Friday, June 17, 2005

Paul Better than Baron?

In ESPN's latest Mock Draft, the New Orleans Hornets select Chris Paul and here is the analysis accompanying the selection:

"The Hornets' biggest need isn't at the point, but Paul is a big upgrade over Speedy Claxton and Dan Dickau. Suddenly the loss of Baron Davis doesn't sting as much. In fact, Paul's a better prospect than Baron was."

Now that B-Diddy is on our side, what do you think? Is Chris Paul a better prospect today than Baron was 6 years ago? Do you think he's going to have more of an impact on the league than Baron or is this just the usual draft hype? To help your analysis, take a look at the scouting reports:

Chris Paul (ESPN) - selected anywhere from 2nd-4th
Baron Davis (UseNet) - 3rd pick 1999, Charlotte Hornets

And I realize that the ESPN report might be more respected, but the UseNet analysis (couldn't find Baron's ESPN report) seems to be well thought out and researched.

Leave a comment, let us know what you think.


4 Comments:

At 8:53 AM, Anonymous B Diddy Fan said...

Hellnaw, just a bunch of predraft hype.

 
At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Bitter Hornets Fan said...

Of course Chris Paul will be better than Baron Davis. Probably not as good as Speedy Claxton though.

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous onMooksNutz said...

i feel like being a borderline or suspiciously 6'0 pg = tragedy. jay will (poor guy) and TJ Ford... hmm..lets hope chris paul stays healthy.

btw. mookie blaylock is the best pg ever. im glad the warriors traded their 11th pick for him.

 
At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's a comment that some guy dropped over at a newsnet group about this topic. thought it was pretty good:

What makes Baron so good is that he is really strong for a point guard
while still being very quick (though not Tony Parker quick). This creates
a matchup problem for a lot of point guards who Baron can overpower on the
way to the hoop.
In fact, Tony Parker is probably a pretty good comparison for Paul. Paul
is probably going to be a better shooter at the NBA level than Baron
unless his 3 point range really only extends to the college 3 point line
and he's quick, but he's also very small which limits what he can do off
the dribble.

I think this is really just sour grapes from a Hornets fan.
--
Greg Lentz

 

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