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Weight: 185 lbs.
Stats: 25.7 MPG, 50% FG, 35.6% 3P, 68.8% FT, 5.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 10.2 PPG
Ty Lawson didn't start right away, as Bobby Frasor was the returning starter for North Carolina in 2006. He would eventually take over and lead the Tar Heels to a share of the ACC regular season title and the ACC tournament.
Lawson was very similar to Raymond Felton with his speed and physicality. However, Lawson's speed is still unknown to humankind.
The way he would just fly past everyone on a break was beyond ridiculous. It was simply unfair for the college competition.
Even NBA players are having a hard time keeping up with the little bugger.
He did have a little better grasp on pace than Felton, though.
Despite his 5'11" frame, Lawson found ways to score, usually using his stocky body to absorb contact and finish at the rim. Because of that, Lawson lived on the foul line and constantly finished three-point plays.
If he wasn't churning out three-point plays in the paint, he was dropping treys. He shot a decent 35.6 percent his freshman season, but improved that to 47.2 percent his junior, and final, year.
Much like Felton, he didn't get too creative with his passing. He did get carried away at times in his freshman season, but he would later develop into a much more efficient passer.
As I mentioned with Felton, Paige is very similar in that manner.
He doesn't try to do too much in the passing game, but we'll have to wait and see if he is as good with alley-oops as Lawson.
Paige will be able to knock down threes the way Lawson did at UNC. He comes in as a 44 percent shooter from high school range.
Naturally, that will drop with the arc set further back.
But Paige shot 117 threes his senior year at Linn-Mar, so it's a part of his game he takes pride in. And now he has assistant coach Hubert Davis to help him work out any kinks.
He doesn't have the stocky frame or the speed of Lawson. He certainly doesn't have the physicality, so we won't see Paige absorb contact and finish.
Lawson was also a ruthless defender, averaging 2.1 steals per game by his senior year. And anyone who watched the 2009 championship can't forget his eight steals against Michigan State.
Though he's a very able defender, I don't see Paige putting up those kind of numbers in any year. He did average 3.1 steals in prep, but that gets much harder to come by at this level.
There are some similarities between the two, but Ty Lawson was simply not of this earth.