The GSV Rookie Assay; Jaylen Brown

Playing on the wing is still one of the most coveted roles in basketball, despite the rise of perimeter inclined big-men and small-ball now becoming vogue; for a player to excel on the wing, they need to be able to contribute well on both ends of the court, or truly be outstanding at either scoring or lockdown defending. Jaylen is one of those rare talents with great upside on both sides of the ball, a naturally gifted athlete with a 7’0 inch wingspan, he’s well adept at defending 1-4, while also having the ability to create his own shot and score pretty well in the paint. In a 3 point shooting league, a guard needs to be able to shoot form range at a good rate, if they hope to stay on the court when it matters most, Jaylen will need to expand his range and grow confident in his ability to select when to pull-up, and when to drive into the land and use his finishing ability at the rim. In the current Boston Celtics setup, Jaylen could develop more into a combo forward than a pure shooting guard, which will help take full advantage of his high ceiling as a lockdown defender that can develop into an efficient scorer over time, much like Kawhi Leonard did at San Antonio with sound development and concerted coaching on his shooting.Click To Tweet

The 2017 NBA Playoff’s provided us with much to ponder and debate, and the early round blowouts by Golden State & Cleveland, bar the LeBron-Gate Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals loss to an I.T.-less Boston Celtics, actually afforded us with even more time to ponder some of the potentially interesting sub-plots within the League as a whole. The conversations regarding the Rookie of the Year Award, the “One-And-Done” rule and the overall lack of genuine consistency in the level of young player entering the League, has not gone unnoticed over here at GSV.

In an attempt to help channel these conversations in a manner that will yield answers, instead of more questions, we have called in our Talent Scout to run the rule on the 2016 NBA Draft class, grading each players performance and overall impact, while also affording you with an analysis of how he views their projection in the league next season. The Rookie Assay series will profile the Lottery Picks from the 2016 NBA Draft, culminating in us announcing our GSV Rookie of the Year and profiling the projected Lottery Picks in the 1st Round of our 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

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#3

Jaylen Brown

Boston Celtics | #7

Bio

DoB: October 24th, 1996 (20)

PoB: Marietta, Georgia; USA

Position/s: SG/ SF

Height: 2. 01m | 6’7

Weight: 102 kg | 225lb

Shoots: Right

High School: Joseph Wheeler High School | Marietta, Georgia; USA

College: University of California, Berkley | California Golden Bears

Class: Freshman

Major Honours

First-team All-Pac-12 | 2016

Pac-12 Freshman of the Year | 2016

McDonald’s All-American | 2015

First-team Parade All-American | 2015

Mr. Georgia Basketball | 2015

FIBA Americas u18 Championship Gold Medal | 2014 | USA

Regular Season Career Stats

Span Team Games Ave. PPG Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
2015-16 California 34 14.6 5.4 2.0 0.6 0.8
2016-17 Boston Celtics 78 6.6 2.8 0.8 0.2 0.4

 

NBA Playoff Stats

Span Team Games Ave. PPG Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
2016-17 Boston Celtics 17 5.0 2.1 0.8 0.1 0.4

 

NBA Summer League Stats

Span Team Games Ave. PPG Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
2016-17 Boston Celtics 6 16.0 6.2 1.3 0.8 2.3

 

The Grand Stand View

The Boston Celtics have long been seen as a dynasty on the cusp of returning to their former glory, having surprised many by winning the Eastern Conference this past season, the rebuild may now be a few pieces away from translating into a well established team that can rival the dynasties of yesteryear.  One of the pieces that stand a great shot at playing a pivotal role in the team moving forward, is a largely underrated player that many felt wasn’t worth taking at 3 last season; in hindsight, Jaylen is already proving to be a steal in a draft where there were more misses than hits, while there is still time to change that analogy, with most picks having been drafted and stashed away to develop in the D-League or the EuroLeague. Jaylen Brown is a rarity in the current NBA, a rookie who actually contributed to a team that was playing to compete throughout the season, an experience that is sure to have placed him in great stead moving forward, as he is now in a great position to make the jump in his second season as an NBA player.

