You watch Marvin Bagley jet up and down a basketball court and his athleticism reminds you of a young Blake Griffin. Shades of prime Amare Stoudamire also come to mind.
Bagley's athletic gifts and scoring ability tell you he'll be a perennial all star but other than potential what else supports this conclusion.
We will take a closer look at a statistical comparison of Marvin Bagley, Amare Stoudamire and Blake Griffin in an effort to more clearly define what Bagley's future may look like.
Bagley did not play as heavy of minutes so game stats will be displayed per 36 min intervals.
Bagley's rookie season saw him post 21 points, 11 rebounds 1 ast, 1 steal, 1 block
For proper context Stoudamire's per 36 was 16 points 10 REBS 1 AST, 1 steal, 1 block
and Blake Griffin's rookie per 36 was 21 points 11 rebs, 4 asts, 1 stl, 1 blk
Advanced stats tell a more clear picture
Bagley had a positive Vorp of 0.1 compared to a 0.6 for Stoudamire and a 4.0 for Griffin.
Bagley tied Griffin with a 111 offensive rating or above average offensive efficiency but his defensive rating was a relatively average 110.
Even more promising is the age context Bagley posted a comparable stat line at only 19. Stoudamire was 20 and Blake Griffin 21 in their rookie seasons.
These are among the reasons why it's easy to see Marvin Bagley as the next superstar big in the NBA.