Marvin Bagley III has unlimited potential; Zion Williamson is an athletic freak and Cassisus Stanley might have been made by a mad scientist in a laboratory.
All of these elite prospects have one thing in common they have been commits to Duke University.
Stanley has yet to make his collegiate debut however his potential is clear at 6’6” with a rangy wingspan and elite athleticism he has all the tools you want in a superstar NBA player. His high school stats at Sierra Canyon follow.
Most impressively were the 4 assists and 7 rebounds Stanley averaged in high school showing he could impact the game in multiple ways. His 18 points per game are more impressive when you appreciate his versatility.
Zion Williamson was just as impressive at Spartanburg Day High School his stats were 32 points 11 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Zion has always been a beast on defense in both high school and college and that’s never been the concerning side with how he’ll translate in the NBA.
Marvin Bagley III has everything you want in a modern NBA big man. Elite athleticism, good wingspan, great motor and the potential to be a knock down jump shooter.
Bagley also dominated in high school and college.
At Sierra Canyon High School Bagley’s stats were 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists per game.
In college Bagley and Zion continued to perform.
Bagley Posted 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists at Duke. Zion’s freshmen stats were 23 points, 9
rebounds and 2 assists per game.
My biggest concerns with Zion are lack of advanced handle, literally no jump shot and lack of length and height.
I do not have these concerns about Bagley.
We have yet to see what Cassius Stanley can do in college but I expect big things from him.
We here at Basketball Rehab see Bagley as a future superstar. You can read more about that here .
We are not as high on Zion .
Cassius Stanley is a wait and see as we don’t have his college performance to measure yet but for now our money is on Marvin Bagley III out of the three.
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.