I don't live in Utah. It's sad. But as a result, when I look at the Jazz I get to see it from outside the bubble of Utah. The last few days my twitter time line seems to focus on only two things: the bachelorette and Damian Lillard. And I really don't know much about either. Well, I do know that there's some Utah guy on that show. And Lillard played college in Utah (so I guess, he's "also" some Utah guy) at Weber St. and is a PG who has three point range. And apparently Lillard is a hot commodity who will now be a taken somewhere between #5 and #10 according to some sources. I'm pretty open and vocal about my crushes, and how falling hard for a guy hurts. It hurts if the Utah Jazz do not end up picking him. And it hurts again if they do not experience the immediate career arc that they felt they should have had. It seems like lots of Jazz fans are crushing on Lillard right now -- and it will take specifically hell and/or high water to move up to a spot where we can pick him. (Why didn't we yell at the Jazz to move up so we could pick Roy Hibbert or Greg Monroe?)
Anyway, here are two NCAA PGs, and specifically their 'important' (I guess) stats from their freshman years playing in the NCAA. See if you can guess who they are.
Hint (to make it easier for you all): none of them are currently playing in the NBA.
One of them looks better from range, the other looks better at other facets of the game. Remember that comment I made a few posts ago about the difference between picking the best player vs. the best fit? Think about our team, and thing about our long term needs vs. our short term needs. Which of the two seems like the best fit. The guy who can help the developing bigs by shooting from the outside more, or the guy who can help the developing bigs by penetrating, drawing the defense, and passing to them? Really, both are fine. Perhaps in the long run one is more crucial. What that is, however, is an answer steeped in subjectivity.
Players are supposed to get better when they age. These are the freshman year stats for two PGs who played NCAA ball. Try to guess who they are. Try to see if immunity from their names makes you see different things in those two guards.