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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:31 am    Post subject:

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So I watched youtube highlights of TB from his Gleague games. Man can he play.

He shoots the 3 way better than brook! And he is quite mobile. My goodness. Why on earth is he not getting PT?

He is too good for G-league. He needs experience vs real NBA bigs.


He doesn't provide enough effect for help D + box out/rebounds to compensate for lateral mobility.

Everyone is going to say lateral mobility, but it doesn't stop Lopez, Zubac, or Bogut from getting PT. Lopez can compensate with some defensive presence and play big in the paint. Zubac is spotty. Bogut sets screens. Thomas Bryant... ?


I remember in a LFR game recap about 2 weeks ago, Lopez was commended for switching and succeeding on one play. And there's just a vet savy about defending in space that he and Bogut have - and like you said Bogut is proven at the rim defending. Lopez is as well, at least solid. Zubac drops too low when guards come off the pick , but he still slides once at 12ft and contests well if he doesn't foul. The above video of Bryant is just egregious. Lopez is more mobile than that, somehow. I hope Bryant has improved past that point, becuase idk if you can play that - and teams didn't know if they could draft that - despite his 3ball, length , and age


Lopez had plenty of time to develop his strength and lateral quickness. Brook wasn't exactly known as an athlete when he got drafted.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:33 am    Post subject:

That and Zubac has seemed to improve some of his quickness as well as his explosivensss. So it shows it can be done. Especially has helped Myles Turner.

I actually would like to see them work on Bryants gate the way the Pacers did with Myles Turner, now IS the time to do it.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:35 am    Post subject:

Looks like he has very tight hips.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:36 am    Post subject:

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Looks like he has very tight hips.


I think that too, it really stands out the way he runs.

He needs to go see Amoila this off-season
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject:

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I think his 3 point shot is for real.

But his lateral agility is a real struggle too. Will make it tough for him to guard on switches.


Also not a great rebounder which is important. I think DX explained it pretty well.

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While he had success on the offensive glass, he was more of just an average presence as a defensive rebounder. His timing and instincts on the defensive glass are just fair, and his relatively weak and stiff lower body make it difficult for him to get low and carve out position in box outs. His long reach allows him to make up for some of his deficiencies, but his lack of elite bounce and balance limit his potential as a rebounder


He could actually learn a few tricks from Bogut who is a decent rebounder without being able to fly around like Randle can.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject:

Rebounding will come in time.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:09 pm    Post subject:

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Well at least he does a great Frankenstein march whenever Gary Lance throws it down badass on KD.


That was classic! I had to replay the dunk a few times just to see that walk!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:48 pm    Post subject:

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That and Zubac has seemed to improve some of his quickness as well as his explosivensss. So it shows it can be done. Especially has helped Myles Turner.

I actually would like to see them work on Bryants gate the way the Pacers did with Myles Turner, now IS the time to do it.


I think they have been working with Bryant on this issue... During the draft process he said he was working on it . You always seem to think that just because you don't see results - players aren't working on things - like somehow they don't see what obviously needs to be worked on , but you do?
I'm pretty sure he's improving at it, as well. I wish I caught a Defenders game to look for it - but his gate has for sure improved since Indiana just looking at the highlights - and I'm 99% sure his gate and lateral mobility are connected at the hips, if you will. (He can't lift his feet in his first few steps running - can't lift his feet step sliding either)

I'm willing to be patient with this kid.. from where he started , I can imagine it taking 2-3 years to get his lateral mobility to average. But I think he's worth it.. I have to say that it was a spectacular draft, every chance I get - we really made great picks (if Lonzo ends up being able to shoot)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:49 pm    Post subject:

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I think his 3 point shot is for real.

But his lateral agility is a real struggle too. Will make it tough for him to guard on switches.


Also not a great rebounder which is important. I think DX explained it pretty well.

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While he had success on the offensive glass, he was more of just an average presence as a defensive rebounder. His timing and instincts on the defensive glass are just fair, and his relatively weak and stiff lower body make it difficult for him to get low and carve out position in box outs. His long reach allows him to make up for some of his deficiencies, but his lack of elite bounce and balance limit his potential as a rebounder


He could actually learn a few tricks from Bogut who is a decent rebounder without being able to fly around like Randle can.


They correctly tied it back to his stiff lower body. His whole career is dependent on curing that.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:32 pm    Post subject:

He didn't necessarily guard anyone laterally, but he was moving in a stance and looked quicker for sure. He has improved there - idk to what degree when defending 1v1, but... he's comin along! Future starter if it keeps improving.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:49 pm    Post subject:

Luke didn't do him any favors by putting him in during a close game in the fourth quarter and with a lineup that also featured Caruso.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:51 pm    Post subject:

he played with Randle also, so not good. but hey, atleast he hit a FT
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:51 pm    Post subject:

I thought it was a good learning experience.
The NBA is nothing like the G, right TB? But I'm glad you hit 1 ft. Stroke is gonna be nice.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:52 pm    Post subject:

He's not used to NBA speed at all.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:14 pm    Post subject:

anyone else think he looks like a ninja turtle
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:09 am    Post subject:

18 pts, 9 rbs, 2 ast, 1 blk last night vs Clippers.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:09 pm    Post subject:

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The Lakers have assigned Thomas Bryant to South Bay. @nolimittb31 is expected to join SBL in Canada for the annual #GLeagueShowcase. http://on.nba.com/2md4cP0

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:05 am    Post subject:

T. Bryant recalled by Lakers for tonights game.

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In 20 games with South Bay this season, Bryant has averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game. Bryant has also shot 60.2% from the field and 40.7% from beyond the arc.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:12 am    Post subject:

Kid has absolute fire. He legitimately cares. The jumper is legit. Seems like he's more bouncey than he was is college for sure. Able to explode off the ground faster. His hips still look right though. As someone else pointed out, you can really see it in the way he runs. Seems to be a bit top heavy, but the potential is worth the wait. No Sleights with tenacity and pride is a heck of a good player. Especially for a 4th-5th option offensively.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:21 am    Post subject:

Like any pup, he has weaknesses that he can work on. Nobody can deny his outside shot, shot blocking, and tenacity. The lack of lateral movement can be improved. Also, defensively, instead of doing a complete switch on D, let defenders help Bryant out on his man and then go back to their assignments.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:59 am    Post subject:

I have high hopes for this kid.

Totally agree with both comments!

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Kid has absolute fire. He legitimately cares. The jumper is legit. Seems like he's more bouncey than he was is college for sure. Able to explode off the ground faster. His hips still look right though. As someone else pointed out, you can really see it in the way he runs. Seems to be a bit top heavy, but the potential is worth the wait. No Sleights with tenacity and pride is a heck of a good player. Especially for a 4th-5th option offensively.

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Like any pup, he has weaknesses that he can work on. Nobody can deny his outside shot, shot blocking, and tenacity. The lack of lateral movement can be improved. Also, defensively, instead of doing a complete switch on D, let defenders help Bryant out on his man and then go back to their assignments.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:49 pm    Post subject:

3 - want to see more of him
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:50 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:53 pm    Post subject:

Woooooo......better get ready to start calling this kid Thomas Buckets!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:03 pm    Post subject:

Luminous8 wrote:
Woooooo......better get ready to start calling this kid Thomas Buckets!!


If Luke will give him minutes. Only in 1 minute today....and the final seconds don't count as we held and hatched the ball!!
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