Playing on the wing is still one of the most coveted roles in basketball, despite the rise of perimeter inclined big-men and small-ball now becoming vogue; for a player to excel on the wing, they need to be able to contribute well on both ends of the court, or truly be outstanding at either scoring or lockdown defending. Jaylen is one of those rare talents with great upside on both sides of the ball, a naturally gifted athlete with a 7’0 inch wingspan, he’s well adept at defending 1-4, while also having the ability to create his own shot and score pretty well in the paint. In a 3 point shooting league, a guard needs to be able to shoot form range at a good rate, if they hope to stay on the court when it matters most, Jaylen will need to expand his range and grow confident in his ability to select when to pull-up, and when to drive into the land and use his finishing ability at the rim. In the current Boston Celtics setup, Jaylen could develop more into a combo forward than a pure shooting guard, which will help take full advantage of his high ceiling as a lockdown defender that can develop into an efficient scorer over time, much like Kawhi Leonard did at San Antonio with sound development and concerted coaching on his shooting.

The level of disappointment Boston Celtics fans felt when Jaylen was originally drafted, is less of a reflection on him, and more of a fair portrayal of the level of pressure that comes with playing in the Green & White; Jaylen has wasted no time in winning over the diehard Celtic fans, with his devoted application to the game and high upside as a lockdown defender, in a city where they pride themselves on playing great defence. Jaylen Brown may go down as one of the best picks in his draft class, which says a lot about his high ceiling, as the two picks ahead of him are slated to become All-Stars in years to come. A winning Boston Celtics team is great for the city and the League as a whole, but playing on a winning Boston Celtics side can set a young player up for the rest of their career, as we’ve often seen; Jaylen may be a 6th man or key rotation player for the first few years in Boston, but the intelligent young man will surely soak up all the game he can and continue to show out when his number is called.

Written by Mallele Chidi PeTje III (@MCPeTjeIII) for The Grand Stand View (@GSVDaily)

The GSV Rookie Assay; Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram is by far the best player on the LA Lakers today, his upside is unfathomable, largely due to his ability to score at will and actually play like a star on both ends of the court, something AAU Ball seems to promote less and less in young talents these days. Standing at 6-9, with a long wingspan and great footwork, Ingram is a few kilo’s away from being an improved version of what many felt Carmelo Anthony should’ve matured into, a scoring phenomenon who can create for himself and others, while also locking-down on the defensive end and making plays on both ends of the ball. There is an age-old adage in Ball, “Your either built for the game, or you’re not, you can’t coach height…”, Ingram has the height and intangibles to excel at the highest level, and his weight is something easily addressable in the age of advanced research and state-of-the-art nutrition. The question now becomes, how great can Ingram become in the NBA? His debut season proved that he is a good player, despite having been gradually eased in on a roster that was far from competitive in hindsight, Brandon showed an ability to play winning basketball and actually elevate the level of those around him through his own abilities and dedication to the game.Click To Tweet

The 2017 NBA Playoff’s provided us with much to ponder and debate, and the early round blowouts by Golden State & Cleveland, bar the LeBron-Gate Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals loss to an I.T.-less Boston Celtics, actually afforded us with even more time to ponder some of the potentially interesting sub-plots within the League as a whole. The conversations regarding the Rookie of the Year Award, the “One-And-Done” rule and the overall lack of genuine consistency in the level of young player entering the League, has not gone unnoticed over here at GSV.

In an attempt to help channel these conversations in a manner that will yield answers, instead of more questions, we have called in our Talent Scout to run the rule on the 2016 NBA Draft class, grading each players performance and overall impact, while also affording you with an analysis of how he views their projection in the league next season. The Rookie Assay series will profile the Lottery Picks from the 2016 NBA Draft, culminating in us announcing our GSV Rookie of the Year and profiling the projected Lottery Picks in the 1st Round of our 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

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#2

Brandon Ingram

Los Angeles Lakers | #14

Bio

Full Name: Brandon Xavier Ingram

DoB: September 2nd, 1997 (19)

PoB: Kinston, North Carolina; USA

Position/s: Small Forward | Point Forward

Height: 2. 06m | 6ft 9in

Weight: 86 kg | 190lbs

Shoots: Right

High School: Kinston High School | Kinston, North Carolina; USA

College: Duke University | Duke Blue Devils

Class: Freshman

Major Honours:

