Sky wrote:Pinnock's hoop iq dwarfs Wafer's. Wafter can only create for himself and doesn't run the offense. Pinnock even at this early stage has a better grasp of the triangle than Wafer.
Pinnock has shown the complete package. Create his own shot and set up others, pull up off the dribble and catch and shoot, finish, midrange, 3. Good handles. His man D needs some work, his team D is heady. Smart court awareness, pretty good passer. Wafer is faster laterally, but he was overplaying for steals not manning up.
Pinnock measured 6-4 in shoes with a 6-7 1/2 wingspan and a standing reach of 8-4 1/2. Size is not a big issue. Directional speed defensively is the only area where Pinnock loses out to Wafer. But if Von is overgambling for steals and getting beat off the dribble constantly, that speed edge is irrelevant becuase he isn't using it to defend.
Let's not forget that Von Wafer will turn 21 in about 11 days and Pinnock will turn 23 in December. The two year differenc is something one has to factor in when talking about a young baller such as Wafer.
Wafer has better overall athleticism and is bigger, Pinnock has more experience and a better mental approach to the game. Wafer has the better upside and Pinnock has the game that fits now, but would he get signifcant minutes behind Kobe, Evans, Sasha, Smush, and Farmar?
Sasha had a putrid summer league last year and improved throughout last season. Maybe Wafer will do the same maybe he won't, but there's no denying that he has the better NBA upside, talent, and build. He just needs to start working on the mental aspect and do it quickly.