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NBA PM: The Importance of Draymond Green

Draymond Green has surprisingly emerged as one of the Warriors’ most important players this season.

Alex Kennedy



The Importance of Draymond Green

The Golden State Warriors’ well-rounded roster is full of key contributors who helped this squad win 67 games in the regular season (with a +10.1 net rating) and become one of the best NBA teams in recent memory.

Stephen Curry is the superstar MVP candidate who has become one of the most talented (and most popular) players in the NBA.

Klay Thompson is the All-Star sidekick who is one of the NBA’s elite two-guards and was deemed untouchable last summer, even when Kevin Love was available.

Andrew Bogut is the former No. 1 overall pick who helped the team become elite on the defensive end by being their anchor down low.

Andre Iguodala is the former All-Star and All-Defensive First Team player who was the team’s big free agent acquisition before the 2013-14 season.

Harrison Barnes is the phenom who was rated the top high school recruit in the country and got drafted No. 7 overall in 2012.

Steve Kerr is the first-year head coach who was one of the NBA’s hottest coaching prospects last summer and finished second in Coach of the Year voting.

Then, there’s Draymond Green. He has surprisingly emerged as one of Golden State’s top contributors even though he wasn’t a top pick, phenom or star. He has exceeded all expectations in the NBA and his development has been incredible to watch. rated Green a three-star recruit out of high school. After four years at Michigan State, he entered the NBA as a second-round pick (35th overall) in 2012. There were low expectations for him because he was one of the older players in the draft and many people around the NBA felt he didn’t have much upside. In the draft, teams often try to swing for the fences and go with young, boom-or-bust prospects, which can cause seniors like Green to slip on draft night. Also hurting his stock was the fact that he was viewed as a tweener, who was too short to be a power forward yet too doughy to be a small forward.

DraymondGreenInside1Now, the 25-year-old Green has silenced all of his doubters. In his first full season as a starter, Green has been outstanding on both ends of the floor and become one of the Warriors’ most important players.

“It’s hard to put into words what Draymond means to the team,” Kerr said. “He does everything; he’s a jack of all trades. On top of that, he’s one of our leaders and the guy who talks the most trash to the other team, to the refs, to his teammates, to me. He’s kind of our life line. It’s great. … Draymond is always the guy who has the passion and the intensity that sort of lifts us up when we need it, and he’s also a great playmaker at both ends of the floor.”

As Kerr said, Green has become a great two-way threat for the Warriors.

He’s a dominant defender, who has the versatility to guard every position on the floor. He averaged 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks during the regular season. Despite being measured at just 6’7.5 with shoes on, he has shown he can guard centers very well, giving them fits in the post. He’s a big reason why the Warriors had the NBA’s top ranked defense this season (allowing only 98.2 points per 100 possessions). Green finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting behind only San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, and he received more first-place votes (45) than any other player – including Leonard (37).

On offense, he has averaged career-highs across the board, including 11.7 points on 44.3 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from three-point range as well as 3.7 assists. He’s an efficient playmaker who always seems to make the right basketball play. He makes his teammates significantly better with his unselfishness and ball movement, and he has really developed into a well-rounded weapon for Golden State.

This versatility and ability to impact the game in a variety of ways was on full display during the Warriors’ first-round sweep over the New Orleans Pelicans. Green filled the stat sheet, averaging 15.8 points, 12.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.3 blocks while shooting 47.9 percent from the field in the first round.

Green spent much of the series guarding Anthony Davis, making things difficult for the budding superstar and showing his ability to guard even the most talented big men in the NBA. He forced the Pelicans’ star to take tough shots and was a big reason why Davis averaged 3.3 turnovers during the four-game series (after averaging just 1.4 turnovers during the regular season). Green’s second-place DPOY finish was announced during the series and he certainly looked like an elite defender in the first round, while also contributing on offense and getting the crowd pumped up with his screaming, flexing, trash talking and hustling.

“He’s a gamer,” Curry said of Green. “He finds different ways to impact the game. Obviously we know he’s going to defend at a high level, whoever his match‑up is, and make some plays that won’t show up on the stat sheet that kind of get the crowd into it and just bring some life into us out on the floor. He just always finds a way to be in the mix. There is no teaching that. He just has a knack for it. He’s shown that since his rookie year, and obviously in big games, that’s huge that you can rely on him to be ever present on the court.”

