Under the radar starter. . .


Ellis269

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I read an article the other day about the upside of Royce O’Neale. It got me thinking about how likely (or not) it was that he could develop into a legitimate NBA starter. I decided to compare him to other players who had a similar path in the NBA and a comparable skill set. Since they were nearly all later picks or undrafted, I used their Per36 minutes stats to compare them before they became regular starters. I know that's not a perfect way to evaluate them, but it was the most consistent way that I could think of. . .

Player A. SG/SF: Royce O'Neale (Undrafted) - 151 games, 20 starts (2,821 total minutes) - 3.6/8.0 FG (45.1%) - 1.4/3.8 3pt (37.1%) - 9.8 Points - 6.6 Rebounds - 2.8 Assists - 1.1 Steals - 0.5 Blocks

Player B. SF: DeMarre Carroll (Late 1st) - 173 games, 22 starts (2,304 total minutes) - 4.4/10.4 FG (42.8%) - 0.4/1.5 3pt (28.4%) - 11.2 Points - 6.2 Rebounds - 1.8 Assists - 1.5 Steals - 0.5 Blocks

Player C. SF/PF: Trevor Ariza (Mid 2nd) - 137 games, 22 starts (2,381 total minutes) - 4.0/9.3 FG (43.1%) - 0.1/0.3 3pt (22.2%) - 11.1 Points - 7.0 Rebounds - 2.2 Assists - 1.9 Steals - 0.4 Blocks

Player D. SG/SF: Kent Bazemore (Undrafted) - 203 games, 25 starts (2,502 total minutes) - 4.8/11.4 FG (41.9%) - 1.5/4.2 3pt (34.4%) - 13.2 Points - 5.2 Rebounds - 2.7 Assists - 1.6 Steals - 0.7 Blocks

Player E. SF/PF: Al-Farouq Aminu (Early 1st) - 147 games - 35 starts (2,929 total minutes) - 3.8/9.5 FG (40.2%) - 0.7/2.3 3pt (30.5%) - 10.5 Points - 7.1 Rebounds - 1.5 Assists - 1.5 Steals - 0.7 Blocks

Player F. SF/PF: P. J. Tucker (Early 2nd) - 96 games - 45 starts (1,993 total minutes) - 4.0/8.4 FG (47.4%) - 0.4/1.3 3pt (31.4%) - 9.7 Points - 6.7 Rebounds - 2.0 Assists - 1.2 Steals - 0.3 Blocks
 
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Ellis269

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Each of these players are widely regarded as plus-to-elite defenders (or high level 3&D players) who took at least two years to become NBA starters. Within two years of each of these stats, almost every single player became a full-time NBA starter and has started at least 75% of the games they've played in for the rest of their career - for a total of 2,630 starts out of a total of 3,478 games (75.6%). *Player J. has only started 65.2% of his games, but has also been playing the longest out of all the players that I included. On average, they didn't become starters until they were about 25 years old.

(I decided to exclude Player B. or Player C. from that equation because they're both multiple time All-Stars who've started almost 100% of their games since these stats.)
 

Ellis269

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Player A.) - SG/SF (6'6" 226 lbs.) - The subject of the article that I read. Someone that likely has starting potential for the future.

Player B.) - SF (6'8" 215 lbs.) - Elite 3 & D wing who has made about $14.5 million per year (on average) for the past 4 years.

Player C.) - SF/PF (6'8 215 lbs.) - Elite 3 & D wing/forward who has made about $9.34 million (on average) for the past 5 years.

Player D.) - SG/SF (6'5 201 lbs.) - Defensive wing who has made about $16.9 million (on average) for the past 3 years.

Player E.) - SF/PF (6'9" 220 lbs.) - Defensive wing/forward who has made about $7.5 million (on average) for the past 4 years. Former lottery pick who ended up on a minimum contract for a year.

