Rooscooter wrote:He's not really a good fit with this offense IMO. When he has the ball at the point he very effective and not so much floating around the outside or spotting up.
I still think he's got the best chance of our new players of getting to the next level. He's got the complete fundamental game outside of free throw shooting as a foundation. What he needs is a good development coach to get him there. MDA isn't known for that unfortunately.
SA does wonders with players that have some ability in terms of developing them. I really like Xavier and want him around. He can make plays for himself; he's not really a playmaker for others, though. he shines best under MDA when he has th ball at the point in order to attack looking to score. I wish his handle were a little better, but it's not bad. I just think he needs more reps for him to get to the next level because he has the physical tools and appears to have a resilient mindset.
At the beginning of the year I thought the lakers would be lucky if any of the bargain bin signings panned out, and the only one I felt truly good about was Farmar -- I felt he could contribute right away. But I've been pleasantly surprised not only by Farmar (who has played better than expected), but also Xavier, Young and Johnson. It'll be interesting to see who sticks next year. I think they can't afford to lose a young talent like xavier, though. Way too much upside to nickel and dime him.