Genuine question, no baiting intended.
Contracts aside, if you’re building a team, who do you take first, second, and third? Out of the following guys.
Michael Porter Jr.
Before I can answer that, I need to clarify somethings.
Are they all healthy?
Are we assuming Luke is the HC?
Have they all reached their potential?
Can I assume we are talking about building a top 4-6 team, aka a contender?
If the question was: Rank them based on potential and talent, my list would be:
While I personally think Ingram is the 2nd most versatile of that group behind Porter, I don't think his ceiling is nearly as high. What he (Ingram) is trying to do is become someone who doesn't fit his body type or personality. If it works, cool...that doesn't normally happen. I made the same argument about Randle and I think this year proved it. Randle is a finisher, not a creator/stretch 4 or 5. Playing to his strengths was more efficient than trying to become someone he was/is not.
Porter has legit KD talent.
Tatum is one of the most NBA-Ready Prospects in the past 15 years.
Parker has the potential to be an elite scorer, much like Melo.
Kuzma is another guy who could average 23ppg+ and lead his team in scoring. Defense needs work but the scoring ability and aggressive personality are special.
Lonzo is a guy who may never average 20ppg but if he's given the reins, he can change any franchise overnight. I could build a good team around that. I believe Lonzo's best traits can't be taught and have unlimited potential but even if he does reach his potential, he will need guys like the ones listed above. That's the only reason I don't have him as a Franchise level Player and in the top 3.
Ingram's best attribute is versatility which will be limited if he tries to shed that to become a scoring mercenary. I would NOT build a team around that.
Randle is a bully in the post and potential star with a team built around him but I don't see him contributing defensively or in most other aspects of the game if he's not scoring. You could build a team around him but much like DMC, I don't see that team being a contender (if he's the best player). His scoring is pretty close to 1-dimensional even though it's pretty dominant with the right pieces around it.
Brown? Versatile and aggressive. He's an elite level athlete who isn't very skilled (IMHO) but has DPOY level potential. If he adds better handles/shooting/court awareness, I will change my assessment but as of right now, I see him as a product of Brad Stevens' system, not a guy you can plug&play in most systems. Potential to improve is always there with elite athletes but I can't rank him higher than the others until he shows improvement (skills).
I'm sorry if you disagree. I don't mind debating. I'd appreciate it if I wasn't labeled a "Hater" because I have a differing opinion. If anything I've said is confusing, let me know and I will try to clarify it.
Edited by GCMD, June 26, 2018 - 10:13 PM.