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Cam Whitmore putting in work

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by kpdark, Sep 12, 2023.

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Is he ready with a bigger role and more responsibilities AKA minutes - this early

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  1. yes

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  2. no

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  1. DaDakota

    DaDakota If you want to know, just ask!

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    And CRICKETS....of course.

    DD
     
  2. Houston77

    Houston77 COOKIES AND CAKE, MY TEAM BAKED!
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    Fifth here. I agree with this ranking in general, though I’d put Amen at 2 and Green at 3.

     
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  3. kspires999

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    Cam had a good rookie year…. Just need growth in playing team basketball. Right now, I only trust him as a microwave scorer.
     
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  4. saleem

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    I would have Jalen as a RFA. Perhaps Alpi too, because he got hurt. Otherwise, I think he should be an automatic 3 year max extension player.
     
  5. DaDakota

    DaDakota If you want to know, just ask!

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    The problem with maxing guys is if you have better players behind them can you move them when necessary?

    DD
     
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  6. DaDakota

    DaDakota If you want to know, just ask!

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    Cam will be our Ant !

    DD
     
  7. mac_got_this

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    As long as they play at a high level…
     
  8. daywalker02

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    I think he is already better than a normal microwaver.....


     
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  9. DaDakota

    DaDakota If you want to know, just ask!

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    Cam will not be on the bench for his career, he is too good, and his aggression will make him a leader of this team.

    DD
     
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  10. dobro1229

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    Certainly a better prospect than your prototypical microwaver. Just have to see how he develops as a playmaker.

    Next season... we'll see. I think his development in making plays would be the only thing that can launch him into the starting lineup if Jalen doesn't develop himself. This team to take that next level needs someone else capable of taking the load off of FVV. Jalen did it for a few months at a very high level, but didn't do it in a traditional lead guard way. He was just a scoring machine. Can Cam be more than a scorer?? Can Jalen as well???... Just gotta see how they develop.

    Look at Phoenix this year, and Devon Booker. Booker is obviously already better than Jalen, and Cam. However even he has struggled to make that leap like Luka, Harden, etc. made in being a lead guard who can create & run the offense through. Phoenix might be relying too much on Booker making that jump to MVP caliber "lead guard" too late in his career.

    Cam has the physical tools, natural gifts, and foundational skills. It's really going to be about how he starts to SEE THE GAME, and what's happening between the ears that'll make him take that leap. At the very least I think you got a guy who can score and defend. I just don't know if he'll develop enough offensively between the ears to make him be a guaranteed starter/star player.

    Big summer for Cam. I would make him play PG for the Summer League team with the mandate of averaging double digits in assists. Just try to program his brain to read defenses, and get players open for good quality shots. We all know he can score... now we need to know if he can create good shots.
     
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    Baby steps. First see if he can score in half court sets with teams loaded up on him defensively. He hasn't shown that yet. Green has since his rookie year. You can see it in the fact that Green already scored most of his makes unassisted at age 19 and would never average more turnovers than assists like Cam.

    Right now Cam is a wild bull with not much foot coordination and ability to navigate defenses in a half court set off the dribble.
     
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  12. DaDakota

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    He was a pretty good playmaker in HS, and was asked to be a primary scorer in college, he was also a good playmaker in the Gleauge - and was asked to be a scorer on the Rockets.

    He can playmake is the point. His last 3 games he had 4, 4 and 5 assists....

    People just don't know because they didn't follow him or watch some of his other stuff.....

    DD
     
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  13. dobro1229

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    The footwork of a true NBA playmaker is really that elite skill that goes under the radar. When I watched Harden at his peak here in Houston there was one other athlete I couldn't not think of and that is Barry Sanders. I've never seen footwork from any other athlete like that ever, and Harden was sort of doing that at the NBA level.

    With Cam you are right, I mean it's baby steps at this point. He's got the same physical tools, and foundational skills... but man what separates the elite from each other at the NBA or NFL level is those fine detailed skills. Deceleration, etc. And then what goes on between the ears being able to see the game, have everything slow down in your head, and pick the game apart. Look at Tom Brady (ugh...) and CP3 as two point guards/quarterbacks who just have this thing happening between the ears that makes them special.

    Those are things where there's no way to know right now what we have. The overzealous superfans.... I appreciate their passion but yeah... we don't know yet. We really don't even know yet about Sengun who I love. He's got what it takes between the ears in seeing the game, etc. but the physical side is where there are even bigger questions.

    Interesting set of prospects that much is a given. HUGE summer for alot of these guys. Cam for sure.
     
  14. daywalker02

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    Appreciated. You would want to structure his future contract around the improvements and what he does well and elite on the NBA level.

    Give him 2 years as the rough cut.

     
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    Cam just needs to watch a ton of film of open teammates he missed and defensive slip ups. Having a wider vision of what's going on will turn this guy into a beast. I'm glad we can afford to bring him along slowly and let Ime coach him hard, to be honest it's exactly what he needs.

    I think he will be a good 25ppg scorer in this league it will just take till he's around 23 or 24 years old. Just keep making small improvements to passing, handles and defense for 3 or 4 years. Can't believe we picked this guy up so late in the draft.
     
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    So true, if money is tight. OKC rushed to max Russ and there was no money left for Harden… You don’t wanna be in that situation.
     
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    Now that the season's over and I'm going over his season stats, it's pretty damn promising. Per 100 possessions he leads the Rockets in 3 pointers attempted and at 35.9% definitely qualifies as being good enough to spread the floor. He obviously doesn't see the floor at all but at least he takes care of the ball. The parts of his offensive game that needs to improve should be things that he can improve if he works hard, such as having more of floater type in-between shot, as well as better finishing around the basket. I'm going to assume the passing/playmaking part is either never going to happen or at least will take a while, so hoping he just be a more efficient scorer next year. Defensively I feel like Udoka can mold him well as long as he has the motor and coachable.

    Honestly if Jalen Green is still inconsistent next year, Cam should take over the starting SG spot.
     
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  19. Nook

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    Cam will not be on the bench for the rest of his career if he improves defensively, plays more consistently and integrates into the offense more easily. He is very young - but has a lot to work on as well.

    It isn't 2000 anymore - regardless of your stats, if you do not help a team win - you will not keep playing. Cam would arguably go top 2 in this draft, possibly #1 - so I am not ******** on him, but he needs work.
     
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  20. Rokman

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    And it needs to happen immediately. No 2nd, 3rd, 4th chances. You're stinking it up - straight to the bench and bye-bye starting spot. You're the 6th man now.
     

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