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What NBA player does Dre compare to?

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    We've all said Rodman for a while. And I see that.

    But I was thinking of someone a little outside the box based on Dre being the Pac-12 defensive player of the year and showing that he can frustrate the hell out of a top guard in the Illinois game.

    What about Bruce Bowen?

    Bowen was also 6'7", kind of skinny and had long arms. Defensive specialist who had a 15-year NBA career. Was a key component of those Spurs championship teams.

    Here are Bowen's career averages (with highs):

    PPG: 6.1 (8.2)
    FG%: .409 (.466)
    3P%: .393 (.464 - highest in qualifying year)
    FT%: .575 (.652)
    Reb: 2.8 (3.9)
    Ast: 1.2 (1.6)
    Stl: 0.8 (1.1)
    Blk: 0.4 (0.6 - highest in qualifying year)

    I really think that Dre can be like Bowen. He needs to develop his jumper. I don't think he'll ever be a 40% guy like Bowen, but I do think he can be a 35% guy. I also don't think he'll be quite as high in assists, but he'll match or beat the steal and block numbers. And I also think his low end is to double the rebound numbers Bowen put up.

    Just a thought I had -- but are we looking at Dre the wrong way when we talk about guys like Kenneth Faried and Kawhi Leonard? I'm starting to think his biggest upside is if he develops his handle and 3pt shooting to be more like Bowen. Maybe Dre, his pops and Tad knew that all along and that's why he was always listed as a guard while he was here. Maybe that's why Tad showcased him on defense against Illinois the way he did.
     
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    aik Club Member Club Member

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    Bowen played nasty perimeter defense and had an above average 3 shot from the corner. I would like to see Dre emulate Bowen's game and he could have a great career if successful. I have mentioned in another thread that PJ Tucker's college game was similar as he was undersized but very physical and he's been a bench contributor who's been on and off NBA rosters for years like I believe is realistic to expect of Andre. Not All-Star caliber but a meaningful and energetic depth addition in the best of years.
     
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    Playing the Portland homer card, from a size, energy, wingspan, hustle standpoint, Dre reminds me of Batum. Batum's offensive game is far ahead of Dre's, however.
     
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    How about a poor man's Andre Iguodala? Although he'll probably never develop the overall game, particularly the passing/playmaking ability, he would probably play a similar role and has many of the same strengths, weakneses, and is about the same size.
     
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    I think Bruce Bowen is a good name to bring up. Following that train-of-thought I would have to say Doug Christie may be someone he compares to. He was listed 6'6 200, and had career averages of 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game.

    He would often guard the best shooting guard/small forward on the opposing team, and made NBA All-Defensive teams 3 times (one first team selection).

    Of course 'Dre will need to improve his 3-point shot and ball handling abilities, but this seems to be a good player to compare him to in terms of size and defensive/rebounding abilities.

    [video=youtube_share;F5u6YD4DR7Y]http://youtu.be/F5u6YD4DR7Y[/video]
     
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    Defensively, I like the Bowen comp. I also agree that he'll never be that kind of shooter though. Offensively, I really believe the best thing for him to do is improve his ball handling. I think this is an easier/quicker path to improvement than trying to refine his shot, and with his athleticism, he could be a really effective slasher. He would need to finish more aggressively to be successful though. Think 2011-2012 Dre when he was around the rim. I think that skill set would play well in an up tempo system.
     
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    He's a poor man's Shawn Marion.
     
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    Smaller, less powerful Reggie Evans.
     
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    I've thought for a while he needs to become a Bruce Bowen type at the next level. He's already a better rebounder than Bowen ever was, but he's got a long way to go into becoming that consistent corner shooter that Bowen became. Everything else seems fair.

    Farried is a terrible comp. Anyone who says that hasn't watched both guys play.

    I wonder if he can reach a Tony Allen level of elite defense though. Tony Allen is pretty much a waste of space on offense, but get tons of minutes because of elite defense. That would be a nice guy to emulate too.
     
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    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (h/t Pachoops). Dre's a better rebounder, but an undersized four who can play D and is a liability on offense.
     
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    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Taysaun Prince, skinny long arms.
     
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    Tayshaun had legitimate scoring ability coming out of college and 2 more inches of height.
     
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    His place in the league is as a defensive stopper on the wing who can grab 5-7 boards and chip in a few points. 'Dre can guard the opposing team's best wing player, but has below ball-handling skills. His shot is slow and he needs to shoot a better percentage, but it can improve.
     

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