Isn't Anyone Excited About Ryan Anderson?

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  1. ghoti

    ghoti A PhD in Horribleness

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    I expected Yi to look like a great prospect, and he does. Lopez is ahead of where I thought he would be, but he was always going to have some value because of his size (and he was a lottery pick).

    But Ryan Anderson is exceeding any expectation I had for him. He had every excuse to beg off and sit and learn, but he has imposed himself into the rotation because he is an excellent basketball player.

    I feel like the Nets went from having no future to a very bright one because of this draft and the Yi trade. I am really happy with Kiki right now.
     
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    He's looked good. I am disappointed with Lopez though. I was expecting a more NBA ready player. He clearly has a lot to learn.
     
  3. #1_War_Poet_ForLife

    #1_War_Poet_ForLife The Baker of Cakes

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    Anderson has looked so good so far. Really fights for the ball night in and night out, even if his shot isn't falling (though he hasn't shot terribly).
     
  4. ghoti

    ghoti A PhD in Horribleness

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    I watched so many Stanford games last year. If you had, your expectations would be even lower than mine.

    Lots of teams need a solid big man with legit size who isn't a stiff, and now the Nets have one. He's fine.
     
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    Dumpy Yi-ha!!

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    He's shown a nose for the ball, but he like every young net needs to get better defensively and without fouling.
     
  7. MisterMontross

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    I think RA could possibly become an actual, better than average (and maybe better than that) player.

    But excited? No.

    But I'm certainly hoping for the best.
     
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    I think Lopez has looked pretty good minus last night. In game one he looked good with 8 and 8 and couple of blocks and in game 2 he had 10 and 8 as well as some major plays and ferocious dunks. Not much more you can ask for from a Rookie.
     
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    ghoti A PhD in Horribleness

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    Weren't you the one saying that we should all be happy if we get enjoyment out of watching our favorite team even if they don't win?

    Not being excited about a player having more potential than expected doesn't seem to jibe with that.
     
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    I've been impressed, but besides him getting more consistent on his 3 pt shot, I don't see him becoming that much better than he is now.
     
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    I Think Lopez has looked great aside from last night, the first 2 games he's done everything solid. If your basing him off of ppg then i can see your argument but what do you expect on this team, our big men get limited touches. I've watched lopez call for the ball night in and out with good position only to not get it but then recieves it in a crappy position outside the paint.

    Back to Anderson, yea he looks good but he's gotta play within himself. By that i mean stop making so many turnovers by doing too much. he forces too many issues, but other then that he's solid.
     
  12. Petey

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    ... yeahhh Kiki! If we don't get James, or Bosh... or Wade... or whomever, I hope he's not the guy who's gonna lead our free agent charge.

    But I have been surprised with Anderson, and rather happy too.

    -Petey
     
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    Damn. Are you forcing me into bringing into play that I've followed the NBA for 45+ years and am 58 years old.

    Excited about a Nets' player's potential?

    Not in the least.

    I'll be very happy if he turns into a real player, whichh he certainly could.

    But I'm not discouraging Nets' fans to get excited about RA. Hell get excited about Ager's and Boone's potential.

    GO NETS.
     
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    I'm very pleased with Ryan. I'm especially pleased with how he rebounds and is able to battle inside and get off decent shots near the basket against longer, ostensibly more athletic players. He adds to that a very decent handle and agility with the ball for a man his size.

    The consistency of his long distance jumper is what will ultimately determine the level of player he becomes. Early results haven't been great, but his FG% is improving, and the look and ease of his 3-point release, as well as his shooting success in college, suggests it's just a matter of time and comfort in the flow of the offense before that part of his game starts to blossom at the NBA level.

    He already shows flashes of high BB intelligence. So do CDR, Brook, and Yi, for that matter, which is probably what makes me most optimistic for the future of the team and the rapidity with which I expect they can improve. They aren't just athletes or guys with individual skills or physical advantages. They seem already ahead of the curve in understanding team concepts. Each has made at least 3-4 passes or 3-4 steals since the opening of preseason that were possible only because of good court awareness and anticipation of where a teammate or opponent was about to go.

    So I think Ryan was an outstanding and gutsy pick. Since it seems Kiki's influence has been greatest in the Yi trade and drafting of Ryan -- not to mention his supposedly hard work in making the Kidd trade happen -- I agree he deserves special commendation for his work since joining the team.
     
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    Was all that a swipe at Sean Williams? :devilwink:
     
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    Not intentionally, no, but I see now that the omission does say something about how I value Williams vs. those other players.

    The bottom line is that Sean really has only one NBA level skill, and that's shot blocking, primarily in help situations. He really has no position because of the dichotomies in his size and skills. His body dictates that he be be a SF or swing 3/4 in the league, but he hasn't near enough dribbling ability or outside shooting to do that, and he has neither the inside strength, length, nor finesse to play in the post offensively.

    Looking at his jumpshot form, which isn't bad at all and is certainly better than his awkward jump hooks or improvised releases in the lane from back-to-the-basket moves, the Nets might do better to treat him as a hybrid forward project than as a big man project and spend the next year having him really working on his ball handling and shooting.
     
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    I'm more exited about Lopez than anyone else.

    The way he goes after rebounds, looks for block shots and actually sets up in the paint is something the Nets haven't had in years.

    Imagine if both Brook and Yi develop into their full potential, LeBron will be begging to play for us.
     
  18. kobimel

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    I've liked Ryan so far, but as GMJ said I don't see him improving as much as Lopez can, for example. He is definitely a good role player to have, though.
     
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    Ryan is as good as Boki right now. His upside is somewhere between Boki and KVH. He's a big man who can shoot threes and can also rebound. I am very excited at watching him develop and contribute.

    He certainly has weaknesses, though, one of which is that he's only comfortable shooting from roughly north of the free-throw line. As far as I can tell he hasn't attempted a corner 3 in either the summer league or thus far this season, which is where you normally expect your long-range shooting PF to line up. The Nets can take advantage of this somewhat, by playing inside-out and posting Vince when Ryan is in the game. I don't know if they've tried that yet.
     
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    I agree about Brook. I'm a lot more excited about him than I was when we got him. He seemed like a guy who would be pretty good on offense, but a mediocre rebounder and poor defender, so I was thinking we got something between Boozer and Curry. I can't say I'd be terribly disappointed with an 18/8 center despite the poor defense, but after seeing him so far I've been impressed with his rebounding and defense above all else. His offense may not be as good as I'd hoped, but I think it'll be fine, and he may be able to turn into the good rebounding, good defending, good post option that any team with championship aspirations needs.

    Anderson has been impressive as well, he may wind up being a solid borderline starter, or maybe even another Al Harrington.
     
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