It's crazy to me that we put someone on one of the best teams in Europe and it's Foote and not Wittman. Witt was hands down the best player on our team. But I realize you can't teach size.
Foote, Witt, & Dale were all equal and different and POY-worthy, in my eyes. They played different positions and were stellar in their respectful ones; best in the league. Foote deserves to be where he is.
I think they're all going to be moving up after one or two seasons. Foote might make an NBA rotation one day. Dale is going to land in a better league (25 points in 2 games so far). I think Witt waited around too long. Looked real promising when he was getting NBA summer league offers, but he got screwed on playing time and when that was over Europe was mostly done signing. If I had any, I'd bet money that Foote's NBA career will be longer than JLin's, who I think is mostly meant to sell merch to Asian American fans and Bay Area locals.
Actually, I think Lin's career is going to be LONG because of those reasons. He picked the perfect team to play for -- would you want to be the one that cut the hometown feelgood story? He made the right choice. It's of course so hard to think about our guys. You know all three of them are capable of the highest level but that this stuff is unpredictable and super hard. Dale is already looking like a star on that new team; it's ridic.
There are many examples of guys like Foote surviving in the NBA - it really will be all about strength and the ability to rebound against the other big boys. He has some post skills but no one will be looking for him to score - just to defend and rebound and help move the ball on offense. If he continues to get stronger physically, he will get his shot at the big stage one day and if he lands somewhere, could be around for a period of time. Witt's chances in the NBA are much more difficult to handicap. He will find a place to play professionally in the years to come and I wouldn't fault his choosing to play in the NBA summer league. We all want him to succeed at the highest level, but let's not kid ourselves, there are all sorts of guys who shoot the lights out in college (even at major D-1 levels) that don't make it. Very few of the NBA summer guys that he was playing with end up sticking in the NBA. Further, there is little in the way of designed plays or organized offense in the NBA summer league of the type fitting Witt's skill set - if you watch the games, you see that it is more about creating your own shot and demonstrating individual athleticism up and down the court. Hopefully, he will continue to develop his athleticism and find a situation in the future where his spot up shooting skills are a match for a team's needs.
If Adonal Foyle can have 13 seasons in the NBA, then why not Jeff Foote?
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