Originally Posted by leemelone
Byron also has a "great track record" with young players. Brooks is the same guy that was giving perk and fisher minutes over Adams, Reggie, Morrow, lamb etc. Only played young players when injuries forced his hand. He's not so different from pre Cleveland Byron honestly
Let's take this one by one.Reggie Jackson
-was a really bad player coming into the league. He was drafted for depth. Nothing else
-His second year, he gave him as much opportunity as he did Fisher. In order to give Reggie more time in year 2, Fisher ended up being a SG off the bench.
-And in the 3rd year he gave him 29 mpg the whole year, 24.5mpg in the first 30 games that Westbrook was playing. When Westbrook came back after trade deadline, he still gave him 28.7mpg
Have to factor in that Westbrook plays 35 minutes a game. You run into a quandary with that. Because Reggie isn't good enough to play off ball, and shoot. So you're limited by what you can do with him. He also was drafted with being a backup as a ceiling in mind.Jeremy Lamb
- Played in the DLeague in his first year
- He was also on a team in year 1 that included Westbrook, RJax, KD, Thabo & Kevin Martin. There is so much overlap that It bled the minutes for the SG spot.
- KD played 38minutes. Thabo & Kevin Martin played 27 minutes each.
-They ended up moving KD to the 4 on average 5mpg because they didn't have enough minutes.
- He wasn't better than KMart or Thabo. So they put him in the DLeague
- When KMart was gone after the season, he got 19mpg
- He was not considered a Day 1 starter, and was seen as someone who needed time.Steven Adams
- He was a project player, drafted at the end of the lottery in a weak draft. There was no reason to believe when he was selected that he was going to start.
-Perk & Collison were the guys who were going to the dance with the Thunder.
- But you're right when Perkins went down he put Steven Adams in the starting rotation over Collison. Because Collison wasn't able to be good enough to start
-The next season, Adams was starting over Perkins & Collison
- But I'll give you that he deserved more time in his first year.Anthony Morrow
Played 24 minutes his first year with the Thunder.
Then dropped down to 13 minutes per game under Donovan in his second year.
So he played Morrow. Fisher was also gone before Morrow got there.
You're really confusing guys who were seen as projects versus guys who were seen as Day 1 Starters (Russell & Randle). But 3 of those 4 guys still developed well under Brooks. Lamb just isn't very good. Factor in that KD, Westbrook, Harden & Serge developed under Brooks as well. And also confusing a team vying for a title versus a team that has nothing else to do but play young guys.
That's a whole hell of a lot different between Scott Brooks & Byron Scott