Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough may not have a true, blue starting point guard in the fold as of yet, but he certainly believes that Devin Booker can take on more of the floor general role, pointing to Houston Rockets guard James Harden as his prototype player.
“I think, yeah, in terms of the efficiency that Harden plays with,” McDonough said, according to Evan Sidery of Bright Side of the Sun. “How he scores so efficiently from the three-point line, at the rim and the free throw line. That should be the prototype for Devin offensively, in terms of offensive efficiency.”
In fact, McDonough sees a lot of similarities between Booker and the MVP guard.
“Yeah, that’s the guy” McDonough stated.
“If you look at an offensive guard with similar size, I think at the same stage of their career, I think Devin is a little bit better of a shooter, spot-up shooter.” McDonough said. “Harden is very physically imposing. Devin’s gotten stronger, he’s only 21 years old, but if you look at Harden up-close he’s strong and physical and I think that helps getting to the basket drawing fouls. That’s a guy we certainly look at.”
Phoenix’s general manager also spoke about Booker’s continued focus on watching film from other guards in the league.
“Devin watches as much film and NBA basketball as anybody and tries to steal things, especially from the elite guards around the league, I think you’ll see some of that in the way Devin plays and develops, especially as he matures.”
Pistons’ Andre Drummond Says Pairing with Blake Griffin ‘Nightmare’ for Teams
Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond is a big fan of playing alongside forward Blake Griffin and believes it gives the Pistons an edge over their opponents.
In fact, Drummond believes that he and Griffin pose a “nightmare” challenge for opposing teams.
“I think for me, my job is to make his game as easy as possible on the offensive end. When I get him open, he usually makes the right plays,” Drummond said, accordig to The Associated Press.
“It’s a nightmare for teams. You’ve got to really pick your poison, who you really want to get going, and it’s scary when we both get it going.”
Drummond is putting in a solid season, averaging 17.4 points and 15.0 rebounds per game this season.
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Feeling Comfortable with Team
Golden State Warriors’ big man DeMarcus Cousins is feeling good as he is hitting his stride with his new team this season, so much so that he is saying that he is finally in his “happy place”.
“I’m just being myself,” Cousins said, according to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami.
“It’s fun to win, it’s fun to play for something, it’s fun to play the right way on a nightly basis. I’ve got no complaints. … Me being back on the floor, this is my happy place, man. Just happy to be back.
“And the scary part about it: we’ve still got so much more room to grow.”
Cousins is averaging 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game for Golden State this season.
Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki Doesn’t Consider Himself Greatest International NBA Player of All Time
As he winds down his career, Dallas Mavericks legend, and future Hall of Famer, Dirk Nowitzki is seeing the appreciation for his career demonstrated throughout this season.
Still, despite the opinion of others, Nowitzki doesn’t consider himself the greatest international NBA player in league history.
“I would never say that myself” Nowtizki said, according to Dwain Price of Mavs.com.
“There are so many great players that I respect, starting with (Detlef) Schrempf, obviously who is German, (Toni) Kukoc and (Drazen) Petrovic, who obviously his career got cut so short, unfortunately. (Vlade) Divac. There’s too many to mention – players that I respected kind of. . .paved the wave the way for me. And if I helped change the game in a way or helped some Europeans down the line, then that’s obviously an honor and that’s great.”
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