Summer league: " Russell is a rookie, its only summer league. Wait til he plays in the rrgular season." Dont be too quick to judge.
Regular season: " its too early to tell because this is his rookie season/year."
Lets just admit, he is not a bad player but he will not be the guy that we are expecting him to be. The kid has planted in his head that, he can just come in and be a stud. Now reality has sanked in, that nba is a man league.
You can tell the future? Please do tell if we get a top 3 pick this year.
It is impossible to tell what a player will be in this league after their rookie year, let alone 12 games. I have been vocal that I have not seen the things I want to see from Russell to be excited for him, but at the same time I understand the kid is 19 years old. He has a lot of time to grow and develop and get better. Have I seen flashes of amazing plays and jaw dropping skills? Nope. However, I have seen him do some things I like and I don't think you can say he won't be anything special after 12 games.
People seem to get upset if you make comparisons between Russell and other players that started off slow or not ideal, but the truth is history repeats itself. Curry was an afterthought to Evans his rookie year, but now you have people making statements Curry is as big an impact as Bron Bron. Curry ended up with solid numbers his rookie year but also averaged 36+ mins a game, and everyone knows for a rookie the most important thing is game time.
I am not calling Russell Curry by any means. However, one must look at everything and realize some things. Russell is 19 and will be 20 by years end. People's perceptions have been warped because players have come in at 18 or 19 and took the league by storm, but there have also been players that took some time to develop and come into their own. Curry came in at 21 and while he was always a knock down shooter he didn't become the beast we know him as until around 25. That is 4 solid years of development in the NBA on top of his 3 year college career. It took him a total of 7 seasons against the best competition to become the superstar he is now. Russell has 1.08 seasons of that under his belt, give him some time.
I want to see more from Russell no doubt but I understand he is young. Randle at times has shown great plays and some flashes of what you want to see from a top pf in the league, problem is dude is young and inconsistent. This is still only his 1st season in the league. Some players come out and ball from the start, others take time to develop. At the least those types of statements need to be put on the shelf for a year from now. We can discuss what we like and don't like from their game, but no way in hell can we predict at this point the end spot of their career.
Edited by PhillyLaker24, November 17, 2015 - 08:18 AM.