2012 NBA Mock Draft: Best & Worst-Case Comparisons for Projected 1st Round Picks
The 2012 NBA draft is quickly approaching.
It is an exciting time for prospects, as well as fans and analysts who love to predict what team will draft what player.
While mock drafts are certainly fun to create, it is also interesting to ponder what NBA players we can compare each prospect to.
In this mock draft, I did just that.
Here is a mock draft that contains the best and worst-case pro comparisons for every projected first-round pick.
1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis
Best: Kevin Garnett
Anthony Davis has all the attributes necessary to be the next Kevin Garnett.
At 6’11”, 220 lbs., his size is very similar to Garnett’s.
In addition, Davis’ defensive prowess—his ability to control the paint and block shots—resembles Garnett’s skill set.
In an ideal situation, there is no doubt in my mind that Davis can become a more diverse defender in the NBA. Soon he’ll improve his ability to guard stronger forwards and centers in the post, becoming a true Garnett replica.
Also, like Garnett when he came out of high school, Davis’ offensive game isn’t fully developed, although he possesses a high motor and a decent jump shot.
Finally, like Garnett, Davis has the unique ability to create for teammates because he was once a 6’3” point guard.
The similarities are there, but only time will tell if Davis truly is the next Garnett.
Worst: Marcus Camby
In the worst-case scenario, Davis’ offensive game will remain limited.
Because of this, he will only really be a threat on the boards and on the defensive end, like Marcus Camby.
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Thomas Robinson
Best: Al Horford
In an ideal situation, Thomas Robinson will be an Al Horford-type player.
Like Horford, Robinson has a high motor, great rebounding ability, a reliable mid-range jump shot, outstanding athleticism and a pretty good post-up game for a player of his age.
Robinson could potentially be an Amar’e Stoudemire-type player, but he doesn’t have enough size—Robinson is a little less than 6’9” in shoes.
Worst: Carl Landry
Carl Landry is one of the most underappreciated players in the NBA.
He has a ridiculously high motor and he’s willing to do the dirty things in order to help his team win.
Not only is Landry athletic, but he also has a decent mid-range jump shot.
If Robinson is unable to fully develop his offensive game, I can see him becoming a player similar to Carl Landry.
3. Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal
Best: Eric Gordon
Before his freshman season at the University of Florida, many compared Beal’s shooting stroke from behind the arc to that of Ray Allen’s.
Although Beal showed that he is a great shooter, he also showed that he could score in a multitude of ways.
Beal’s high basketball IQ and combination of elite shooting ability and dribble penetration mirror that of Eric Gordon.
Under the best circumstances, Beal will end up being very similar to Eric Gordon—possibly even better because of his rebounding ability.
Worst: Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo is a fantastic shooter and defender who contributes nicely as a role player.
At the very worst, Beal’s career path will follow Afflalo’s—he won’t be a guy who’ll consistently log huge minutes, but he’ll produce at a good rate as a third or fourth option on a good team.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Best: Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace is a player who relies on his athleticism and high motor to score, rebound and defend at an elite level.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has all of these characteristics and, in the ideal situation, he will develop them to Wallace’s standard.
Early in his career, Wallace didn’t have a great jump shot.
However, since then, he has become a decent perimeter shooter.
Kidd-Gilchrist’s offensive game is limited right now but, because of his hard work ethic, he will develop a nice outside shot like Wallace.
Worst: Tony Allen
At Oklahoma State, Tony Allen was an offensive threat, averaging 16.0 PPG and shooting 50 percent from the field.
However, his offensive game didn’t translate into the NBA, and he used his will and work ethic to become one of the best perimeter defenders in the game.
If Kidd-Gilchrist ceases to develop a polished offensive arsenal, he will have to rely on his defensive prowess to succeed in the NBA, much like Tony Allen.
5. Sacramento Kings: Harrison Barnes
Best: Danny Granger
As a member of the Indiana Pacers, Danny Granger scores a lot of points—his career high, in fact, was 25.8 PPG in the 2008-09 season.
Although Granger is a high-volume scorer, he relies a lot on his jump shot because he doesn’t have the ability to create for himself.
Not only is Harrison Barnes similar to Granger in size and in position, but he is also very similar to Granger in the way he scores.
