Inside-Outside Threats

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    And who exactly made this Lofty Prediction Chomp?

    Appears a bit excessive to me because Billy D stated that he is going to continue to keep things as simple as possible for Walker. I mean Walker, although he is an astounding athlete, due to growing up in a very poor boondocks community, simply lacked the training that so many youngsters get who live around larger cities.
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    Themi, it's hoops we are taking about here not art history....
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    Click the link, man.

    On Walker, it is hard to tell. He has a very high skill-level for a big guy. Soft hands, quick fit, nice balance, can handle the ball and shoot it a little. Sure, he has a long way to go understanding the game, our system, etc., but I also don't think you can judge much going by last season. Walker was severely hampered by the lack of off-season individuals, fall camp, and the entire non-conference season. We will see a kid light years removed from that next season.
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    The fact that he got any minutes at all given those setbacks tells a little about what Billy thinks of his ability. Most kids enrolling in December and becoming eligible damn near February wouldn't see a minute of PT on a top 10 squad.
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    Totally agree. If someone like Embiid can improve the way he did from an unpolished high school player to a (previously projected) #1 draft prospect, why can't Walker make a big leap this year with a full year of conditioning and skills development under his belt...
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    Walker has a pretty diverse skill set, including a pretty good looking jumper and decent range out to the 3 point arc (though he can certainly improve his consistency, but light years better form and accuracy than most bigs). He can handle the rock, and is a mean dude on the hardwood. You don't want to be on the opposing side of Walker when he's in the flow and at maximum intensity. He's scary. He could certainly go #1 next year - it doesn't hurt that he can jump so high his eyes look down at the rim, and he can dribble the ball up court in the fast break. Seeing a 6'10" guy cross you over through his legs and then take flight from just past the FT line for a violent dunk with an angry look on his face as he runs back up the court is the type of thing that gives opponents nightmares, and NBA owners wet dreams.
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    It's not exactly as if the greatest basketball players in history all grew up in the 'burbs. lol. Walker does some crazy stuff at practice and in scrimmages with the team. You underestimate Billy's impression of him. He showed incredible smarts last year, and was complemented by the staff for absorbing the system and the coaching at a very fast rate, especially for a kid that has been painted by many to be "unintelligent."

    Just watch this video from HS and you can see that he has some unique skills (dribbling, passing, shooting range and form, coordination, post moves, intuitive understanding of defensive positioning) that people will see him show off with more polish as the offseason workouts progress and as he gets more comfortable during preseason practices and as the season progresses. The scary part is imagning how this will translate on the court once he gets fully comfortable, at which point he will play faster, more intuitively, and having the green light from Billy to do this stuff.

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    You could see some of Walker's instincts on display in the rebounding game last year, at the same that you could see he was physically behind the guys he was playing against. He'd work his way into the right position or find a good spot, then get pushed out of the way by stronger, more physically developed big men. But the athleticism was clearly there, as were the instincts that are so crucial to a rebounder.
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    OK - I see - Brian Peterson .

    He does make good arguments and the points that Osiris and rserina make are clearly true. And apparently, right now, he has added a fair amount of muscle to that incredibly skinny frame of his (much like Noah).

    Of course, looking at Inside/Outside in basketball is not the same as it used to be in the 40s with such as Doc Blanchard and Glen Davis in football, since basketball requires 5-player balance, but perhaps this lofty prediction is reasonably realistic.
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    God bless you, Themistocles. You never fail to use an analogy from before the television-era to end an argument. Kudos.
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    One of the best quotes I've seen around here in awhile.

    Great imagery and much truth.

    Nice.
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    The kid does have crazy talent, hope he puts it all together, looking forward to our fast beak nest year, it should be a sportscenter staple...
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    I fully agree with the article's assessment of the two players' respective talents, but it doesn't reflect the talent and expected roles of the rest of the team.

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