AP Honourable Mention All-American | 2016

Second-team All-ACC | 2016

ACC Rookie of the Year | 2016

McDonald’s All-American | 2015

North Carolina Mr. Basketball | 2015

First-team Parade All-American | 2015

Regular Season Career Stats

Span Team Games Ave. PPG Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
2015-16 Duke 36 17.3 6.8 2.0 1.4 2.0
2016-17 LA Lakers 79 9.4 4.0 2.1 0.5 0.6

 

NBA Summer League Stats

Span Team Games Ave. PPG Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
2016-17 LA Lakers 5 12.2 4.2 1.8 0.4 0.6

 

The Grand Stand View

The Los Angeles Lakers have enjoyed a great run of success as a franchise historically, from the ShowTime Lakers, to the Kobe & Shaq “Frienemy Alliance” and the Kobe “Mamba Years”, the team and its fans have always had a fair amount of reason to cheer and celebrate rooting for their team. With such great success, comes the inevitable downturn in fortunes, largely brought about by father time proving that even the greats cannot defeat it; the Lakers were always going to have to rebuild and plan for life after Kobe, many felt as if they delayed for too long and actually blew their shot at being great again anytime soon. Drafting D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle went some ways towards allaying many of those fears, yet the team still seemed to lack direction and a true transcendent young talent to build around moving forward. Enter Bandon Ingram and his Kevin Durant like self…

Brandon Ingram is by far the best player on the LA Lakers today, his upside is unfathomable, largely due to his ability to score at will and actually play like a star on both ends of the court, something AAU Ball seems to promote less and less in young talents these days. Standing at 6-9, with a long wingspan and great footwork, Ingram is a few kilo’s away from being an improved version of what many felt Carmelo Anthony should’ve matured into, a scoring phenomenon who can create for himself and others, while also locking-down on the defensive end and making plays on both ends of the ball. There is an age-old adage in Ball, “Your either built for the game, or you’re not, you can’t coach height…”, Ingram has the height and intangibles to excel at the highest level, and his weight is something easily addressable in the age of advanced research and state-of-the-art nutrition. The question now becomes, how great can Ingram become in the NBA? His debut season proved that he is a good player, despite having been gradually eased in on a roster that was far from competitive in hindsight, Brandon showed an ability to play winning basketball and actually elevate the level of those around him through his own abilities and dedication to the game.

The prospect of Lonzo Ball coming in to the locker room, will only bode well for Ingram, as he needs to play with a pass-first point guard to truly excel as a scoring machine; D’Angelo Russell looks to score like a shooting guard often does, yet he handles the ball far more, which often limits what he offence can accomplish, when they don’t have multiple weapons to utilise. Brandon can develop into a tremendous player who can play at the 2 and the 3, while guarding 1 – 4 with relative ease, while still getting his buckets at a good clip, which makes him a genuine star in position-less basketball today. The idea of Ingram, Ball and Paul George on the same court for the Lakers is beyond mid-blowing, with the right pieces around them, that core unit can score with the best of them, while having no glaring weakness on the defensive or offensive end. The 2017-18 season will be pivotal for Ingram, as he will have to prove to himself, the fans and Laker management, that he has what it takes to begin translating those flashes o potential, into regular displays of star ability; when all is said and done, Brandon Ingram may find his name rightfully written alongside other legends that have had success in the Purple & Gold.

Written by Mallele Chidi PeTje III (@MCPeTjeIII) for The Grand Stand View (@GSVDaily)

The GSV Rookie Assay; Ben Simmons

The Jones fracture in his foot, sidelined him for the entire 2016-17 season, after showing flashes of his potential during the NBA Summer League; while his absence was felt greatly, when Embiid went down yet again with injury concerns of his own, Philly and Simmons may have greatly benefitted from his redshirt season, as he has had a season to acclimatise to the NBA and work on his jump shot, while Philly sucked enough t get the No 3 overall pick, which they have just traded to Boston for their No 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. Such an aggressive move shows the faith Philly have in Simmons as their Point-Forward, as they now have the option of drafting Markelle Fultz with their pick, and building a core that could become the foundation of a great dynasty in years to come.Click To Tweet

The 2017 NBA Playoff’s provided us with much to ponder and debate, and the early round blowouts by Golden State & Cleveland, bar the LeBron-Gate Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals loss to an I.T.-less Boston Celtics, actually afforded us with even more time to ponder some of the potentially interesting sub-plots within the League as a whole. The conversations regarding the Rookie of the Year Award, the “One-And-Done” rule and the overall lack of genuine consistency in the level of young player entering the League, has not gone unnoticed over here at GSV.