Player F.) - SF/PF (6'6"245 lbs.) - 3 & D wing forward who has made about $6.4 million (on average) for the past 5 years. Former international player who wasn't a consistent NBA starter until he was 28 years old.
 
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Jingled

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I assume you're talking about O'neal? I definitely think he could become a full time starter down the line. If we land someone like Tobias Harris in the offseason there's a chance we could move Donovan to point guard and make O'neale the starting 2 guard next season. I personally think he's a good bench piece and I'd prefer to keep him there for the time being.
 

Ellis269

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I assume you're talking about O'neal? I definitely think he could become a full time starter down the line. If we land someone like Tobias Harris in the offseason there's a chance we could move Donovan to point guard and make O'neale the starting 2 guard next season. I personally think he's a good bench piece and I'd prefer to keep him there for the time being.
Yep. It is Royce O'Neale.

Player A. Royce O'Neale
Player B. DeMarre Carroll
Player C. Trevor Ariza
Player D. Kent Bazemore
Player E. Al-Farouq Aminu
Player F. P. J. Tucker

I'm not sure if he gets a chance to start in Utah, but he might. I think that he could have a jump like Carroll and Bazemore both did in similar circumstances. Eventually, I think he's a rotational wing/forward like Tucker and Ariza - just not sure how much he's going to get as a RFA next offseason.
 
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The Thriller

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Thabo sucks. He along with Rubio and Exum are players I don’t want to see next year.

Royce is a decent 8th or 9th man. Some people on this board act like he’s the second coming of Jordan. Honestly, he’s a dime a dozen player. What exactly is his ceiling? Poor man’s B-Russ? James Posey?
 

Hotdog

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Thabo sucks. He along with Rubio and Exum are players I don’t want to see next year.

Royce is a decent 8th or 9th man. Some people on this board act like he’s the second coming of Jordan. Honestly, he’s a dime a dozen player. What exactly is his ceiling? Poor man’s B-Russ? James Posey?
Royce is very limited and is not a quality NBA starter

You two are the dumbests people on this forum.

Royce got next.

Watch and see.
 

The Jazz Wonderbra

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Royce looked poised to take a leap after last years playoffs and he really didnt last year. I think the Harden matchup is a good one for him but he doesnt matchup that well against everyone.

I do expect him to be a solid part of this team moving forward and I hope we can have him for a while.
 

Douchebag K

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You two are the dumbests people on this forum.

Royce got next.

Watch and see.

You’re a clueless troll. Royce is a great defender and good shooter if he’s open. He can’t create a damn thing on his own and turns the ball over when he tries. He misses more easy attempts at the rim than Dante
 

LoPo

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Royce O'Neale should start for us and I personally believe he is going to emerge as a strong starter for a long time. We could start him at SG, SF or PF.

He needs to work on his playmaking ability, but that will come with time. His defense, consistent level of effort, and ability to shoot from distance makes him really valuable for us.

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fishonjazz

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I have no idea about Royce and I don't think anyone else does either.
He has good size and athleticism and a decent shot. High motor/energy/effort. Makes quick decisions. Does he have a high bbiq? I think most would say yes. Despite these positive attributes his stats are underwhelming.
20 minutes per game. 5 points. 3.5 rebounds. 1.5 assists. 47% from the field, 39% from 3, 76% from the line (he never gets to the line though. Only 0.5 attempts per game)

His per 36 stats suck too. The only players on the entire team that average less points per game per 36 are Naz and Tyler cavanaugh. Thats not good. Udoh, Tony Bradley, Exum, neto, sefalosha all average more points per 36. Those guys aren't great scorers.

He isn't really good at anything besides defense.

He only takes open shots. Maybe with more usage, touches, and shots he would be better on offense. I think the common thought is that more usage and shots means lower efficiency though.

He is 25 years old and was undrafted iirc.

If you look at the whole picture without any bias then I think you would come to the conclusion that he just isn't very good.

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