With the draft coming up in just a few days, there has been a buzz going around the Timberwolves front office that Baylor Forward Quincy Miller will be the next man to don the uniform for the Wolves. Now for a kid who has drawn comparisons anywhere from Tayshaun Prince to Kevin Durant, there’s no reason to not be excited about this young man (he will still be 19 at the time of his first NBA game). There’s also been a lot of reasons for people to argue that he will be the next Austin Daye. We’ll take a look at the statements made for both:
You can’t teach height, and Miller is tall for a small forward at 6’9″. He also has a wingspan measured at 7’4″, longer than your typical NBA small forward.
The slightly underdeveloped, he still has the ability to get off a shot where ever he wants to inside the paint. This is due to his ability to move in the lane with such fluidity, and he is still just a little over a year and a half removed from a torn ACL suffered as a senior in high school.
Still managed to average double digit points (10.6) playing in the presence of Perry Jones III, Brady Heslip, Pierre Jackson, and Quincy Acy. It seemed like every night there was always a different Baylor player who led the team in scoring. He comes from an offense that distributes the ball to the open man, as evidence by all 5 starters averaging 10+ ppg. Jackson led the team with a 13.8 average. His basketball IQ will rarely come into question once he enters the league.
Rebounding. Rebounding. Rebounding. Only 4.9 rpg for a 6’10″ (with shoes) forward? On the bright side, there’s nowhere to go but up. Keep in mind that if the Timberwolves were to draft Miller that he would be playing with the best rebounder in the league in Kevin Love, who is the best rebounder this league has seen since Dennis Rodman. Miller must improve this in order to provide more value to his team.
True defensive ability. I say this because he played under the well known 1-3-1 Baylor zone. How good of a man defender will he be? This won’t unfortunately be answered until he steps on the court, and his supposed poor showing at the combine didn’t do him any favors either.
With the Kevin Durant comparisons, also comes the Kevin Durant criticisms. The main gripe over Miller will be his strength. Weighing in at about 220 pounds, just a little small for a player of his height. Then again, Durant proved he didn’t need to be the hulk in order to succeed. If Miller can work on ways to mask his poor strength, he will be able to do just fine.
So should the Wolves take him? I personally don’t think so. I believe this draft should be geared toward filling holes at shooting guard and adding some defensive strength to the front court. Also, if Derrick Williams is going to start, it will be at the 3. Picking Miller here doesn’t make much sense to me, especially when a prime time shooting guard might slip down to #18.