Willie Cauley-Stein:

Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by bajaden, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. 206Fan

    206Fan Well-Known Member

    I have no clue what type of player Willie is. He needs to find a niche in the NBA and stick with it. I think some blame goes on coaching staff. He was a high PnR threat under Karl. But at the end of last season, the coaches made him become a high post passer instead. So what is it? Is Willie someone you run the offense through from the high post? OR is he someone you limit to lobs and dump-offs?

    On defense, things are even stranger. He was advertised as a rim protector in his 3 years of college, but that skillset hasn't translated over. He's someone who can switch onto guards out in the perimeter, but he struggles guarding perimeter 4s.

    Effort and motor have been completely inconsistent this year. I just have no clue what to expect from Willie.
  2. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    I think you're entirely right. Hopefully without the drama that has been part and parcel of his career so far, we'll all know once and for all just who WCS really is. And personally? I think we'll be very happy.
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  3. Kingsfan23

    Kingsfan23 Well-Known Member

    I don't think motor is something that changes, but the hope is he is so skilled that he overcomes that aspect to still being a positive consistent contributor as he matures. And he is skilled, offensively and defensively innately
  4. bajaden

    bajaden Well-Known Member

    In Willie's first year at Kentucky, Calapari had him playing solely under the basket, and as a result, he blocked a lot of shots. Contrast that with when he played with Towns. Calapari had Towns playing under the basket, and had Willie playing more in the high post as the primary P&R defender because of his lateral quickness. As a result, Towns was the guy that blocked a lot of shots, and Willie's numbers went down. I think Willie will try to do what's asked of him, but since being on the Kings, what's being asked of him seems to change on a regular basis.

    I think Willie is capable of playing in the high post. He seldom turns the ball over and in the last 20 games, he showed himself to be a capable to good passer. I suspect that when he's on the floor with Randolph, he'll be in the high post to stay out of Randolph's way down low. However, if he's on the floor with Skal, then I suspect he'll spend some time in the low post. Hopefully Joerger will figure out the best way to use Willie. Willie is a hard worker and I'm curious to see what he's worked on over the summer.
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  5. upinsmoke

    upinsmoke Well-Known Member

    He's still my favorite prospect out of the bunch.
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