We need more then just a shooter. When you go into the draft looking for one attribute then you get a bench warmer. A specialist instead of a player who could potentially start and be a cornerstone for your team.
What we really need is a player that can be the 1st , 2nd or 3rd best point producers on the team on most nights. Kemba is the only guy on the peremeriter who can create his own shot or get a shot for other teammates. This will hold us back from taking the next step to being a championship contender. Just getting a shooter still puts us in the slow offensive position mode. When team jump on Kemba and get the ball out of his hands. We need a player who can not only shoot well but run the offense when teams take out Kemba. It would also fit our coach to have a player who could play solid or at least avg. 1 on 1 defense. We already have 2 starting position on the court where we have to hide/help a lacking defender. You add another bad wing defender on the court with Al and Mcbob it show cases their flaws.
The problem with that is, the guys who can do all these things you want wouldn't be there at #9.
If McDermott or Stauskas were great defenders they would be top 3 picks. They are both very good shooters and good offensively, so you have to accept the question marks as well at #9.
I think McDermott is more than "just a shooter" on offense. You don't score as many points as he did with the efficiency that he did as "just a shooter" unless he is a remarkable, and unique shooter of the highest order, which by itself would put him above guys like Tolliver or Battier or even a Kolver. But being a great shooter is just the one thing that will without question translate.
You are accepting the lowest possible outcome as the only outcome.
Some of us are just saying that at worst he is an elite shooter. If nothing else in his game translates, he could just become a Dell Curry type player. There is always value in elite shooters, so he has value even if the worst possible outcome becomes the reality.
But if he can become a passable defender, and continues to show that he has ways to score other than just being a shooter, if some of those things that made him so efficient in college do translate to the NBA, you may have an all-star caliber player and elite scorer.
So I look at it like, at WORST he is just an elite shooter, which already has inherit value, but at BEST he is becomes an elite scorer and possible all-star caliber player.
Offensively speaking, I think it is a low risk, high reward proposition.
Your concerns on defense, I admit, are very valid though.
Edited by teeray, 16 June 2014 - 11:17 AM.