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  1. roscoe36

    roscoe36 All-Star Administrator

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    Maxiell is our second best defender. I don't know how anyone has seen enough NBA ball from Middleton to come to the conclusion he can play any defense whatsoever.
     
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    Which brings me to this: We always clamor to see the Monroe/Drummond pairing, but I personally would like to see Max and Drummond play together, a great defensive tandem, great shot blocking, great on the pick and roll and they'd be murder on the offensive glass......I'm sure that would keep teams from running out on us.
     
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    Study the film. It does not take long to check out fundamentals like footwork, reaction time, etc. that go into defense. The hardest thing to judge - shot making percentage. Because it just takes time and a lot of shots to see if a guy has it or not.

    Maxiell plays power forward. And is too short to guard his man a great percentage of the time. He is also too short to be an effective defensive rebounder, a part of defense. Further, his ability to stop people from driving to the hoop and laying the ball in ain't none too good. Too short. Yes, he is pretty good at making do with the height he has - but not like Ben Wallace who had the timing to compensate for lack of height on rebounding. Basically, although he has his strong points like decent movement and a lot of strength, JMAX is not even a good defender overall for the position he plays.
     
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    His scouting report called him a "middle-of-the-road defender":



    Strengths: Middleton is a late blooming prospect with solid size for a SF at 6’7 210, and he’s still growing into his body…Silky smooth operator on offense, and can score effectively at all 3 levels…Has a sweet jump shot…Soft touch, and is consistent out to about 22 feet and shows raw NBA range…Able to make shots off screens, spotting up or off the dribble…Functional in the triple threat…Likes to operate in the mid-range area, most comfortable from 15-18 feet, and utilizes a nice pull-up game and an interesting blend of runners in his arsenal…Middleton can stick the 3 ball with his feet set, and he has the release speed and form to get his shot off against contests effectively…Plays the game at his own pace, and has a very unique and unorthodox style of play…Very unselfish and won’t go outside of the offense to get his own shots or production very often, which will benefit his eventual transition to the pros…Doesn’t need to dominate the ball at all to make his presence felt on the court…Nice passing skills…Will contribute some on the glass…Appears to be very coachable, and he still has upside remaining as he get stronger and fills out his frame…

    Weaknesses: Has had a lot of work to do to come close to regaining the momentum he had before the season as a prospect…Had an ankle injury that nagged him all of his Jr. season was never 100% and comfortable under the new Texas A&M coaching staff… Didn’t really show any signs of improvement in any aspects of his game…Middleton right now needs to work on getting stronger to maximize his athleticism and ability to withstand tough defense…There are times when he can get pushed around on both ends by physical play…Middleton also would be well-served to continue to work on his ball-handling some more, were he’s currently mediocre…He does sporadically make moves with the ball that show his potential, but he’s not consistent with it yet and he’s not a guy who operates all that effectively in pure isolation sets…Doesn’t handle double-teams or extra defensive attention all that well…Can struggle to finish around the rim at times due to a lack of explosiveness and strength...Could stand to get more aggressive and play with more urgency…Middleton is a middle-of-the-road defensive player, and he can struggle with on-ball defense at times…A bit upright in his stance and middling lateral quickness…

    Overall: Middleton’s late blooming status and promising Soph. season making him a prospect worth keeping an eye on…His lackluster Jr. season, despite injury, has dropped his stock from a possible lottery selection to a 2nd rounder… He’s a good shooter with a smooth, unselfish floor game and the tools that project well to the next level as a complementary piece…He isn’t the best defender, but as he grows into his body he can be an even better player and prospect, as it looks like he hasn’t peaked physically or athletically yet…Still has upside as a prospect and could be a big value pick for a team
     
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    I would rather someone use a rock hammer to drive an icepick into my forehead, super slo-mo.
     
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    middletons scouting report sounds an awful lot like Rips game ...coming off screens mid range . Not at all a bad thing for this offence we currently have that is point blank or 3 ball.
     
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    The middle of the road defender thing - hey, he had an ankle injury. Lets see him play now, after the injury has healed.
     
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    He wouldnt have to be a great defender to be effective. Im pretty sure we have all seen the effect of having a Drummond anchoring the defense. He makes everyone better by cleaning up mistakes kinda like Ben did for the 2000 stones. Chauncey, and rip werent great defenders by any stretch....they had Ben and Sheed behind them and that kept opposing guards shooting jumpers instead of layups. With Dre in the game we need our guards to apply pressure to their man and stay tight to interfere with rythm jumpers, thats it.
     
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    Very nice surprise so far but we need to give it more time to see if its real.
     

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