How do our treasured (and disliked) players on our team compare to other players in the NBA? Many fans build up their promising prospects and see them in rose-colored glasses.
Are we doing the same with our players? Hard to say. Today, I will be looking at many of our players and how they compare to the 4 players with stats most similar to each of them this season.
Note: I concede that this may be an insufficient comparison due to not including pace of the team's that they play on, the record of their team as well as many other factors. However, I think this analysis will still provide interesting information for which of our player's raw stats this year compare most closely too. Let's get this show on the road!
The array of players with similar stats to G-Time interested me. The two other top rookies (besides Trey) as well as the other player looking for a big payday this summer in Bledsoe. I also would not have guessed that Evans was having as identical of a year to Hayward either. Bledsoe looks like the best player out of the group slightly above Hayward due to his overall numbers and shooting percentages.
Burks has improved a lot this year. However, I would be lying if I said that I was overly impressed by the players he compares closest too. I believe Burks has much more potential than Jackson, Sessions, and Waiters. I think Burks could be what Gordon was in his prime and hopefully stay that way (22 pts, 4 asts, 3 rebs, 45 FG%, 38 MPG in his 3rd season).
Burke is doing good in that he is already at least an average point guard as a rookie. If his shooting percentage goes up he can go from a good to a great point guard as he already has solid facilitating skills. I hope for Burke to make the leap to Mike Conley's caliber within a couple of seasons.
Favors is developing quite nicely and I hope he continues to rise in the ranks of bigs in the NBA as a near all star. Being compared to Monroe and Gortat is not too shabby for the 4th year big who is on contract with us for another 4 seasons.
I wish Kanter made a bigger leap this season, but I still have promise for him as this season's situation was not very conducive to his environment. Hopefully he makes a jump next year. At least he already is shooting better and has better advanced stats than Boozer.
Okay we are done with the F5, how is RJ doing? Oh look at those droolworthy player comparisons. Quite lofty for our starting Small Forward. I'm glad to see we are playing a 33-year old poor man's Khris Middleton on an expiring contract over our chosen one Alec Burks, in a season for development!?! (3D's) All of my rage.... moving on
Marvin WIlliams is not my favorite but I do not hate him as a glue guy off the bench. Teams need their Boris Diaws or Glen Davis' when making a nice rotation of players. Interesting how well Carroll is doing for the Hawks. When he first came in to Utah, I did not expect Carroll to still be in the league at this point. Good on you junkyard dog. Marvin back for $3 Million per year and no more if he returns next year.
I laughed out loud when I saw the players that Evans compares closest to this year. I think some of us may overvalue him but at the same time he is doing awesome for a 2nd round pick. He is outperforming former number 1 pick Elton Brand as well as former first rounders Koufos and Davis. Love you Jeremy. Evans is a nice guy to have deep in the rotation for an energy guy.
Last but not least is RUDY GOBERT!!!!!!!!!!!! Rudy is already a defensive glutton who loves smacking and grabbing the ball whenever he gets the chance. He is already on par with former lottery pick big Biyombo. Can't wait to see what Rudy can do in the seasons to come.
Very interesting comparisons that our players have this season. Many of them I never would have guessed. Do you think any higher or lower of any of these players analyzed due to who they compare to? Which players would you take going forward? Thanks for reading and keep surviving this tough season.
JuMu, Over and Out!