At the very best, Barnes will thrive as a high-volume scorer who relies on his smooth stroke for the perimeter.
Worst: Dorell Wright
Dorrell Wright has had a decent career as a very good three-point shooter.
What has hindered Wright from being an even better player is his inability to create for himself offensively.
Barnes may face a similar dilemma and become the next Dorrell Wright.
6. Portland Trailblazers: Andre Drummond
Best: Dwight Howard
The sky is the limit for Andre Drummond, or so it seems.
Coming out of high school, Dwight Howard was an intriguing prospect because of his overwhelming size and athleticism.
His offensive skills were raw, but his potential on defense could already be seen.
Relying heavily on his ability to defend and rebound, Dwight Howard became one of the most dominant forces in the NBA.
Andre Drummond can become a similar player because he possesses the same characteristics that Howard possessed at Drummond’s age.
If he commits himself to the game, Drummond can utilize his strength, size and athleticism to become the defensive force that Howard is, in addition to developing some sort of offensive game.
Worst: DeAndre Jordan
Although DeAndre Jordan is a threat on defense and in transition, his offensive game is virtually non-existent.
If Drummond fails to develop his own offensive game, he will certainly become a DeAndre Jordan-type player.
His defense will allow him to be a starter, but his lack of offense will take away from his minutes on the floor.
The majority of his points will come from his athleticism—dunks, alley-oops, etc.
7. Golden State Warriors: Dion Waiters
Best: Poor man’s Dwyane Wade
As a sixth man, Dion Waiters provided instant offense for the Syracuse Orange, using his strong 6’4” frame to get to the hoop at will.
His jump shot came in handy too, and he shot 36 percent from the three-point line.
Although this comparison is popular, it makes perfect sense.
In the perfect situation, Waiters can be a poor man’s version of Dwyane Wade.
Being a ‘poor-man’s version’ of Wade isn’t an insult—it’s just a testament to how great Wade is.
Because of his craftiness and ability to score at the rim, Waiters’ offensive game can mirror Wade’s at the next level.
Waiters is also very aggressive on the defensive end, which allows success on the offensive end. If he continues to put work in, Waiters’ defensive intensity can match Wade’s.
Worst: Delonte West
At 6’3”, Delonte West is a solid rotation player who uses his size and strength to overpower opponents.
He also makes use of his jump shot and mid-range game to score.
If things don’t pan out, Waiters can very well become a productive fourth option for an NBA team, instead of becoming a go-to scorer.
8. Toronto Raptors: Damian Lillard
Best: Stephen Curry
Averaging 24.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 4.0 APG, Damian Lillard was outstanding in his senior season at Weber State.
Although he played at a small school, Lillard’s ability to score the ball is clearly evident.
At 6’3”, Lillard is an efficient shooter, shooting 47 percent from the field and 41 percent from downtown, and he’s also very adept at getting to the rim.
If Lillard continues to improve, he can be a very similar player to Stephen Curry in the best situation.
Like Curry, Lillard isn’t a true point guard.
However, like Curry, Lillard’s ability to score from anywhere is what makes him rare.
Worst: Daniel Gibson
Daniel Gibson is a terrific three-point shooter who doesn’t get very much playing time as a Cleveland Cavalier.
In the worst-case scenario, Lillard’s lack of point guard skills and failure to commit on the defensive end will hurt him, and he will have to resort to being a role player with tremendous shooting ability.
9. Detroit Pistons: John Henson
Best: Marcus Camby
At 6’10” and 216 lbs., John Henson is long, but very lean.
However, what he lacks in size, he makes up for in rebounding and blocking shots—in only 29 MPG in his final season in college, he averaged close to 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Although Henson can occasionally hit a mid-range jumper, his potential lies in his defense.
In the ideal situation, Henson will utilize his skills on defense and become a player similar to Marcus Camby.
With size similar to Henson’s, Camby has spent 16 seasons in the NBA rebounding and blocking shots, and I can see Henson doing the same.
Worst: Brandan Wright
Brandan Wright, a former Tarheel, spent his time in college doing what Henson did: rebounding and blocking shots.
Unfortunately, Wright didn’t pan out in the NBA.
At 6’10”, 210 lbs., Wright's physical stature and lack of experience limited him from developing into what many thought he could be, although he has become a good role player for the Dallas Mavericks.
