Lets Go Lakers wrote: lakerfan2 wrote:
Lets Go Lakers wrote:I'll be shocked if Clarkson isn't on the 8-9 man rotation by the end of the year. People should not confuse a guy like Clarkson with guys like D. Morris and Ebanks. Those guys were complete stiffs compared to Clarkson. They never had the NBA level athleticism to excel at this level while Clarkson does. The big question will be his shot. If it's anything close to his summer league play, his chances are that much better.
Just watch. Scott will properly evaluate this guy in the numerous practices from now until tip off and he will realize that this guy needs to play. He will perform well enough to crack the rotation. Maybe not immediately but eventually, his talents will force Scott to play him.
And you ask us why...
......."to excel at this level."
Ebanks was probably on the same level of athleticism as Ariza. He had pretty much the same height and wingspan and jumping ability, and everyone thought we found his clone. But Ebanks was just not a good player. He lacked drive, the ability to improve skillwise, and had a terrible IQ. He had a DUI for Christ's sake.
Morris was no slouch either. He was fast, could get up for his size, and that made him favorable as a defender. But what he lacked was IQ. Just a terrible playmaking guard and got lost on defense too often.
Then you have guys like Andre Miller, Derek Fisher, Boris Diaw, Robert Horry, who weren't known for being athletic, but we're probably the smartest players you'll see.
Again, every post you make is about athleticism, and you make it seem like it's the biggest draw to an NBA player. The reason why no one brings it up unless it's a freak like Blake or Wigggins? Because ATHLETES ARE ATHLETIC. It's...COMMON SENSE. Guys like Kobe and MJ are nowhere near as athletically gifted as Lebron or Durant, yet I'm sure everyone knows who's better. Just give the athleticism talk a rest, we get it, athletic players have their advantages, but it takes so much more than that at the NBA level.