Mayo impresses while Randolph, Greene falter
June, 23, 2008
By Doug Gottlieb
• Credit O.J. Mayo for being very smart. Mayo looks great in individual workouts, as he is mature (20 years old) and very skilled at nearly every part of the game. My main issue with Mayo is simple -- he lacks two things to make him a great player: a big-time first step and a clue about shot selection. Mayo will be a solid and competitive pro, but he really believes he is the next Kobe, and in my honest opinion, he is not, because of his lack of a Kobe/Jordan/Dwyane Wade-like first step. If a team takes him as a second option, he will perhaps be the most productive player in the draft from day one. • One potential lottery pick told me that "Anthony Randolph is going to be sick in a couple of years, but he has had virtually no coaching. He really was lost in many of the basic drills, but he is so big and long and skilled, it would be impossible to not take a look at him." Most people in the NBA are worried about him being another Stromile Swift -- good in the airport and layup lines, but never really able to get the most out of his immense talent. • The same guy told me, "Donte Greene does one thing and one thing only: He shoots. He does not guard, rebound, defend or anything else, but he shoots all the time and he is a good, not great, shooter."
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