Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by Rastapopoulos, May 23, 2020 at 10:23 AM.
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Stats don't tell the story of B Roy. He was a fundamentally gifted player who, IMO, was the second greatest closer (Dame Best) in Blazers history. He was great at driving to the hoop with either hand. Like Dame had a beautiful backspin stroke from outside. He was smootheeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Yeah he got to the hoop so easily and it was like it was in slow motion. I would consider Travis Outlaw our 2nd greatest closer of all time though. His resume is better than Roy’s.
Roy was in the vein of Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill, taller wings who could provide some point guard like play-making, in addition to being smooth scorers who could slash and finish as well as shoot mid-range jumpers and were streaky-decent from range (Roy was easily the best of the three from three-point range). Unfortunately, he was also like them in terms of his incredibly promising career being cut short early due to injury.
I remember a story Roy told, about how when he arrived at UDub, he was heavily reliant on athleticism. So Romar discouraged him dunking, to force him to develop the rest of his game. When I read that story, a couple of years after he was drafted, it was like an ah-ha moment--the knock on Roy coming into the NBA was that he didn't have the top-end athleticism so he was a lower-ceiling prospect, which is why he dropped to the sixth pick. But he actually did have that athleticism, he just purposely suppressed it. I remember him being described as "sneakily athletic" as a finisher, because people were still thinking of him in terms of the seemingly ground-bound college player.
Roy is always compared to thinner players. He was 6-6, built like a barrel, won us many games on clutch last-10-second shots, and made those game winners inside or outside at will. Comparisons should be to wide players, not smaller guys like Kobe, Beal, or Lillard.
Gotta find our angle of that dunk on the Clippers. You see B stare him down after. It's HILARIOUS!
Too bad his knees went to shit. Him and Lillard together would have been a force to be reckoned with
"Cheik, please... !"
Brandon Roy mix
Talking of Penny: Ja Morant = Penny Mk. 2. Change my mind!
Ja Morant - 6’3”
Penny Hardaway - 6’7”
Their games are similar, but that extra height at the PG spot was a significant difference.
Huh - I genuinely thought he was a lot taller (Ja, that is). I guess because he's so explosively athletic.
He's exciting to watch, but Penny was like 5 inches taller than him.
So I guess that makes him....
Actually, he’s got a lot of Dame in his game.
I see Baron Davis
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