Green averaged 41.5 minutes per game (just shy of Davis’ 43 minutes per game) during the series because Kerr knew the team was better off when he was on the court, even if he was tired. When asked about how he manages Green’s minutes and decides when to keep him on the floor, Kerr smiled.

“I ask Draymond if he’s tired, and if he says no, I leave him in. If he says yes, I leave him in,” Kerr said. “It’s a very scientific approach.”

Green knows that the Warriors have a target on their back after winning so many games and entering the postseason as the favorite to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. However, he’s not worried about how that will affect Golden State since they already expect so much out of themselves.

“The last two years you’re the hunters; now you’re the hunted,” Green said of the Warriors. “You have to go out there with that mindset that they’re coming. They’re going to give you their best shot. The world expects you to win, so I guess there is a little more pressure. But at the end of the day, with what we expect out of ourselves, nobody’s expectations are going to be higher than ours for us. I think as long as we keep that mindset, we’ll be just fine.”

Some people have questioned if Golden State has what it takes to win it all, labeling the Warriors as a “jump shooting team” and wondering if they can still win games when their shots aren’t falling. However, this ignores the fact that Golden State had the league’s best defense and one of the NBA’s most efficient offenses. They’re just the third team in the last 38 years to finish top two in the NBA in offense and defense (joining the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and 2009-10 Orlando Magic). This is a dominant team that can beat you on both ends of the court, which Green stressed when asked about those skeptics who question if their success is sustainable.

“That’s just stigma – there is this expectation and belief that we can’t win if we’re not making threes, yet we’re the number one defensive team in the league,” Green said. “But that’s never really talked about. We know if we continue to get stops, no matter how we’re shooting the basketball, we can find a way to win the game.

“We know that we’re more than what some people may say we are: ‘just a three‑point shooting team.’ We don’t worry about it. We just go out there and play our game, and we know we can do other things.”

That defense has been led by Bogut and Green, who finished No. 1 and No. 2 in Defensive Real Plus-Minus during the 2014-15 NBA season. Having two elite defenders surrounding their offensively gifted All-Star guards makes Golden State very scary.

“We’re just working together like we’ve done all year,” Green said of he and Bogut. “I think we’ve done a great job working together as a tandem on the defensive end. If he gets beat, I’m there to cover for him. If I get beat, he’s there to cover for me.”

While the Warriors have looked absolutely unstoppable at times throughout this campaign, Green believes they haven’t even played their best basketball yet.

“Absolutely, there is definitely another level [that the team hasn’t reached yet],” Green said.  “We’re going to keep continuing to work to get to that level. Obviously every game matters now.

“In order to win a championship, which is our ultimate goal, you have to get better each and every time you step on the floor in the playoffs because other teams are.  There is another level that this team could reach, and we look forward to reaching it.”

In order for the Warriors to reach that next level, they will need Green to continue making plays all over the court like he did in round one. That shouldn’t be a problem; that’s what he does. These playoffs are Green’s coming out party – right before he hits restricted free agency this July, when he’s expected to get a max contract offer. Expect to see plenty of big plays from Green throughout the rest of the postseason followed by screaming, flexing and, likely, winning.

Tim Duncan Winning Fight Against Father Time

The San Antonio Spurs are damn good and they could win it all (once again) this season.

I know… this isn’t exactly breaking news. We’ve been saying this for years, since the Spurs have made the playoffs in 18 straight seasons and won five championships in that span. Their winning percentage has been 61 percent or higher (at least 50 wins, except in a lockout-shortened season) in each of those 18 seasons. That means there are high school and college students across the country right now who can’t remember a time when the Spurs finished below 50 wins in a season.

And once again Tim Duncan has been a huge reason for their success. Duncan is one of the greatest players of all-time, with five championships, two Most Valuable Player awards, 15 All-Star appearances and 14 selections to the All-NBA teams. Now, even though he’s 39 years old and has played 54,915 minutes (counting the regular season and postseason) throughout his 17-year NBA career, he continues to make a significant impact on the court for San Antonio.

