Welcome Davion Mitchell

Has another rookie been better through the first 9-10 games? I think not.
Mobley and Barnes look like future superstars and way further ahead on O than people expected I think, Giddey and Wagner have been rock solid, but the other ball-handlers/wings (Cade, Green, Suggs) have really struggled early. My top 5 would probably look like through 9 games:

Mobley
Barnes
Mitchell
Wagner
Giddey

Duarte has also looked like a real nice find for Indy for a late first. Herb Jones playing strong defense and already playing a huge role on the hurt Pelicans. Once the top guys get going, this looks like it's going to be a real league-changing draft; especially on the defensive end.
 
We're still dealing with tiny tiny samples, but thought it was interesting checking Davion's DEF On/Off splits:

Davion ON: 106.9 DEF RTG/ 243 minutes
Davion OFF: 113.9 DEF RTG/ 190 minutes

So if we applied that to team DEF rating for the season so far, we've been 30th in DEF Rtg with him off and 16th with him on the floor. But, I do think this Hornets game really messed with the inputs because the offensive RTG quite a bit

Davion ON: 108.5 ORtg (10th in the NBA)
Davion OFF: 118.5 ORtg (1st in the NBA by a significant margin)

I do think this lines a bit with the eye test with how he's played so far. He's certainly been an impactful defender in virtually every contest, but has had several games where he was just a total non-factor on O and wasn't hitting shots. That seems to be turning around though, so it wouldn't surprise me to see this sort of split when we get more sample, just more condensed.
 
Scottie Barnes has looked like a freaking superstar to start the year and Mobley is going to be a monster but aside from that Davion might have an argument for most impactful rookie.
Both SBarnes and Mobley have been fantastic. (Funny to think that early in the draft consideration process there was some thought that Barnes might last until the Kings' pick.) But no doubt in my mind, then or now, that DM was the BPA for the Kings.
 

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Davion’s defense is as advertised, I’m almost more impressed with how fearless he is on offense. He isn’t afraid to attack and let it fly even when things aren’t going his way. And he has some moves too! That step back is nice! Really didn’t expect the offense to have such flashes.
 
Mobley and Barnes look like future superstars and way further ahead on O than people expected I think, Giddey and Wagner have been rock solid, but the other ball-handlers/wings (Cade, Green, Suggs) have really struggled early. My top 5 would probably look like through 9 games:

Mobley
Barnes
Mitchell
Wagner
Giddey

Duarte has also looked like a real nice find for Indy for a late first. Herb Jones playing strong defense and already playing a huge role on the hurt Pelicans. Once the top guys get going, this looks like it's going to be a real league-changing draft; especially on the defensive end.
Kings missed a perfect draft by a few picks in the 2nd round. Davion and Herb Jones on the perimeter and this Kings team has the defensive perimeter fixed for the next ten years.

And as for Jones his offensive upside is still considerable. Dude can drive and dish. Just missing a shot. Wanted him badly. Ugh.
 
Davion’s defense is as advertised. So much as advertised that when his counterparts score a basket it makes you wonder how it happened and over focus on it.

He is destroying other backup point guards while also doing work on primary scorers.
Clarkson, Brunson, Ish Smith, etc. Kings used to give up career nights to backup guards nightly.

I think at this point Elfrid Payton is the only depth chart counterpart(not talking Donovan, Lillard, Steph that Davion also guards effectively) that didn’t have a completely inefficient trash game when guarded a significant amount of times by a Davion...and even in that case, we’ve seen Payton have monster games against the Kings. He was OK.

Less than 10 NBA games and he can already defend at the highest level without getting called for a lot of fouls. It’s only going to get better. The fact that he’s also showing glimpses of being an explosive scorer off the bench as well makes this a total draft hit
 
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It’s kinda funny, Lonzo came into the league drastically overrated offensively. Not many predicted he’d be better defensively.
Lonzo was always more of a connector on offense. His shot was and is funky, Like Lamelo, he doesn’t have elite burst.

Defensively, in college, the only player he had trouble defending was Fox. He pretty much handled everyone else including Markell Fultz.

Ball was one of my FA targets last year. If you love Hali, you would love Lonzo.
 
Kings missed a perfect draft by a few picks in the 2nd round. Davion and Herb Jones on the perimeter and this Kings team has the defensive perimeter fixed for the next ten years.

And as for Jones his offensive upside is still considerable. Dude can drive and dish. Just missing a shot. Wanted him badly. Ugh.
yeah I was right there with you. He was a classic case of falling because he was 22 years old when he came out. Had he been 19, he would have been a late lottery pick.

The shot is still a legit concern, but even if he can raise it to Mo Harkless levels, I think he's got clear starter upside. Just can't be a wing player in the NBA without a shot, unless you're the unicorn athlete that Ben Simmons is. Even if it doesn't, he'll stick as an 8-9 man for a long time.
 
yeah I was right there with you. He was a classic case of falling because he was 22 years old when he came out. Had he been 19, he would have been a late lottery pick.

The shot is still a legit concern, but even if he can raise it to Mo Harkless levels, I think he's got clear starter upside. Just can't be a wing player in the NBA without a shot, unless you're the unicorn athlete that Ben Simmons is. Even if it doesn't, he'll stick as an 8-9 man for a long time.
I know this board was really high on Moses Moody, but I thought and still think Jones is a better player in the near and long term. Age matters, but we’re talking a 19 and 22 yr old. Both are young.

For me, it was simple. The only thing Moody had over Jones was a three point shot. Jones is bigger, longer, more athletic, a superior driver, facilitator and defender.

And to be clear, I think Moody will end up being a good ten year pro. Just didn’t understand why one was a lottery pick and the other fell to the second.
 
I know this board was really high on Moses Moody, but I thought and still think Jones is a better player in the near and long term. Age matters, but we’re talking a 19 and 22 yr old. Both are young.

For me, it was simple. The only thing Moody had over Jones was a three point shot. Jones is bigger, longer, more athletic, a superior driver, facilitator and defender.

And to be clear, I think Moody will end up being a good ten year pro. Just didn’t understand why one was a lottery pick and the other fell to the second.
its a shooting League