Georgios Papagiannis

Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by VF21, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. The Hammer

    The Hammer Well-Known Member

    I'm as high on Skal as I am on Papa. I just tend to talk about Papa more around here because he appears to be just a tad under appreciated as an absolute future force.

    But Skal does have it all. And I love his attitude and work ethic. I really do feel we have the start of something special here.

    Right now, just looking at Skal, don't you just easily see, minimum, a 20 pt scorer? I do. I mean, that's just obviously what I'm looking at. It's just that the team is figuring things out and finding it's flow, and also he's only really played about 30 NBA games. 2 years from now he's easily an 18-20 point guy, that's already obvious. What's amazing about him is that that now appears to be his floor. What I think is more likely is that he is a 24-27 pt, 10-12 reb guy. For years.
  2. Merdiesel

    Merdiesel Well-Known Member

    Spot on. Also see a couple assists a game as well as becoming an above average rim protector. So excited for next season!
  3. OptimusRhyme

    OptimusRhyme Jive Turkey Contributor

    Nice post. Honestly, I feel like Skal has KG type potential... Same body type, same athleticism, same fluidity, same drive/hustle.. He may never be a 5-APG player like Garnett but I think Skals potential is similar to KG in all other aspects. And he seems to compliment Papa very well.
  4. ESP47

    ESP47 Well-Known Member

    I don't think Skal will ever come close to being the defender that KG was. But at his age, he's a lot better offensively than KG was though so he has that going for him. Hopefully he has the same upward trends that KG had. Even if he turns out to be KG Lite, we found ourselves a gem at the end of the first round.

    I think Papa is going to wind up being Kofous with an offensive game. It's all up to him to see if he can absorb the fundamentals of the game because the physical skills are there already. He just needs to tighten up a few things and figure out where he needs to be on the court without having to process a ton of thought into it.
  5. Tetsujin

    Tetsujin The Game Thread Dude

    I don't think he'll ever be the athlete or defender that Kosta is. KK is actually pretty nimble for his size and a really good team defender at the five.
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  6. kingdivac

    kingdivac Well-Known Member

    Yes, both Skal and Papa look promising especially offense, but both need to work on their defenses - most especially their foot speeds and rebounding. They routinely get blown by and sometimes outboarded. They both sometimes ball watch too. The good news is, defense is easier to get better in than offense - conditioning plays a big part in it.
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  7. Nightfall

    Nightfall Active Member

    On second thought, I will quickly translate you the parts concerning the Kings. Usually international players reveal more when they talk to home media.

    Then he says the stuff about DMC I mentioned and that Koufos and Peja (Stojakovic) really help him adapt to the new reality.

    Then he says about the weird feeling to play against Giannis on his first game and that they spoke. He hopes to make a good career like Giannis and that he wishes him to be healthy and to rise.

    About not playing in the beginning:
    Then he says that it was difficult to adapt to a small city like Sacramento were everything closes at 10 pm (my note: Athens has 5M population and it is basically a city that never sleeps), he had to completely change his lifestyle.
    About the Greek NT he wants to attent but everything will be done after speaking with the Kings. He prefers fame and good basket, winning awards than making a lot of money

    And he said that ,coincidentally, he supported Kings as a little kid, when he was practicing with his hometown team (Megara) his coach and father of a teammate/friend came for a US trip from Sacramento and gave him a Kings jersey.

    That's pretty much it. I left out the parts about his youth in the greek teams etc...
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
  8. Čarolija

    Čarolija Well-Known Member

    Get rid off him!

  9. Čarolija

    Čarolija Well-Known Member

    I also like Skal. I think he is the best prospect on the roster at the moment. What will be interesting to see if how is he going to handle all of the attention that he will start receiving. When team start scouting him, giving him more attention defensively, when teams start keeping him off the boards.

    It generally takes some time for players to adjust when they start seeing double teams. Cousins was a turnover machine for a couple of seasons once he started seeing double teams and this is the guy that could power through them. Skal is not going to have that luxury so he will need to rely on finesse. He also needs to improve his rebounding technique a bit. He grabs a lot of rebounds out of his area and is pretty average at boxing out. Hopefully with more strength, this aspect of his game improves.

    But you are right, he does look to be a 20/10 type of player in the NBA.
  10. Telemachus

    Telemachus Well-Known Member

    I think Skal's biggest problem rebounding is strength, especially lower body strength. He is good at always going to the ball and putting a body on someone. He just gets pushed forward too much cause he can't hold position.

    Oddly enough, Papagiannis is also good at getting position and boxing out, but doesn't use his strength to push back. He tends to stand tall (or straight up) which makes it easier to give him a small push off the ball or to go over his back. Should be easy to correct though.
  11. Čarolija

    Čarolija Well-Known Member

    WOW!!! Settle down chief!

