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Austin Daye highlights from Goodman League-Melo League game

I already wrote about Austin Daye’s performance in last week’s Goodman League-Melo League game, and now Lockouthoops.com has video highlights. Keep in mind, these are only highlights and don’t include any of Daye’s mistakes, but, man, that jumper looks smooth:


  • Sep 7, 20111:09 pm
    by JT's Hoops Blog


    Wow!! cab believe this kid is 6′ 10″  and 230lbs.  he moves like a guard.  This guy has the skills to be an impact player.  Hopefully Lawrence Frank can give him a shot.

    • Sep 8, 201112:44 pm
      by David


      Maybe I’m not catching the sarcasm, but since when did Daye gain 30 lbs?

  • Sep 7, 20111:42 pm
    by Jodi Jezz


    Good! Hopefully this will lift his trade value so we can use him to trade for Josh Smith…

    • Sep 7, 20112:48 pm
      by rob


      Josh Smith sucks. No thank-you. I wouldnt trade anybody for him. I don’t want that knucklehead on my team. Low IQ, takes bad shots, no jumper, too weak to guard true 4′s, and no offensive skill set to play the 3. Useless.

      You can say Daye is too weak to guard true 4′s too, but Daye’s got a perfect jumper, has a high IQ, doesnt force bad shots, and is a team player. Not to mention he’s like 5 yrs younger and 6-11. I would never make that trade.

      • Sep 7, 20113:21 pm
        by tarsier


        Josh Smith has low BB IQ, takes bad shots, and has a mediocre jumper. But he certainly does not suck. There are only a couple 4s in the league who are bigger and stronger than him. And Dwight Howard is the only big man I would not have confidence in him guarding straight up. He can put the ball on the floor, get to the rim, get to the line, and score very efficiently when he doesn’t fall in love with the outside jumper. That sounds like a nearly complete skill set for an offensive SF. He is one of the three players who are basically tied for the best player on the fifth seeded team in the East, He is very easily a top 50 player in the league and is probably on just about every list you can find online in the top 50. If that’s useless, sign up a lot of useless to any team I root for.

        • Sep 7, 20117:16 pm
          by rob


          I dont care how he is rated, you cant win if your top players are selfish, take bad shots, and have a low IQ. So if you just like to watch players dunk, block a few shots, and lose, go ahead. Thats not interesting to me.

          • Sep 8, 201112:01 am
            by Jodi Jezz

            Josh Smith plays defense and Daye doesn’t…Defense wins championships and Offense sells tickets…

          • Sep 8, 201112:05 pm
            by neutes

            This is absurd. Josh Smith averages 9 boards, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks per game. He’s shot 49%, 50%, and 48% over the last 3 seasons. He can’t be taking that many bad shots as that would rank behind only Monroe and Wilcox on the Pistons in terms of FG%. You’re talking about Daye, who shot 41% last season, and is horrible at defense. I like Daye and all, but c’mon.

          • Sep 8, 201112:23 pm
            by tarsier

            Name ten players in the league who score more than 15 ppg and don’t take a lot of bad shots. And since when is Josh Smith selfish? He has low basketball IQ which would make it hard to make him the centerpiece of a team. But he has done phenomenally playing team ball in Atlanta basically since he got there. Does he ever complain about his touches? Has he ever finished near the top of the league in usage? He is in the same category with Odom, Iggy, and Gerald Wallace (although he is arguably the best of that group) as very good fringe all-star level stat sheet stuffing players who can do almost everything better than average and a couple things (like defense) very well. The kind of player every contender longs to have as a second or third best player.

          • Sep 8, 20117:08 pm
            by rob

            sorry, I’m just not buying him as a championship caliber player. I dont care about his stats I’ve watched him play enough and he doesnt play smart championship basketball. He plays more streetball/stat-stuffing basketball. When the games on the line and his team is down, he is notorious for hogging the ball and jacking up bad shots in Ben Gordon fashion with no regard for his teammates.