Duncan is averaging 17.2 points (on 55.4 percent shooting from the field), 10.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 steals through five games in the Spurs’ first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. It seemed like this match-up against the Clippers’ frontcourt would be hard for Duncan since Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are two of the most athletic big men in the NBA. However, he has played well and continues to battle off Father Time.

“I’m just getting to spots,” Duncan said. “I didn’t change anything. I didn’t do anything different. I just kind of worked myself into the spots I know that we need. I get shots sometimes, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes they go, sometimes they don’t.”

While Duncan hasn’t changed what he’s doing on the floor, he has tried to change the way he approaches each game. He knows that his NBA career will be over very soon, so he’s trying to appreciate each game and take in everything.

“I’m trying to enjoy myself,” Duncan said. “I’m trying to enjoy myself, whatever that means. I know it’s coming to an end… whenever that time is, so I’m enjoying myself. I’m enjoying the time out here and the crowd, the energy, the situation, and if that translates into something different, that’s something different then.”

Duncan admits that it has been frustrating at times to make sacrifices and accept a diminished role as he gets older, but he knows that it’s for the best of the team, especially with players like Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard carrying the team for spurts. When asked if there’s still “a lot left” in terms of what he can do on the court, Duncan was realistic.

“I think ‘a lot’ is a stretch, but I still feel right now I can be effective in my role,” Duncan said. “And that’s all I’m doing is just playing a role on this team.

“I’m a competitor. I want to be playing the best I can, and there have been times where I feel I’m just kind of running around for my health, but sometimes that’s my role. Sometimes it’s with the ball movement, with the guys that we have, with the shooters that we have, with Tony and Kawhi controlling the ball. That’s kind of my role in that position sometimes. But I’m here to do whatever I have to do and be a part of whatever I have to be a part of. I get to my spots, and [things] will change, whether it’s from game to game or from series to series, whatever it is, you have to find your spots and be as effective as you can in it. It is [hard mentally] at some points, but it’s a gradual process. It’s over an entire season or two or three seasons [of adjusting to the new role], not just overnight.”

Still, Duncan understands why he doesn’t get the same amount of touches that he used to, as he’s the first person to point out that one of the Spurs’ biggest strengths is their depth.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen on any given night, but we’re willing to go 10 deep and figure out what happens from there,” Duncan said. “We [rely] on a bunch of different guys to step up.”

Over the last two games, Duncan has contributed 43 points, 25 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks, while shooting 61.5 percent from the field. When asked about Duncan’s excellent production recently, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said what everyone was thinking.

“I thought Duncan was terrific… He’s Tim Duncan,” Rivers said.

We have come to expect these monster stat lines and impressive playoff victories from Duncan, even at 39 years old, because he has been consistently great for nearly two decades now. And somehow, even with so many NBA miles on his body, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Father Time is undefeated, but Duncan is giving him a hell of a fight.

Alex Kennedy is the Managing Editor of Basketball Insiders and this is his 10th season covering the NBA. He is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.




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NBA Daily: Tacko Fall Out To Prove He’s More Than Tall

Most of the attention centered around Tacko Fall stems from his height, but after an impressive combine outing, he’s out to prove that there’s so much more to him.

Matt John



Tacko Fall was one of the many participants who attended the NBA Draft Combine this past week in Chicago.

By so doing, the combine retrieved all of his official measurements as a player such as his height, weight, and wingspan among others. After the combine was over, Fall had the following measurements.

Height (without shoes): 7’5 ¼’’
Height (with shoes): 7’7″
Weight: 289 pounds
Wingspan: 8’2 ¼’’
Standing Reach: 10’2 ½”
Vertical Leap: 26.5″

Those measurements set many records at the combine. So, in case you didn’t know it before, growing has never exactly been an issue for Tacko Fall. Even though the findings that measured how freakishly tall Fall is shocked the masses, none of them really fazed the man himself as long as that meant he wasn’t going to grow anymore.

“I kind of already knew so I wasn’t really surprised,” Fall said. “I don’t think I’m going to keep growing. I think it’s just going to stay there. Hopefully. We’ll see.”