    KG is one of the all-star great, arguably the best PF of all time. Outstanding 2 way player who could do EVERYTHING on the court. Not sure Skal can sniff that and I like Skal a lot.

    I see Skal more like a LaMarcus Aldridge type player which is nothing to sneeze at.
  12. OptimusRhyme

    OptimusRhyme Jive Turkey Contributor

    I find your lack of faith disturbing! jk.. haha. Not saying he'll be GOAT.. just that his game reminds me more of a KG type then LMA. I feel like he'll be a better rebounder and defender then Aldrige. "KG lite" like someone else above said.
  13. KestrelKing

    KestrelKing Active Member

    My son and I were marveling at the improvement of Big Papa. Suddenly my son said in his best commercial voice "Better jumpers, better rebounds, Papa G". Lol.
  14. Merdiesel

    Merdiesel Well-Known Member

    I'd go as far to say that miscommunication on the floor played an even bigger part.
    Not just between Skal and Papa but with all 5 guys. We are still giving up wide open 3's throughout the game. We still allow way to many layups. But I will say, It's a work in progress and I've got more hope in the Sacramento Kings than I have had in a long long time. Guys aren't screaming at each other on blown assignments but rather talking it over and pointing out mistakes. Especially Temple and Tolliver. I believe both guys will be absolutely critical in the development in our young guys. I'd like to see these two stick around as long as possible. As far as I'm concerned, Coach Joerger needs to have a seat next to him reserved for Garrett when he retires. Next great coach IMO.
  15. John Galt

    John Galt Well-Known Member

    They're perceived as winners because they are winners because they won games. DMC can't hold Westbrook's jock. If he could, Kings would have won 41 games at SOME point along the way - maybe 50. DMC is not in the same class as Lebron or Russell. If he was, we'd have happily given him the $200M no question about it.
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  16. ockingsfan

    ockingsfan Well-Known Member

    The thing is, is that the NBA has changed. It is no longer a big mans league. The league is dominated by wing players now, and that is due to the new rules about contact and the 3 point shot.

    I don't think it is so much about DMC wasn't able to carry the Kings to 50 wins as it is that the league is not made for dominant big men anymore. When you see the two best big men in the league (DMC and AD) struggle to win 33 games in a season for their respective teams, that should tell everyone something.

    If DMC played 15 years ago, I have no doubt that DMC would had carried us to heights similar to Webber and Divac did.

    But, it is 2017 and the league has changed. The NBA is geared towards the perimeter game now, and I think Vlade saw that fundamental change and that is why he made the move to trade DMC.
  17. KingsFanGER

    KingsFanGER Well-Known Member

    I agree with everything but your take on Vlade. If Vlade saw that fundamental change, why did he draft 3 bigs in 2 years and passed on quite a few decent guard or wing prospects to draft those bigs?

    A team with decent wings and guards around a lone big named DMC could work. Instead Vlade gave us a team with weak guards and wings with most of the young talent locked in the big man spots and therefore benched behind DMC and KK, when we were still trying to win games.
  18. bajaden

    bajaden Well-Known Member

    I always find these types of comments interesting. My first thought is, based on what? Not saying you don't have a right to your opinion, but if someone asked me how good I thought Papagiannis will be, my answer would be, I have no idea. He's 19 yr's old in his first year in the NBA. He appears to have a decent skill set to start with, and he seems to be building his body into something resembling an NBA player. Athletically, he runs the floor fairly well, but laterally, he struggles. So I don't see him as a good pick and roll defender, or a player you want isolated on the perimeter against a guard.

    Based on what I've seen so far, do I think he can be as good a player as Koufos? Yeah, maybe. Do I think he can be better than Koufos? Ask me that at the end of next season. It's rumored that he's a hard worker, and if so, I can guarantee that he'll get better. What his ceiling is, I have no idea. I hate to keep bringing this up, but anyone that saw Marc Gasol early in his career, would never have predicted he would turn out to be as good as he has. But you know what, someone in Memphis did, or they wouldn't have made that trade.

    So no predictions on my part as to how good big Papa will be. I hope he's the second coming of Gasol, but even if he ends up being the next Koufos, that's not that bad considering how I felt about him after watching him in summer league. My point is, it's usually a mistake to base a players ceiling on what you see right now. I've been surprised to many times. Plus, I hate eating my own words. So I prefer to take a wait and see attitude. But hey, if everyone took that attitude, there wouldn't be much discussion here would there?:rolleyes:
  19. ockingsfan

    ockingsfan Well-Known Member

    You still need bigs, but they will play a supporting role, instead of being the dominant player on the team.

