In the NO Podcast Episode 124: The RPG and AD is already Dominating
As Anthony Davis continues to get long minutes, Ryan and Michael area already starting to debate wether Skynet is the best player on the floor in each game. We also talk about Darius Miller’s big minutes, Lance Thomas’ possible role as an Rocket Propelled Grenade, whether Eric Gordon and Aminu have checked out – and if Brian Roberts is the new point guard of the future. Cuz you know he is.
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We always talk about how AD's game will take a step forward when he bulks up or when he develops a skill to that next level, but I'm also excited to see how his athleticism progresses. I think it's easy to forget how these young players come into the league and develop their athleticism. He is still so awkward, and I think it's partially because he hasn't grown into his body yet. I'm not expecting Blake Griffin explosiveness, but I cannot wait to see what he'll look like after he has some time to work with professional strength/speed guys for an offseason. You guys touched on both positive (assists) and non-negatives (no TOs), and Ryan mentioned the effect that Miller has on offense. And yeah, it's not like he's doing anything spectacular, but he's seeing things that basketball players should see, and that's my biggest beef with Aminu. It's easy to see guys reaching the stratosphere on dunks, or blowing by people, but there's something to be said about players who just know how to play basketball, and I'm tired of watching the Julian Wrights and Aminus on the court, because we're playing 4 on 5. I don't think Miller will ever be a starter, but largely, you can plug him in here and there and expect him not to do anything stupid. Also, something about the way he runs reminds me of a choo-choo train, and I like choo-choo trains, so that's another bonus.
I really want to see Davis and Anderson on the court together moving forward. In my opinion it doesn't matter if they struggle defensively this season. Give Davis the summer to add some size and in the meantime let them learn each others games on the court. Ryan Anderson is probably one of the best bench players in the league, but there's no reason why we should be limiting him to that role - he would start on most of the playoff teams in this league so why not let him do the same for us.