dj vitus wrote:
So... one report says he's a terrible defender... and then another report says he's a great defender?
Looks like we'll have to wait a whole season to see if he's good or not.
Well we could probably tell a few games into this season...
From what I've read he's a SMART defender. He knows defense. He just doesn't have a ton of lateral quickness or explosiveness, so at the NBA level he'll get blown by around the perimeter. Inside he's got a decent frame and good instincts so he might be more suited to guard Centers in the NBA.
From what I've read we can expect some Luke Walton-esque issues defensively. He knows WHAT to do, he just might not be able to do it. But unlike Luke, Ryan Kelly still has some space to grow there. He's improved every year in college as an athlete. He put on 30 pounds of mostly muscle in his time at Duke. He's a hard worker.
I anticipate he'll look a lot like Ryan Anderson if he can stay/get healthy and if he has some opportunities to play.