Originally Posted by awwsome
I wasn't arguing that the #'s aren't similar, just that Beal is more complete than OJ was and is.
The defensive win share argument is horrible for analyzing individual defense.
OJ was never a good defender and he's even worse now.
If you go by defensive RPM, Beal is always better.
I agree that Beal is more complete. Bradley Beal knew who he was as a player, whereas OJ didn't at the time he came into the league. OJ was put into a situation where he was on a rebuilding squad without a clear cut leader. There were 3 rookies in his starting 5 that year, a lost PG at the time in Conley and a young Rudy Gay
. Beal came into the league knowing he wasn't going to be considered the leader of the team or the star player. He was considered a good jump shooter, rebounder and solid defender when coming into the league, so his expectations were not extremely high as is.
I don't know what OJ would've been if his circumstances were a little better, but I also don't think people remember how good he actually was in his first two years as a player before his drop off. So, its not like I'm downing Beal as a player by comparing his production to OJ's