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Patty Mills - the Australian Sensation

[Note by Cornrows, 04/21/09 6:45 PM EDT - From the FanPosts, psvirsky puts point guard prospect, Patty Mills up consideration.]

We've had a few people mention Patty Mills in the comments so it seems like a good time to talk about him.  First of all, he is currently projected at the beginning of the second round.  That means we would have to trade either up or down and our current picks aren't likely to net him.  Nonetheless, he is an intriguing prospect at PG.  He is 6'0, 175 lb - just a bit small but not bad at all.  

The interesting thing about him is that people got pretty excited about him before the season based on how he played with the Australian national team, but he was injured for a majority of this past season so his stock didn't really move much.  His biggest attribute is definitely his speed.  The guy is just really quick and can turn the corner on anyone.  His quickness is also helpful on defense in that he gets a ton of steals.  He's a great free throw shooter and a decent 3-point shooter ("textbook jump shot").  As far as PG skills go, he's got a decent handle although he's not the most amazing passer.

It seems that his biggest weakness is sort of an overall inefficency thing.  He can get to the hole well but is only an okay finisher.  While he's a decent shooter, he takes way more than 3's than he should.  In a way, he still plays more like a combo guard and because of his size he needs to be able play the 1.  He's not a floor general yet although there's potential there.  He also couldn't play defense at the 2 so it's important that he really become a solid 1.  

Ultimately, the impression I get is that the guy definiitely has the potential to become the next Tony Parker.  The quickness and shooting are very similar.  His weaknesses are more about growing up and becoming a true point guard.  He has to make better decisions overall and especially near the basket.  It does seem like all his flaws are fixable though and aren't major.  My guess is that people are more worried about him because he just didn't improve as much as expected this year.  Maybe he's maxed out his potential (in which case he wouldn't be worth drafting) but maybe he's on his way to becoming the next Parker.

Plus, I assume he has a cool accent, so we have to take that into account as well.

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