Mother lode or fool's gold?
Well, Trevor, let's get the hype machine cranked up as well as the Delorean for that matter (for all you
Coming out of Memphis as a one-and-done player, Rose drew comparisons to
Well, it is pretty clear that Rose is not matching up to these guys especially in the point guard necessary assist and steals categories. I also don't think that he'll come close to matching these three players' numbers this season. He is simply not as good a passer as people thought he was coming out of college and he is not nearly the defender either, which shows in his lackluster steal totals. In addition he's a sub-par shooter, so he will continue to hover around 15 points per game and won't attempt or make many threes (he has exactly one made three-pointer this season). I have to give Rose a Fool's Gold for not matching up with these three elite point guards when comparing sophomore campaigns', and I also think he'll continue to be Fool's Gold when compared to Kidd, Paul, and Williams throughout his career.
Through 20 games: 31.9 MIN, 15.4 PTS, 45.5 FG%, 23.1 3PT% 85.5 FT%, 6.8 REB, 1.1 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.6 BLK
Like Rose, Beasley played one year in college (Kansas State) before entering the 2008 draft. He drew comparisons to
Beasley is simply not as good as a young Coleman was at this point and I don't think he will be by season's end. I don't necessarily blame Beasley's talent level either. The problem is
Going into the 2008 draft, Mayo drew comparisons to Ben Gordon and
A common theme with all three is their lack of production in non-shooting categories. Mayo definitely matches up favorably to these two players, but the fact that he was compared to Gordon and Hamilton also shows that the 2008 NBA draft only went two superstars deep. Rose was being compared to two of the top three point guards in the league (Nash being the third) and a Hall of Fame point guard in Kidd. Beasley was considered to be similar to Coleman who would have been a Hall of Famer if he had his head screwed on straight. Gordon and Hamilton are solid NBA players but they are certainly not in the class of Paul, Deron Williams, Kidd or Coleman. For the purposes of this article, however, Mayo is living up to the hype so he gets a Mother Lode from me.
(All stats up to date as of 12/8/09)