            And getting a few steals an blocks is not playing defense. Josh Smith cant guard anybody, you all are crazy touting him for his defense. He’s too weak to guard 4′s in the post, and he’s too lanky and moves his feet to slow to guard 3′s on the perimeter.

            Like I said, he’s a great highlight reel if your into that sort of thing, but he’s never shown the tools to me to prove he can play winning basketball at the highest level, deep in the playoffs. That’s the most important thing to look for in a player. Daye has much more upside, and much more time to realize that upside. You can develop a players skills, but you cant really improve their IQ/mental make up. Either they get or they dont. He reminds me too much of Iverson, mentally/IQ-wise.

          • Sep 9, 20118:56 am
            by tarsier

            Seriously, name me one 4 that he is too weak to guard in the post. Smoove came into the league as a skinny kid. Now the man is a beast. Physically speaking, he is almost identical to Lebron. And he plays defense comparably. He doesn’t take a ton of space and push people around a la Perkins. But he disrupts movement, blocks passing lanes, and rarely lets his man go off for a big night. He doesn’t look like a defensive PF from two decades ago, but he does a good job of preventing scoring–which is what defense is all about. And his help defense is particularly good. Also, I don’t think I have ever heard anyone else refer to him as sluggish. The man’s explosiveness and athleticism are his calling cards. What do you really have against Smith? The fact that he has yet to play for a true contender? Or just the fact that his production doesn’t and never will reach his absurdly high ceiling?

  • Sep 7, 20112:12 pm
    by dvs


    it’s been good to hear about Daye this summer. playing with all these big name guys will definitely help his development and confidence.
    I’m still a little skeptical of him being our starting SF if/when Prince leaves, but this shows he’s dedicated to working hard and improving his game.
    Can’t wait to see what he can do if/when the season starts and hopefully he’ll cement himself as our starting SF moving forward.

  • Sep 7, 20112:43 pm
    by Levi Thieman


    look, i love austin daye’s game and his potential. but these highlights do not impress me in the least. Daye is 6’11″. he is reasonably athletic and he has NBA level talent. the green shirts in this video play more lazy on defense than the guys in my rec league. i am optimistic but untill i see consistently solid offensive production from Daye against NBA level defense i am not going to get carried away.

    • Sep 8, 201112:37 pm
      by tarsier


      The defense is pretty sad. But it’s also hard to put up a highlight reel for a jump shooter. They’re “highlights” are really just made shots. And anyone can make those (even I can, albeit probably at about a 20% clip). What separates the good ones from the bad is all about what percentage of them they make. And you can never tell that from a  highlight reel.

  • Sep 7, 20113:35 pm
    by Jacob


    The J is lookin’ smooth. Don’t want to read too much into this either way, but he seems like he has had a pretty productive offseason. Hopefully he’ll continue to as this offseason will stretch longer than usual.

  • Sep 7, 201110:17 pm
    by Jack


    when did he become 230, if that is true that is really good news.  He was 200 when he entered the league.  If its true He will have the strength to handle small forwards now.

    • Sep 8, 20117:35 am
      by gmehl1977


      I don’t think Daye is anywhere near 230. l would be interested to know if he has put on any size at all or even if he has lost any.

  • Sep 8, 20118:50 am
    by detroitpcb


    Daye is smooth. He showed a little more strength in his base in these clips – he was not knocked off balence as easy as last year and still made his fade in the paint after being bumped hard.

    But other than that, there wasn’t much defense being played. Still, i would never trade this kid. he has 20 point per game upside to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists

    • Sep 8, 201112:32 pm
      by tarsier


      What first round pick SG/SF doesn’t have that as their upside? The question is how likely is he to achieve it? I’m not very impressed by Daye because he has only ever shown flashes of upside. I am fine with inconsistency in a young player. But after two years in the league, a guy with any hope of reaching his upside should be playing around it at least 20-25% of the time. Daye puts his upside on display maybe 1 minute per game. That’s just nowhere near enough. I’d be thrilled to see Dumars trade him if he could get any decent return (a late lottery pick would be fantastic but that’s probably hoping too much).

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