In the worst situation, Henson could follow a similar career path—his lack of size may be his biggest limitation.
10. New Orleans Hornets: Kendall Marshall
Best: Andre Miller
Many criticize Kendall Marshall’s ability to score, which is understandable.
However, Marshall’s court vision is what makes him an attractive prospect.
The fact that he averaged close to 10 APG against some of the best college competition indicates that, in the best situation, he will become one of the purest point guards in the NBA, similar to Andre Miller.
Not many realize how good a passer Miller is—he consistently averages seven or eight APG, including a career high of 10.9 APG in his third season in the NBA.
If all goes well, Marshall can put up numbers similar to Miller’s.
In addition, Miller isn’t very well-known for his offensive game, although he has developed his jump shot over the years. During one season, Miller averaged 17.0 PPG.
Marshall wasn’t a great scorer in college, but he was efficient, shooting 47 percent from the field and a respectable 35 percent from three-point land.
If Marshall continues to polish his ability to score, there is no doubt that he can score in the double-digits consistently.
Worst: Earl Watson
Marshall’s lack of scoring ability could hurt his chances of becoming a starter in the NBA.
Instead, he may become a player like Earl Watson—a role player who earns his minutes by dishing to teammates.
11. Portland Trailblazers: Austin Rivers
Best: Jamal Crawford
We all know Austin Rivers as a man of swagger.
While his confidence certainly helped his game during his one year at Duke, it also got the best of him—at times, Rivers would force shots rather than looking for better options.
Nevertheless, Rivers is a pure scorer who has unlimited range.
If he were to meet his fullest potential, Rivers would be a player similar to Jamal Crawford.
Like Crawford, Rivers has the isolation moves necessary to be able to get to the rim, in addition to a smooth stroke from outside.
Rivers could serve a team nicely as a second or third option, or even better as a lethal weapon off the bench, much like Crawford.
Worst: Jordan Crawford
It’s possible that Rivers’ confidence will get the best of him.
Instead of realizing his limitations, Rivers may continue to force shots, similar to the Washington Wizards’ own Jordan Crawford.
12. Milwaukee Bucks: Meyers Leonard
Best: Andrew Bogut
At only 20 years of age, Meyers Leonard has only scratched the surface of his potential.
In college, he showed signs of scoring with his back to the basket—however, he is a bigger threat when it comes to hitting jumpers from the mid-range.
At 7’1”, Leonard also displayed his rebounding skills and ability to block shots—he averaged 8.2 RPG and close to 2 BPG.
What’s most impressive, however, is Leonard’s passing ability—just take a look at this video.
All of these skills indicate that Leonard can be a great center in the NBA, much like Andrew Bogut.
Bogut thrives on hitting mid-range jumpers, rebounding, blocking shots and even passing.
If he continues to develop in an ideal situation, Leonard could be just like Bogut minus all of the injuries.
Worst: Andris Biedrins
Andris Biedrins is a perfect example of a young, inexperienced center with a raw offensive game that failed to meet expectations.
If Leonard fails to meet his potential, he could certainly become the next Andris Biedrins.
13. Phoenix Suns: Jeremy Lamb
Best: Kevin Martin
At 6’7”, 185 lbs., Kevin Martin is a thin shooting guard with a nice jump shot who can score at a high rate—he once averaged 24.6 PPG.
At 6’5”, 179 lbs., Jeremy Lamb is similar to Martin in size and skill set, as he thrived in the Big East with an offensive game averaging close to 18 PPG.
If Lamb continues to develop his skills, he can become the next Kevin Martin—a thin guy who can score with his jump shot and occasionally at the rim.
Worst: Francisco Garcia
Francisco Garcia thrived in Louisville with his three-point shot, but failed to make much impact in the NBA.
In the very worst situation, Lamb may become the next Garcia, a rotation player who comes off the bench to do only thing: shoot threes.
14. Houston Rockets: Tyler Zeller
Best: Poor man’s Pau Gasol
At 7’0”, Tyler Zeller is the perfect height for an NBA center.
In college, he was very productive—last season, he averaged close to a double-double with 16.3 PPG and 9.6 RPG.
Zeller is an experienced player who has a well-rounded offensive game—he can do some damage in the post, and he has a reliable mid-range jump shot.