In an attempt to help channel these conversations in a manner that will yield answers, instead of more questions, we have called in our Talent Scout to run the rule on the 2016 NBA Draft class, grading each players performance and overall impact, while also affording you with an analysis of how he views their projection in the league next season. The Rookie Assay series will profile the Lottery Picks from the 2016 NBA Draft, culminating in us announcing our GSV Rookie of the Year and profiling the projected Lottery Picks in the 1st Round of our 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

#TheTalentScout

#1

Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers | #25

Bio

Full Name: Benjamin David Simmons

DoB: July 20th, 1996 (20)

PoB: Melbourne, Victoria; Australia

Height: 2. 08m | 6ft 10in

Weight: 109kg | 240lbs

Shoots: Left

Position/s: Power Forward (Point Forward)/ Small Forward

High School: Montverde Academy | Montverde, Florida; USA

College: Louisiana State University | Baton Rouge, Louisiana; USA| LSU Tigers

Class: Freshman

Major Honours

Consensus first-team All-American | 2016

USBWA National Freshman of the Year | 2016

First-team All-SEC | 2016

Gatorade National Player of the Year | 2015

Naismith National Player of the Year | 2015

McDonald’s All-American | 2015

First-team Parade All-American | 2015

FIBA Oceania Championship Gold Medal | 2013 | Australia

Regular Season Career Stats

Span Team Games Ave. PPG Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
2015-16 LSU 33 19.2 11.8 4.8 0.8 2.0

 

NBA Summer League Stats

Span Team Games Ave. PPG Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
2016-17 Philadelphia 6 10.8 7.7 5.5 0.5 1.0

 

The Grand Stand View

Since the beginning of his “one-and-done” year at LSU, Ben Simmons has been projected as a franchise changing player and a transcendent talent for the NBA, his ability to play like a guard, while being built like a powerful forward or stretch 4 in today’s game, affords him with the scope he requires to fulfil his potential as a Point-Forward in a shooting and spacing position-less league that values players with multiple skills and an aptitude for moving the ball around to find the highest percentage shots and create the best possible looks for teammates.

The Jones fracture in his foot, sidelined him for the entire 2016-17 season, after showing flashes of his potential during the NBA Summer League; while his absence was felt greatly, when Embiid went down yet again with injury concerns of his own, Philly and Simmons may have greatly benefitted from his redshirt season, as he has had a season to acclimatise to the NBA and work on his jump shot, while Philly sucked enough t get the No 3 overall pick, which they have just traded to Boston for their No 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. Such an aggressive move shows the faith Philly have in Simmons as their Point-Forward, as they now have the option of drafting Markelle Fultz with their pick, and building a core that could become the foundation of a great dynasty in years to come.

Ben Simmons may be the Rookie of the Year next season, due to his ability to play at the highest level in Basketball, while still being so inexperienced; the addition of more quality players on the roster, and the prospect of a fully fit Joel Embiid, with no minuets restrictions, has many salivating at the idea of Philly making a Playoff run in the Eastern Conference this coming season.  Sam Hinkie, the man who begun to Trust The Process in Philadelphia long before many had heard of an Embiid, Simmons or a Fultz, is worthy of receiving a life-time supply of Geno’s Cheesesteak’s for the groundwork he laid for this once revered & highly beloved organisation on the precipice of returning to relevance yet again. Ben Simmons could eventually become the most transcendent talent to lead the Philadelphia 76ers since Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, and his supporting cast is light-years ahead of the team A.I. had to work with in his time, the future looks exceedingly bright for a player who has yet to debut in an official NBA game as of yet.

Written by Mallele Chidi PeTje III (@MCPeTjeIII) for The Grand Stand View (@GSVDaily)