I’m not even gonna try to write a better lede because Matt Norlander’s was perfect. “What, only three potential first-round picks for UK this year? For most schools, this is a dream scenario. For Kentucky, it’s a down year.”
The CBS Sports writer has a new series where he compares players heading into the NBA with their collegiate predecessors. It’s a fun game to play, one that we play more often with incoming recruits instead of outgoing players. Norlander’s version of the game is fun because it’s not just “Murray plays like Jodie Meeks;” he has more fun variables than that. Just a few:
- Measurements most closely resemble
- Stats most closely resemble
- Probably won’t be as good as
- Most probably career arc/impact
Here are a few of my favorite to wet your taste buds.
Most probable career arc/impact: Patrick Patterson
Mandatory reminder: This specific section is not about comparing position vs. position or similar game styles. Rather, it’s the closest parallel to a certain success rate, regardless of position. In that case, Patterson is a good example. He’s been a reliable role player since entering the league, has a career 112 ORtg and a PER of 13.56. Ulis can be that, I think.
Can be better than: Andrew Harrison, Darius Miller, Archie Goodwin, James Young
Murray’s ability to score in myriad ways from 15 feet and out should set him up well at the pro level. His game is more made for the NBA than college, too. He’s not just a spot-up shooter, but he can average 10 per game based on that action alone. He’s much more dangerous offensive than the four guys mentioned above. Once he puts on some muscle and strengthens his handle, he can become a top-10 3-point shooter in the pros.
Probably won’t be as good as: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns
Yeah, this goes without saying. Those three can be the three best big men in the NBA by this time next season, and no way Labissiere is entering this group. That’s obviously no knock on him. He’s not even the same kind of big man as those three, who are all distinct from each other in their skills and styles, too.