Zeller’s defensive presence was made evident too as he averaged 1.5 BPG last season and close to 10 RPG.
In an ideal situation, Zeller can be a poor man’s Pau Gasol.
His offensive arsenal is already pretty vast, and he still has plenty of time to expand it to Gasol-like levels.
Rebounding translates pretty well from the college game to the NBA, and Zeller can be a double-digit rebound threat like Gasol is.
Worst: Jeff Foster
In college, Jeff Foster was a double-double machine. He shot a high percentage from the field.
However, in the NBA, Foster became a role player, only used to get rebounds.
If things don’t work out for Zeller, teams may utilize him similarly to the way Foster is used in Indiana.
15. Philadelphia 76ers: Terrence Ross
Best: Jason Richardson
Terrence Ross is an intriguing prospect because he has great size for a shooting guard at 6’7”.
In addition, his combination of elite athleticism and great shooting ability—he shot 37.1 percent from downtown last season—show that he can be a very productive NBA player.
In the best-case scenario, he can be like a player who possesses very similar qualities—Jason Richardson.
Although Richardson has slowed down the past couple seasons, he was once one of the best shooting guards in the league.
Worst: Jamario Moon
In the absolute worst-case scenario, Ross will end up as the next Jamario Moon.
At 6’8”, Moon had good size, great athleticism (he was a Globetrotter!) and a nice stroke from outside.
However, even with those skills and attributes, he hasn’t done much in the NBA.
16. Houston Rockets: Terrence Jones
Best: Josh Smith
While it’s easy to perceive Terrence Jones as merely an athletic forward who can get a few highlight plays here and there, at University of Kentucky he showed that he is capable of doing a whole lot more.
Not only can Jones dunk, but he can also rebound, defend and he has a decent jump shot.
This combination of skills indicates that Jones can be the next Josh Smith in the best-case scenario.
Worst: Marvin Williams
Coming out of college in 2005, analysts raved about Marvin Williams’ combination of size and athleticism.
However, because he lacked the ability to create shots for himself, Williams hasn’t been able to live up to the hype of being a No. 2 overall pick—instead, he has become a borderline starter.
If Jones doesn’t develop his offensive game, he could be the next Williams.
17. Dallas Mavericks: Perry Jones
Best: Rudy Gay
Perry Jones III underwhelmed in his two seasons at Baylor.
Although his combination of size and shooting ability attracted many in the basketball world, Jones failed to meet lofty expectations.
However, if he commits himself to the game, he can become a player similar to Rudy Gay.
Gay is an athletic small forward who produces nicely with his jump shot and his ability to get to the rim.
Jones is similar to Gay in size, and he showed flashes of what Gay brings to the table during his time at Baylor.
The only thing that stands between Jones and his high potential is commitment.
Worst: Anthony Randolph
Coming out of college, Jones is a very similar player to Anthony Randolph.
Teams were attracted to and turned off by Randolph for many of the same reasons they are drawn towards and repelled by Jones.
Teams liked Randolph for his potential, especially at his size, but they questioned his love for the game.
So far, Randolph hasn’t been able to fulfill his potential—part of that can be attributed to commitment and part of it can be related to a lack of playing time.
Either way, if Jones fails to put in the work, a career path similar to Randolph’s seems certain.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves: Moe Harkless
Best: Trevor Ariza
Moe Harkless is only 19 years old, but many NBA teams love his potential.
At St. Johns, Harkless showed flashes of how good he can be with his combination of athleticism, quickness and length.
With this set of attributes, Harkless could be the next Trevor Ariza at the NBA level.
Ariza is an athletic, defensive-minded player who likes to score in transition.
If Harkless continues to improve his defense and develops a decent jump shot, he can be the 2009 Lakers version of Ariza—a role player who can make a huge difference in the biggest games.
Worst: Devin Ebanks
Devin Ebanks was an athletic, defensive-minded player who lacked an outside shot coming out of college, much like Harkless.
Ebanks hasn’t been given the opportunity to play much in the NBA so far, and Harkless may face a similar problem because of his limitations.
19. Orlando Magic: Marquis Teague
Best: Jeff Teague
Marquis Teague showed his blazing speed and athleticism in college.
However, he also showed that he needs improvement when it comes to decision-making.