Fall’s physical advantages made him look like a man among boys in his four years at the University of Central Florida. The Senegal native averaged 2.4 blocks and 7.7 rebounds – in only 23 minutes per game – and put up a scorching field goal percentage of 74 percent over the four-year span of his college career. Basically, Fall’s good stats mainly come from his unrivaled length.

During his time at the combine, Fall believes that sticking to his guns and not doing things out of his comfort zone made him look good to spectators.

“I think I’m doing pretty good,” Fall said. “I’m holding my own. I’m not going out there doing anything out of character. I’m staying true to myself. I’m playing hard. I’m talking. I’m running hard. I’m doing everything that I need to do.”

Despite his towering presence, Fall is not expected to be a high selection in this year’s NBA Draft, if he is selected at all. Not many mock drafts at the time being list his name among those who will be taken, and the ones that do have him among one the last selections in the draft.

Some of his primary critiques as a player include his low assist-to-turnover ratio and his faulty shooting mechanics. The biggest one of them all is his lack of mobility. Being as tall as he is would make it hard for anyone to move around well enough to compete with NBA offenses that rely more on quickness and spacing now than it did on mass.

The concerns surrounding Tacko’s mobility were made loud and clear to him. That’s why he believed he had something to prove to the skeptics at the combine.

“For people my size that’s the biggest thing that they’re looking for,” Fall said. “‘Can he move?’ ‘Can he keep up with the game?’ ‘Can he run the floor?’ ‘Can he step out and guard?’ I feel like I have the ability to do those things. So, coming in here and having the opportunity to play against great competition and showing my abilities have been a great blessing for me.”

Before the combine, Fall’s stock benefited from his final performance as a college basketball player. Tacko and the ninth-seeded Knights fought the first-seeded Blue Devils until the very end but ultimately lost 77-76. Fall had much to do with UCF’s near-upset over Duke, putting up 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes before fouling out.

That game did a lot for Tacko’s belief in himself as a player leading to the combine. Putting up that kind of stat line against one of the best college basketball programs with three top-10 prospects with so much on the line had to make him feel good about his chances. He said as much following his performance at the combine.

“That was definitely one of the best games in my college basketball career,” Fall said. “It helps build confidence. You go toe-to-toe with those people. You think, ‘Wow I can really do this.’ All you have to do is keep working and working and keep proving that you can step out there and compete every night.”

For some prospects, the NBA Combine is nothing more than just a formality. In fact, multiple prospects for this upcoming draft – including RJ Barrett, Rui Hachimura, and consensus No. 1 pick Zion Williamson – decided to skip out on it. For prospects who are on the bubble like Tacko, it’s a rare opportunity to show that there’s more to them than what they showed in college.

Fall recognized the importance of the occasion and voiced his appreciation for the chance he had to show everyone who attended what he can bring to a basketball court.

“It’s been a great experience,” Fall said. “I’m blessed to be here. I worked really hard. I thank God I’m in this position. I just got to take advantage of it.”

Tacko’s efforts impressed scouts and media members alike. There have been rumblings that his play at the combine has further increased his stock in the NBA Draft. Even with all the work he’s put in and the ambition he has to make it to the biggest stage, Fall is soaking it all in.

“I’m enjoying it because not a lot of people get the opportunity to come here,” Fall said. “I’ve worked really hard and God put me in this position. I’m just trying to enjoy it.”

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NBA Daily: Bruno Fernando Is Ready To Take On The NBA

After his sophomore season at Maryland, Bruno Fernando is confident that he is ready to take on the NBA, writes James Blancarte.

James Blancarte



The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery kicked off the draft season in a shocking way as numerous teams jumped into the top four due to the new draft structure. After the Lottery, it’s a bit easier to predict the order in which Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett will be selected. Who gets drafted after that, and in what order, is still very much unclear. There are some consensus players in the upper half of the first round. After that, things get very interesting.

Expect the mock draft boards to be all over the place as we move closer to this year’s draft, especially after going through the Combine. Many once less-heralded players show up to the Combine with eye-opening physical measurements, impress in workouts and scrimmages and demonstrate a level of professional polish, among other things.