    You still need rebounds and defense and to protect the paint, it just doesn't work when they are the player you build your whole team around anymore.

    Also, 2 of the 3 bigs (Skal and WCS) he drafted is the new breed of big men. Mobile and can play the perimeter.
  20. KingsFanGER

    KingsFanGER Well-Known Member

    So you need 4 redundant bigs just for defense and rebounds? You need them more than actual wing prospects like Johnson or Winslow or guards like Baldwin?
    If Vlade truly wanted to built a team around wings and guards one defensive big man prospect on top of KK would have made sense. Everything else should have gone into athletic wings and guards or in big wings/athletic stretch 4's with the ability to guard 1-5 like Jamychal Green or Draymond.
    But here we are, with 4 bigs of which none can guard SF's, but you somehow are convinced that Vlade realized that the league is a guard/wing league now.

    You know what? I'm no cap expert, but in the 2016 offseason, we didn't go after Lin, Harkless, Solomon Hill, L. Thomas or other capable guards or wings. We didn't trade Gay, who doesn't fit your assumed playstyle at all. We kept KK, although we spent most of our picks on bigs. Our FA signings for the wings were horrible, when you leave Temple out of the picture.

    We were left with DC/Afflalo/Gay/DMC/KK, which is a disgrace of a starting 5 in todays league. If Vlade really realized this league is a guard/wing league now, he pretty much set us up for failure on purpose in 2016/17.
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  21. NowImLost

    NowImLost Active Member

    I swear that you forgot that you're talking about the Sacramento Kings and free agents.
  22. ockingsfan

    ockingsfan Well-Known Member

    Vlade was still trying to make it work with DMC at this point last year. Since he had no idea if Vivek would sign off on a DMC trade, he had to build accordingly.

    As far as redundant big men, there are only 2 big men with a similar game, Papa and KK, and KK is in the last year of his contract.

    When it comes to the draft, you pick the player you like best, BPA, not just a player to fill a spot on our depth chart.

    If Vlade likes papa, Richardson and Skal the best at those draft positions, then he drafted them.

    I tell you, I would much rather have papa and Skal now than any of the wing players drafted after them in last year's draft.
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  23. Sac.1989

    Sac.1989 Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the teams assembled around DMC ? Westbrook wouldnt have made any more of a difference in the win loss column playing for us and you would be kidding yourself if you think he would
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  24. upinsmoke

    upinsmoke Well-Known Member

    It's not overly complicated, providing that we indeed have 2 picks we should leave the draft with a wing and a point guard.
  25. KingsFanGER

    KingsFanGER Well-Known Member

    Vlade didn't built accordingly.
    KK, Papa and WCS (that's pretty much why Willie got no minutes at all in the beginning of the season and was mainly backing up KK after Joerger put more trust in him) are almost entirely redundant. Skal too can't guard SF's.
    You pick BPA when you don't have enough talent and are pretty much looking for an overall upgrade regardless of position. You don't pick BPA, when one position is locked, because you have one of the best players of the league already on your roster.
    I don't care if Johnson or Winslow or a wing prospect from the last draft look worse than WCS, Skal or Papa right now. My point was, that if Vlade understands that this is a wing/guard league, he wouldn't have drafted mostly bigs based on the information he had on the past draft days.
  26. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    MOD NOTE: I moved the tangential discussion of DeMarcus Cousins to its own thread in the NBA forum.
  27. ppine

    ppine Well-Known Member

    Get in shape, learn defense, improve footwork, get mean when reboiling and defending inside.
    The formula is simple. He is young and raw with a great chance to be really good. Bigs take longer. Remember Whiteside.
  28. LPKingsFan

    LPKingsFan Well-Known Member

    Papa averaged nearly 19 minutes per game after the all star break. Sure, the team wasn't exactly trying to put the best team possible on the court for all 48 minutes during that stretch, but do you see him averaging less during the 17-18 season?
  29. The biggest surprise to me about PapaG? His ability to set some really good screens, I love it. Exciting prospect to watch grow, maybe he could be our Enes Kanter in the future, who can be our 6th man and play at least some defense, unlike Kanter.
  30. ESP47

    ESP47 Well-Known Member

    Too many variables to guess at this point. Joerger isn't going to start the season in the tank so if we keep KK it's pretty safe to assume that he will be the starter. At that point it depends on the draft and if we wind up with someone like Zach Collins. Then it will depend on Papa's development over the summer. After that it will depend on how well or poorly the team plays. If they have a Brooklyn Nets type start to the season, he will probably end up playing more. If we are somewhere within the vicinity of 8th, he will probably play less with WCS taking up a lot of the minutes at C along with KK.

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