I’m going to throw a few names at you—Aaron Afflalo, Jrue Holiday and Russell Westbrook. All of these players looked underwhelming in Ben Howland’s system at UCLA, but went on to have productive NBA careers.
How good will Honeycutt be at the next level? Honeycutt is a very intriguing prospect. He is a great rebounder and good shot-blocker. He has all the tools that the Spurs have coveted in their small forwards—size, length and basketball IQ.
San Antonio has struggled for the last four years adding perimeter players of Honeycutt’s physique. Batum was snatched from underneath its nose three years ago. The Richard Jefferson trade hasn’t quite worked out and Corey Brewer spurned the Spurs for the Mavs earlier in the season. I doubt Honeycutt will be ready to contribute right away, but the Spurs should be patient.