Last year, after his Freshman season as Maryland, center Bruno Fernando participated in the draft process. Fernando did not sign with an agent and ultimately returned to Maryland where he continued to raise his profile. This year, Fernando again participated in the Combine and spoke with Basketball Insiders.

“I think what’s different this time around is just how much easier it’s gotten. For me, how much more comfortable I am. How much easier it is. Obviously, you know what to expect,” Fernando told Basketball Insiders. “I think just really being here and being around the guys on the team has been a completely different experience than I had last year. This year I know a lot more of the guys. I’ve been working out with a lot of different guys. I think it’s just been a much, much better experience.”

Starting all but one game his sophomore year, Fernando averaged 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and two assists per game. These averages were a significant jump over his freshman year. Fernando uses an aggressive, mobile game at and around the basket to do his damage. After solidifying his game on the court, he felt comfortable enough signing with an agent and letting Maryland know he wouldn’t be returning for his junior year. Fernando is now confident about his positioning in the draft, which played a factor in his decision to not play in five-on-five scrimmages.

“Last year I was in a position where I didn’t really know where I stand as much. Last year I had to find out a lot of things coming into the combine,” Fernando said. “And this year I think I am in a position just by talking to my agent and my coaches where I feel like I’m in a position where I’m a lot comfortable compared to last year, in a much better place. Having that that feedback from teams really, my agent really felt like that was the best decision for me not to play five-on-five.”

Fernando’s offensive prowess and athletic upside have him looking like a solid first-round pick. According to the Basketball Insiders version 3.0 mock draft, Fernando is projected to go anywhere from 14th- 29th overall. Tommy Beer projects him to go 25th. Being drafted in the first-round, in general, portends a better career as teams find themselves with a greater financial stake in the player and accordingly will be pinning higher hopes for that prospect.

At 6-foot-10, Fernando projects as a low post threat with excellent handwork who can score with a variety of moves down low as well as a lob threat. Fernando also occasionally takes advantage of steal and breakaway opportunities to run the floor and score easy points with his ferocious dunking ability. He didn’t do much damage from distance, although his shooting stroke and mechanics make that part of his game a potential future weapon in his arsenal. Fernando addressed that very point.

“The part of my game that is unseen so far is my ability to space the floor. My ability to dribble the ball and put the ball on the floor, take guys off the dribble and my shooting ability,” Fernando told Basketball Insiders. “I really think my shooting ability is something that people don’t notice that I am able to shoot the ball. Just because of my situation in Maryland where I didn’t really take many shots. You know, I never really had to come outside and try to play outside. You know we had a lot of really good players on the perimeter. I think it’s really just a matter of me staying to true to myself, who I am and trying to win in the best way possible.”

Any team in need of a possible pick-and-roll threat who can score down low should keep an eye on Fernando. Whether a team believes that Fernando can also be successful as a stretch big is not as clear. Where Fernando ends up is still totally up in the air. Regardless, he’s grateful for the opportunity to be the first representative from his own home country of Angola to play in the NBA and made it clear that he has been hearing from other Angola natives.

“Sending a lot of love and positive energy, lot of words of encouragement for me and I think it is really special to get those text messages,” Fernando told Basketball Insiders. “Having people from home texting me every single day. Just knowing that a whole nation is behind me. I’m here fighting and sacrificing to make a dream come true, something that will not just benefit me but a whole nation.”

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NBA Daily: Who Is Cam Reddish?

An underwhelming season at Duke casts a shadow over Cam Reddish, who oozes talent and potential. Shane Rhodes looks to answer the question: Who is Cam Reddish?

Shane Rhodes



“I’m Cam Reddish.”

Cam Reddish gave the tongue-in-cheek response Thursday at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine when asked “who he is” as a basketball player.
But who is Reddish?

A former high school phenom, five-star recruit and projected top pick, Reddish was expected to flourish at Duke University under the watch of Mike Krzyzewski. When R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson later followed him to Durham, North Carolina, the three were expected to take the NCAA by storm.

Things didn’t quite go as planned.

While he is still a projected lottery pick, the jury is out on just who Reddish is and how his game will translate to the NBA. A dominant force in high school, the reserved 19-year-old took a backseat to Barrett and Williamson as the three tried but failed to capture a National Championship in their lone season together at Duke.

