Terry remember how you were just like this over a certain WR from Georgia Tech who was eventually drafted by the Jets??
You explained away all his faults and convince yourself how good he was going to be. While I was telling you he wasn't worth a 1st 4 rounds pick.
With those pooty QBs everyone WR on that team looks like they suck. So they keep drafting WRs and then complain about them, but it is because their OC and QBs both suck. When the Jets were the team that drafted him I knew he was doomed.
But, I also remember the time a large number of people told me Cam Newton wasn't worthy of the #1 overall pick, and was going to be a bust because he wasn't going to be able to run as well in the NFL, and he played in a gimmick offense that was "nothing" like an NFL offense, and he was a terrible passer, and that his game would not translate to the NFL. He is a one trick pony Etc, etc
Which is funny because this debate has evolved in very similar fashion. I was only defending McDermott because I thought the people who just automatically wrote this guy's NBA potential off were being stupid. Say what you want about McD, you don't score 27 ppg at 55 fg% 45% 3fg% in the MVC or Big East without being pretty fugging good at basketball and not a one trick pony. To say otherwise is just plain stupid.
And that was the only point I set out to make, much like when I was defending Cam when people were so determined to tell people they knew he was going to bust and set the franchise back 5 years and everyone will regret it.
But the same thing kind of happened with McDermott that happened with Cam. I would go and study his games, and do stats analysis to see if what you guys were saying was true. And the more I studied him, the less and less of his criticisms are actually true, much like when I really kept diving into studying Cam, most of his criticisms weren't true.
He struggles against length... no he doesn't
He isn't athletic... yeah he is
He played a weak schedule... no he didn't
He played against small opponents... no he didn't
He doesn't create his own shots... yeah he did
The thing you haven't figured out yet is I haven't said anything about how great McDermott is going to be in the NBA. Because I don't know. Neither do you. You are adamant about how much he sucks. I just point out that there is reason to believe you are wrong. There is also reason to believe that the criticisms against his offensive game are unfair.
Unlike you, I actually don't think I already know it all. McDermott may very well bust. He may also become an all-star. That is true of nearly every draft pick. Even sure fire picks sometimes don't work out. Sometimes players that have a bunch of questions that push them to the 2nd round ends up being great players like Paul Milsap, Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, Antonio Davis, etc.
I simply try to be fair to the player, either way. I am usually not a negative person that roots for people's failures. I will have questions, but you will hard pressed to find me being too critical of any player. That is because I used to be a basketball player and the people who are the most critical usually don't know what they are talking about.
Honestly, I am a lot like Gruden. I kind of like everyone, and rarely have a strong opinion in the negative. If I recall the only two people I was pretty strongly against one of my teams drafting, it was Blaine Gabbert and MKG. Thank God we didn't draft Gabbert, but as soon as we drafted MKG I became a believer and his biggest defender, yet some of his biggest supporters before the draft are trying to already run him out of town.
You may end up being right. He may end up not having a very productive NBA career. If he flames out and fails I hope that makes you feel good. You can come back and tell me how smart you are, and how I should have listened to you. But trust me, you don't know what they hell you are talking about. If he fails or succeeds it doesn't mean you know something that no one else does. It just mean you happened to guess right.