While this comparison is often used, Teague could be very much like his older brother, Jeff Teague, in the best situation.
As a starter for the Hawks, Jeff Teague has proven that he is more than capable of getting to the rim and hitting jump shots, as well as being a pest on the defensive end.
If given the opportunity, Marquis Teague can do similar things for the team that drafts him.
Worst: Jeremy Pargo
Coming out of college, Jeremy Pargo was a similar player to Marquis Teague—an athletic point guard who needed to improve his ability to create for others.
Pargo hasn’t been able to get the opportunity to play a big role for any NBA team, most likely because he isn’t ready to be a true floor general.
In the worst situation, Teague may share a similar destiny.
20. Denver Nuggets: Jared Sullinger
Best: Carlos Boozer
At 6’9” and 268 lbs., Jared Sullinger’s size, lack of athleticism and health issues are troubling.
However, Sullinger still has the chance to be a serviceable player.
In the best-case scenario, Sullinger can be the next Carlos Boozer.
At 6’9” and 258 lbs., Boozer and Sullinger share similar size.
Also, for quite a few years, Boozer has displayed his mid-range game as well as his ability to score in the post.
In addition, he has showed that he is a great rebounder, averaging close to 10 per game over his career.
Sullinger showed similar skills at Ohio State—averaging 17.5 PPG and 9.2 RPG this past season.
Worst: Glen Davis
In the worst-case scenario, Sullinger will be the next Glen Davis.
While Davis has played some good games in the NBA, his size and lack of athleticism have been major limitations even though he was a dominant player in college.
Sullinger may face similar issues if he is unable to translate his game to the NBA level.
21. Boston Celtics: Royce White
Best: Boris Diaw
Royce White is one of the most unique players in this year’s draft.
At 6’8” and 261 lbs., he can do it all—pass, rebound, score, you name it.
There is really only one player in the NBA whom White can be compared to: Boris Diaw.
In the best-case scenario, White can be the next Diaw without the weight issues—a guy who can score in a variety of ways who is also able to pass effectively from the post.
Worst: Glen Davis
White’s talents may go to waste if a team doesn’t utilize them wisely.
If this is the case, White may become the next Glen Davis: an undersized power forward who gets his shot blocked—a lot.
22. Boston Celtics: Arnett Moultrie
Best: Jermaine O’Neal
Arnett Moultrie thrived this past season at Mississippi State, averaging a double-double.
While his offensive and defensive skills are raw, he showed that he is an athletic dunker who has a good mid-range jumper.
In an ideal situation, Moultrie can be like Jermaine O’Neal.
Although O’Neal was really good in his prime, he started his career slowly.
Given the time to develop, Moultrie has the size and athleticism to develop a vast offensive game, as well as a higher defensive IQ.
Worst: Hakim Warrick
Hakim Warrick is an athletic, high-energy guy who has trouble blocking shots even with his size.
Moultrie is very much the same in this respect, and may end up a similar player if he doesn’t develop his skills.
23. Atlanta Hawks: Fab Melo
Best: Samuel Dalembert
Fab Melo had a breakout year this past season when he became Syracuse’s defensive stopper.
Although Melo currently lacks a high basketball IQ, he could potentially become a player similar to Samuel Dalembert—a guy who blocks shots at a ridiculously high rate.
Worst: DeSagana Diop
It’s certainly possible that Melo’s basketball IQ will remain low.
If this is the case, he may become a player similar to DeSagana Diop—a tall guy who really just stands there.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Nicholson
Best: Rashard Lewis
Andrew Nicholson has climbed up draft charts the past month.
At 6’9” and 234 lbs., Nicholson is a guy who can stretch the floor with his ability to shoot from the perimeter—he shot 43 percent from three last season.
Nicholson is a good rebounder, but he doesn’t possess great athleticism.
In the best-case scenario, Nicholson could be the next Rashard Lewis.
At 6’10” and 230 lbs., Lewis is of similar size, and he built a nice career with his offensive abilities while lacking premier athleticism.
If Nicholson continues to improve his overall offensive game, he might be a steal in this year’s draft.
Worst: Vladimir Radmanovic
Vladimir Radmanovic was once a respected shooter in the NBA, but he lacks too many other skills to be considered a valuable role player.
