My overall grades will be absolute. Nothing to do with previous expectations. PG: Grevis Vasquez
I like him more than most. That doesn't mean I think he's an All-Star. That said, he was probably our best, most consistent player this year, which has to be taken with a teaspoon of salt. I want to see him stick around for his leadership qualities on a young team and his value. I do want to see another good, young guard to compete with him. Maybe we see enough improvement from Rivers to ride it out at PG and upgrade elsewhere. I think Rivers could be that D we need at the point in situations.
Overall B Brian Roberts
It's like we saw two totally players in him at different times. He looked really good in his couple of starts, but was also extremely frustrating to watch at times. I think he grew a lot as a player this year as far as learning to run half court sets. He just has physical limitations to overcome.
Overall C SG Eric Gordon
I don't even want to talk about it
Overall C Austin Rivers
I agree with what you said about him being thrown to the wolves. Not only that, but losing Gordon meant the move to PG was delayed. I really want to see how he does in year 2, especially defending the point. I think he and Vasquez could be a solid bridge for the next couple of years
Overall Incomplete Roger Mason
Mason was way better than I expected, but as well as he performed, he just didn't see minutes as the coaching staff really forced the youth movement. I have a lot of respect for the way he handled himself.
Overall C+ SF Al-Farouq Aminu
If this guy played with a killer instinct, he could be a damn good player, but he doesn't. He often shells up when he has any adversity and it just becomes a downward spiral. His defensive rebounding and length in the zone are undeniable. Given the new ICB trajectory on his jump shot, that tells me he at least tried to work on it last offseason. I'd like to bring him back as a rotation SF/PF for a couple million per, but we'll see.
Overall C- Darius Miller
Very limited minutes make it very hard to judge, but there were times where he looked really solid. He is coming from 4 years of college, so he should me a little more mentally advanced, but it was nice seeing him holding his own against some decent SGs and SFs. If he continues working on his defense and can stay tenacious combined with that smooth stroke from beyond the arc, he could work his way into a Bruce Bowen type of player.
Overall Incomplete PF Anthony Davis
The injuries were a bit concerning, but nothing too serious thankfully. He did have a few stretches where focus were an issue, but he's a kid. I think he's everything we expected and more at this point. His offense was way ahead of my wildest expectations. I hope he works on his spot ups this summer, which should make him damn near unstoppable. Try to guard him at 16 feet and he'll own you. He needs to do a better job of recognizing defenders drawing charges, but that's just him trying to posterize people. I can handle it.
Overall A Ryan Anderson
He went through some cold streaks that really sapped our abilities, but like when any of our big 4 had a bad game, we just didn't have any depth to cover for it. He is definitely a niche player with limited defensive abilities (damn near our entire roster fits this description), but his shooting for a guy his height is impressive. My hope is that AD will pressure him in practice so that he becomes more comfortable getting off a shot with a defender in his pocket (he has the height to do it, but he seems to get distracted by the defender).
Overall B+ C Robin Lopez
Solid season but i feel he needs to be a backup. We would benefit from a better defensive C imo
I think the fact that he and Gravy shared a weakness in the pick and roll kind of exposed both of them worse.
Overall C- Jason Smith
Hard to grade him with all of the injuries he had to try to play through. He was a warrior about it. We all love the guy, but I think he's probably a low-minute bench player on any good Pelicans team we'll see.
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