Walter - I feel your pain re SD; they have had a huge injury list! I thing I note - doing analysis for AFL Australian football - is that teams with a huge injury list often underperform when they begin to get players back from injury; this is often because the injured players return a week too early and fail to fire (or get re-injured); also the players who have been carrying the extra load for them tend to relax that week; the trend in the AFL is that these teams generally miss the spread (often by a lot) as the year goes on - but they sometimes have 1 (maybe 2) unexpected wins against unwary middle to lower ranked teams. They may fire against JAX this week, but I would like a SD expert to tell us if the recently returned players are likely to improve.
Speaking of injuries - these are good reasons for being confident on TB and DEN this week. Harry Young, Melbourne
Is able to create his own shot on the perimeter with ease
His strength and aggressiveness allow him to be a fearless penetrator
Exceptionally quick first step
Great mid-range game and true threat from downtown
Makes up for his "tweener" status with his strong build
Plays with a certain swagger without coming off as cocky
Tremendous handles in breaking down his defender
Tends to try and do too much offensively, often forcing shots
Not the ideal height for an NBA two-guard, but doesn't have the skills of a true point
While he is a play-maker, Warren lacks a sense of court vision
Needs to show more commitment on the defensive end as the ability to be a lockdown perimeter is there
Summary: One word describes Warren's sophomore campaign; disappointing. He returned to school to prove he could be the go-to guy after Blake Griffin, but failed to live up to that expectation as the Sooners have struggled mightily. Add in a season-ending ankle injury and Warren has gone from a possible top-five pick to a late first-round prospect. At this point, Warren is better off returning to school and trying to re-build his draft stock that took a massive hit this season.
Player Comparison: Ben Gordon. Both Gordon and Warren are big-time scorers who don't fit the mold of a prototypical NBA shooting guard. The Sooner sophomore has the potential to take over games on the offensive end just like Gordon.