K Nunn prior to the NBA did not have near the handles as Ayo, not as high of a bball IQ, and not nearly the passer as Ayo. I am not picking on you for this specific, but I think people are overhyping Nunn was for the Illini. Was he good - yes, pretty good - all big 10 honorable mention type - elite athlete, good d, and good, but streaky shooter. Was Nunn good enough to ever be considered first team all Big 10? Does this mean Ayo will be as good of a pro as Nunn? No, it does not. However, to me, Ayo has had the best season from a player since at least McCamey and realistically, probably, Dee years. I mean Malcolm Hill is not in the NBA, but was a better player for us than Nunn.K Nunn is way more athletic than Ayo. K Nunn would finish at the rim with dunks. K Nunn is a vastly superior shooter from deep. Ball handling is probably even. K Nunn is listed as a PG but plays off the ball a lot since Jimmy Butler dominates the rock. Ayo has a great pull up and is creative finishing at the rim along with being a closer. I don’t think that gets you to the first round. As pointed out, he is not strong enough ball handling and facilitating to be a PG and not a strong enough shooter to play SG.
I think he could have a similar route to Patrick Beverly. He ends up in Europe working on his defense and 3 point shooting and ends up being a role player in the league after proving himself.
For pro perspectives, if he maxes out, I can see a Shai Alexander-Gilgeous type with chance to be more clutch. If he does not max out, but still finds a niche, I can see a Derek Harper/Shaun Livingston type. If teams shy away due to shooting ability, a good pro in Europe...
Ayo - strengths.
-True combo guard - is not just a shooting guard that can handle the ball. He is literally a 3 point shot away from being an elite combo guard. Has hesitation handles, can score in a variety of ways including speed in open court, mid-range, floaters, etc....
-Great passer for a shooting guard and average passer for a point guard. Is not a true scorer mentality only, but can score in bunches within flow of game.
- Length at the Point Guard and average height at SG. Seems to have a long wing span.
- High IQ
- Not a great vertical athlete, but very fast/quick.
- Good handles at SG, average at PG.
- Solid D
- Needs more mass
- Needs a 3 point shot
- what position is he?
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