When it's all said and done Jason Tatum will be the best of the class of 2017. He's tall, he can shoot, and in just his third game (at the time of this blog) he's got 22 points against the Knicks. How the hell did Danny Ainge pull this off? When he drafted Tatum he basically said that he would've taken him number one overall, could get him at three and add another asset and somehow nobody with the Sixers thought to maybe grab Tatum instead of Fultz. Now Fultz' shoulder is falling off and Danny once again looks like the NBA's (evil) genius. Even though the Kyrie trade may have been the right move basketball-wise it was cold hearted as hell- remember that next time a player bolts an organization for more money. There's no loyalty in this game. *gunshot*
Which brings us to our next big guard- not getting it done in LA and it's NOT Lonzo Ball. Brandon Ingram who draws comparison's to KD (mainly because of the body type) is behind where he needs to be and the solution is pretty simple: he needs to make shots. He's a career 40% shooter from the field and for a guy who's 6'10 that's not good enough. The problem is he's a tantalizing prospect who makes tough shots. The problem is that he doesn't get enough easy ones. He needs to lock himself in a room and study KD's turnaround and post game and needs to get a go to move. Right now he shoots too many tough two's and needs to get to the line more. There's no point in being able to shoot over someone if it's always a brick. Just because someone is skinny and looks like KD doesn't mean he's the next KD.
The ROY this year will be Ben Simmons. He's a true 6'10 PG and has incredible balance, ball handling, passing and is a super athlete. I like that they just play him at PG and let him operate. If / when Fultz ever gets healthy this team is scary because Embiid is already a legend. Worst case Simmons is Lamar Odom. Best case he's an lefty, Australian Lebron.