The time running up to the NBA draft is always interesting because it’s a combination of great hope and immense subterfuge.
As Coach K has said, most NBA players are role players to a greater or lesser extent but in the pre-draft period, guys are typically either flattered by media reports or manipulated by people who typically want to them to fall to them in the draft.
The various teams are good at planting doubts about players in the media. We don't think that’s the case in this piece on Duke’s Cam Reddish but it happens a lot.
In this particular piece, the reporter is pretty fair but watch these sort of pieces. You can almost hear the whisperers making their points in the background.
The funny thing to us is the idea that Reddish is a risky pick. You can criticize things about Reddish just like any other player, but look: he’s 6-9, he can run a team and can play at least three positions now and possibly four when he’s physically more mature - or at least responsibilities of four positions as we move further into position less basketball.
Shooting will take care of itself because the guy can clearly shoot and gets better when the game is on the line. The fast pace and open nature of NBA ball will help a lot too.
The only question about Reddish is the one he himself identified in high school: he needs to be more intense and consistent.
If he can show that he’s going to be very, very good.
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