Nicholson may rely too heavily on his jumper and lose focus on other parts of his game, thus becoming the next Radmanovic.
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Will Barton
Best: Nick Young
Will Barton thrived at Memphis this past season.
Not only did he score at a high rate, but he did so in an efficient manner—he shot 51 percent from the field.
In the best-case scenario, Barton will become a player similar to Nick Young.
Like Barton, Young is a scorer who is absolutely dangerous when hot—just ask the Grizzlies.
In the NBA, Barton can utilize his strengths as a scorer to be productive, especially off the bench.
Worst: Elliot Williams
Elliot Williams was a good scorer at the University of Memphis, averaging close to 18 PPG in his second and final college season.
However, his scoring mentality failed to translate to the NBA and he hasn't found a good amount of playing time.
The same could happen to Barton.
Like Williams, Barton's thin body could be a liability.
26. Indiana Pacers: Tony Wroten
Best: Rodney Stuckey
Tony Wroten had a nice freshman season at Washington.
However, he was prone to turnovers and showed his weakness as a jump shooter.
At 6’6”, Wroten has great size, but many speculate that he isn’t a true point guard.
In the ideal situation, Wroten can be a player similar to Rodney Stuckey.
Stuckey is a combo guard who thrives on attacking the basket.
Wroten showed his prowess at getting to the hoop in Washington, and he can do the same in the NBA.
Worst: Lance Stephenson
Lance Stephenson lacks a true position and hasn’t had a lot of playing time in the NBA.
Because of his raw skills, Wroten may face a similar fate and struggle to find consistent playing time.
27. Miami Heat: John Jenkins
Best: Jodie Meeks
John Jenkins was a lights-out shooter in college, hitting over 43 percent of his threes last season.
Nonetheless, he isn’t very good at anything else.
In the best-case situation, Jenkins will be the next Jodie Meeks.
Besides shooting, Meeks doesn’t possess an elite skill—however, he is a solid rotation player for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Worst: Andy Rautins
Andy Rautins was a great shooter in college, but his lack of other skills cost him the chance to play in the NBA.
The same may happen to Jenkins in the worst-case scenario.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Evan Fournier
Best: Evan Turner
Not too much is known about Evan Fournier because he is a foreign prospect.
Fournier is known as a shooting guard/small forward who likes to drive to the basket. He also likes to have the ball in his hands.
In an ideal situation, Fournier can be a player similar to Evan Turner.
Like Fournier, Turner likes to have the ball and score in the paint.
If Fournier adds strength and improves his jump shot, he’ll be a Turner replica.
Worst: DeMarre Carroll
Similar to Fournier, DeMarre Carroll thrived on getting to the basket as a Missouri Tiger.
However, his skills failed to fully translate to the NBA and he has averaged 3.0 PPG in his career so far.
The same could happen to Fournier if he fails to develop a reliable outside shot to pair with his ability to penetrate.
29. Chicago Bulls: Doron Lamb
Best: Jason Terry
Doron Lamb was a great shooter who was an integral part of the Wildcats’ national championship team.
At close to 6’5”, Lamb has good size for a shooting guard, and he has a good overall offensive game.
In the best-case scenario, Lamb could be a player like Jason Terry.
Terry has been a highly productive bench player who thrives on hitting jump shots.
If the right team drafts him, Lamb can be utilized in a similar way and may become the Sixth Man of the Year in the future.
Worst: Wayne Ellington
Wayne Ellington was a great perimeter shooter in college who struggled to find playing time in the NBA.
If utilized wrong, Lamb may find himself in a similar position.
30. Golden State Warriors: Quincy Miller
Best: Rudy Gay
Quincy Miller didn’t impress in his time at Baylor because he was inconsistent.
However, at 6’10”, his combination of size and shooting ability is intriguing.
In the ideal situation, Miller could be a player similar to Rudy Gay.
Gay is a tall guy who can score in numerous ways.
If Miller continues to develop his offensive game, he could follow in Gay’s footsteps.
Worst: Austin Daye
Coming out of Gonzaga, teams liked Austin Daye’s ability to shoot, especially at his size—he’s 6’11".
However, Daye’s lack of strength and other skills have prohibited him from being a reliable NBA player.
If Miller doesn’t improve much, he could end up like Daye.