is because he lacks lateral quickness and strength.
College basketball is miles, miles behind the pros. You can get away with a lot of weaknesses when you're in college, but once you step out onto the court as an undrafted rook, most everyone is better than you are...and you really don't do anything well enough to stand out.
i agree on the gap between the pros and college but i have never found him to be slow laterally, the guy is known for his lateral quickness and perimeter d and the role he played on a very good defensive team. did he have poor combine numbers or something?
maybe that stuff gets overshadowed by game winning shots and being a big part of the offense but to me his issues are more on the offensive end but he wouldnt have the same role he had at fsu.
sure, he will have to prove himself defensively at the next level but for a non drafted spl pick up, i cant complain. his mcd's hype maybe didnt help him but he showed improvement throughout college. id rather start off with a guy that was a good defender before coming to the nba, especially a guy that can shoot the 3 as well.
i dont know what you expect out of a spl pick up but ill take him over some 1 dimensional (in college) 3pt shooter any time. the guy wont be afraid either, thats another good trait.
im not one to usually be very high on spl guys especially combo sized 2's but imo this kid was overlooked and could surprise people that are unfamiliar. i like him better than most of their draft picks in recent years.
to me the most likely issue is knowing his role and limiting mistakes on the offensive end. if he does that i think he could transition nicely. sure id rather have a long sf-g but its not like he will get taken advantage of any more than meeks.
as far as lee,he is similar in form but he can be too aggressive on d for his own good at times and has had trouble with team d nor is he a very good shooter. with that said i think the wolves missed him when he was out and had to rely on ridnour a bit too much.
snaer can do more imo and while they both have some good potential, i see snare as a little less raw as far as team d is concerned and much less raw as far as offense is concerned provided he knows his role. but its not easy picking talent that can transition well at the next level as shown time and time again.
Edited by SweatShop, July 05, 2013 - 12:37 PM.
Abdul-Jabbar told the San Francisco Chronicle last month he met Howard only once and that Howard expressed an interest in learning from the former Lakers captain but he never again reached out to Abdul-Jabbar.
‘He’s charming, he’s charismatic, very nice young man,’ Abdul-Jabbar said. ‘Maturity-wise, he doesn’t get it.’