Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
Had no idea who Vesely was until I watched this "highlight" reel.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QZxGrVco3o
Watch at 2:42. This sounds ridiculous, but this one play tells me he will never amount to anything on defense. I've just gotten home from the bar, so I'll have to detail this later, but Vesely, on that play, lunges at the shooter and lands with his back facing the shooter. That's a cop-out move. I do that move now, at age 34, when I play because I know my left ankle will shatter if I land the right way and stay on defense as the guy goes past me. It's shitty defense, to only be used when you're athletically outmatched but don't want everyone to see. The fact that he's doing that at age 20 is, in my opinion, a HUGE red flag.
I'm interested to hear what others who have played basketball think.
Disclaimer: I've only played intramural and recreational ball, so I'm no expert. But I have made a "career" out of knowing how to play to compensate for limited height and athleticism.
FLMM, I wouldn't condemn him for that one play, he's simply too slow to stay with Flip Muray, who's what, 6'5"? However, if this is supposed to be his highlight reel, then I'm decidedly underwhelmed. His game looks like mine, only he's 8" taller than I am. I don't think this makes him an NBA prospect.
The main problems I see with his game are a lack of hand-eye coordination and a lack of physical maturity, but he's only 20. He has good lateral movement and seems to understand the game, but he fumbles passes, misses rebounds, doesn't box out well, and seems timid. He gets pushed around. On the one dunk I saw him make, he ended up about 3" higher than I could jump when I was his age. I don't see a lot of athleticism in his game right now and, even after he physically matures, the hand-eye coordination will probably remain an issue. I don't see him ever making much impact in the NBA.
I had the chance to watch Blake Griffin regularly when he was in college and to compare this guy with Griffin is laughable. Griffin is infinitely more athletic (look where Griffin's head is when he dunks, compared with this guy), had a better skill set in college (3-4 years ago), hustled non-stop, and worked on his game non-stop.