ORIGINAL: David Levine
I think Ant has some good skills that could really help that team.
I guess I'm surprised that a coach doesn't put some restrictions on him on what he is allowed to do on the floor.
He seems very effective driving to the basket and making shots why not tell him he's limited to 5-6 (quality shots) a game and otherwise the needs to take it to the rack or pass up the ball.
As he works on his shot maybe at some point you can let him free.
Wouldn't some of this be on the head coaching all season?
If someone like me can see he's jacking up shots whenever he wants and very ineffective doing it, why wouldn't the coach address that very quickly?
I'm still a fan of Ant (kind of have to be I guess) but restrict him to what he does well and make him work on the rest of his game.
We'll see how the coaching aspect plays out. If Finch lives up to reputation, Ant may have a coach who can get him up to his considerable skill level. It's only been a handful of games and he will have an all star break to try implement some things. Ball was the obvious pick at #1 to everyone but Rosas. In Finch, we may have a coach who can keep it from being a Flynn over Curry level fiasco.
Unfortunately he's more "freak athlete" than "skilled basketball player".
He's so late to the game, I worry that he missed out on all those developmental years where you develop skills, instincts and BBIQ.
The idea of taking nuclear athletes and teaching them to play sounds great in theory, but it rarely works out.
One of the main differences between us and, say, the Grizzlies, is we target physical profiles and they target good basketball players - even if they aren't the biggest or fastest (like Clarke, Anderson, Tillman, Allen, Tyus, Bane, etc.)
I am not going to rule out a transition to skill player, given his age, relative inexperience and lack of any quality coaching. Not saying it's going to happen, I just think its a little premature to write him off. He's never going to be as good as Ball, but he could still be a good player.
"The eternal fate of the noble and enlightened: to be brutally crushed by the armed and dumb."