Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday workout report: small forwards.

To be honest, I didn't get to see much of this workout. In fact, no one outside of team officials (and Mike Barrett) got to see much of Joe Alexander, Donte Green, Nicholas Batum or Deron Washington, so keep that in mind when reading any of the reports from yesterday's workouts, including this one.

I did get to see some shooting, and from what I can tell, all of these prospects fit the mold of the new NBA small forward: tall, athletic and capable of hitting the outside shot.

Joe Alexander created the most buzz, at least among the members of the media. The guy can flat out get up. We didn't get to see him finish around the rim, but if he elevates on his dunks as much as he does on his jumpers, then I'm sure the stories of his acrobatics are true. He displayed range from all over the floor. He's a hustle guy. Both Nate McMillan and Kevin Pritchard made note of his "work ethic," which is high praise considering the workouts only last for about an hour. Imparting a characteristic like work ethic in that time frame is a impressive.

The coaches and staff had nothing but good things to say about Donte Green, but by his own admission, his workout was "One of the worst workouts I've had during this process. I just didn't come out ready today." Green might be a bit hard on himself. He shot the ball well, showed some nice handles and seemed to go hard on every play.

Fatigue might be an issue for Green, who has already worked out for Phoenix, Miami, Milwaukee, Charlotte, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Sacramento. He also has workouts scheduled with Toronto, Golden State and the Clippers. The fact that Green has worked out or is scheduled to workout for 11 teams says good things about the quality of his game.

Nicholas Batum, at just 20 years of age, is an intriguing prospect. Kevin Pritchard noted a few times that Batum's got a load of untapped potential. Nate McMillan described Batum as ...
Long, athletic, pretty smooth. He’s got a silky smooth-type game. He can shoot it. As I just mentioned, very athletic. Wasn’t bad in the post. Does a nice job of facing you up and putting the ball on the floor.
According to Pritchard, Batum wants to play in the NBA now, so the idea of drafting him and leaving him over in Europe, at least initially, seems unlikely. Pritchard also noted that he had the tools to be a starter in the NBA.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

NIce little report thanks Casey.
Bairdy (From Aus)