By Byron Evans – @Bevans1985 – Follow me on twitter.
What Is Byron Thinking ?
Let me start with saying there is no-one in this draft I wouldn’t trade for Kristaps, he is that good. Not saying there’s a chance someone in this draft could end up being better than Kristaps in the future, because we can’t read the future, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
He is a 7’3 guy that can play in today’s NBA. He can shoot the 3, guard the perimeter, and the paint. He looks like he could be Dirk Nowitzki that plays much better defense and has better handles.
He looks like a franchise player, if not the best player on a championship team then definitely the second best player on a championship team. He is the kind of player you can build a team around. He is the kind of player that teams have to strategize to beat.
He’s only 21 years old, and he averaged last year 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .7 steals, and 2 blocks a game, while shooting 45% from the field and 35.7% from 3. Dirk, in his second season, averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, .8 steals, and .8 blocks a game, while shooting 49.1% from the field and 37.9% from 3. Pretty similar trajectory.
Bleacher Report recently ranked him the 2nd best player under 21 in the NBA right now, and the 6th best player under 25. The only guy his age I might want more than him is Karl-Anthony Towns, and I don’t think the separation is so big now to say Kristaps couldn’t be better in the long run.
If the reason why we’re trading him is because there is a problem with him then understand that this is the kind of guy you fix things with. He is one of the best young talents in the league right now. Dirk ended up being a top 50 player, hall of famer, and NBA champion, if you can get the same from Kristaps then he is worth keeping.
What do you guys think ? Is there anyone in the NBA you would trade him for straight up ? I’m not talking about trading him for a king’s ransom. Debate me.