When compared to the sky-high expectations that were set for him, Reddish underwhelmed mightily as a Blue Devil, and that played a major part in their failure. Relegated to the role of a spot-up shooter and the third option on offense, Reddish averaged an okay, not good 13.5 points on just 12 attempts across 36 games. He managed a meager 35.6% from the field (33.3% from three) and dished out just 1.9 assists per game. When he had the ball, he often deferred to Barrett and Williamson, too often for some.

The focal point of his high school team at Westtown School, Reddish was lauded for the ability that made him a top recruit. He oozed (and still oozes) athleticism – Reddish, who weighed in at 208 pounds, was measured as 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot wingspan at the Combine – and is as versatile as they come. At Westtown, Reddish ran the point, while he spent most of his time at the two-guard or in the front-court at Duke. He was an aggressive, efficient scorer that had no problem getting what he wanted on the floor with the ball in his hands.

But at Duke, that player that Reddish was, the aggressiveness and ease at which he operated, seemed to disappear for long stretches. Those struggles have cast a large shadow over someone that had the look of a future superstar, and Reddish’s draft stock has taken a hit as a result. While some still stand behind him and his talent, plenty of others have faded Reddish in favor of other prospects.

But, at the Combine, Reddish isn’t dwelling on what was or what could have been at Duke. He just trying to learn and get back to being that do-it-all force that he was.

“I’m just trying to learn about the NBA process,” Reddish said. “I’m just trying to get back to who I can be, who I am.”

But that begs the question: who, exactly, is Reddish, and what could he do at the NBA level?

“I feel like I can do everything,” Reddish said. “I was more of a shooter this year – I don’t want to classify myself as just a shooter. I feel like if I just go out there and play my game, I can do a variety of things.”

“Once I show that, I should definitely move up [draft boards].”

There were plenty of flashes of that player during his short stint at Duke. Reddish, at times, seemed to will the ball into the basket, while his shooting stroke appeared to be as good as advertised. He had a knack for performing in the clutch, with multiple shots to win or tie the game for Duke, or keep them in it down the stretch when the others started to fade. The wing managed double-digit points in 23 games, 15 of which he posted 15 or more points (with 20 or more points in eight of those). Reddish managed 18 multi-steal performances and recorded a block or more in 16 games as well.

Wrap all of that up with his plus-defensive ability, and Reddish could very well prove the type of player that could do a little bit of everything for an NBA squad. But he can bring more than that, not only on the court, but off the court as well.

While some may perceive his passiveness alongside Barrett and Williamson as a negative, a lack of “mamba-mentality” or killer instinct that many teams hope for in their top draft picks, Reddish could (and probably should) just as easily be applauded for his willingness to share the ball and step into an ancillary role on a team loaded with talent. As we saw this season with the Boston Celtics, who were projected by many to go challenge the Golden State Warriors for the Larry O’Brien trophy but flamed out against the Milwaukee Bucks after a season fraught with discontent, that can be hard to do on the biggest stage.

And, while he is the quiet type, Reddish made it a point to say that evaluators shouldn’t confuse that for laziness or lack of effort.

“I’m kind of reserved – my personality is kind of reserved – some people might take that as lazy or too laid back. But that’s not just who I am, I’m just a naturally reserved, calm guy.”

There were certainly issues, however.

Despite flashes, Reddish wasn’t the player he could be on anywhere near a consistent basis, even in a smaller role. His time at Duke revealed some major deficiencies in his game and presented some serious causes for concern; a penchant for bad shots, struggles close to the basket and the inability to maximize his athletic gifts. On more than one occasion, he looked to have turned the corner, only to drop another underwhelming performance soon after.

All of that doesn’t exactly bode well for Reddish’s transition to the NBA, regardless of the team that picks him on draft night.

But, the potential is there for him to be great. Now it’s on Reddish to capitalize on that potential.

Reddish could very well prove the most polarizing prospect in the 2019 Draft Class. His ability to maximize his natural talent and recapture the aggressiveness that pushed him to the top of his recruiting class could prove the difference between him becoming the next Jeff Green or the next Paul George

Or, should he really find himself at the next level, he could become the first Cam Reddish.

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