sssss ss MPG / FG% / 3pt% / FT% / Orb / Drb / RPG / AST / Blk / Stl / TO / PPG
Batum: 30.4 / 45.1% / 39.1% / 83.6% / 1.4 / 3.2 / 4.6 / 1.4 / 1.0 / 1.0 / 1.53 / 13.9 6'8'' 23 y/o 7'1'' (or 7'4''?)
JJ: 25.2 / 45.0% / 31.7% / 70.4% / 1.2 / 3.5 / 4.7 / 2.0 / 1.4 / 1.2 / 1.63 / 9.1 6'9'' 25 y/o 7'1''
Seeing as how most people on these threads seem real high on Batum, and seemingly little credit to JJ, I thought it would be cool to see them being compared, AKA can JJ really be the starting SF we are looking for.
Lets start off with: PER 36 Mins, JJ averages more Rebounds(+19%), Assists(+39%, last years asts = +54%), Blocks(+37%), Steals (+31%)
we can see that JJ is more than a third better at Asts, Blocks, and steals, while being marginally better at rebounds!
What does Batum have over JJ?
quick answer: offensive efficiency.
Ts%: Batum - 57.5% eFG%: 53.4% PP36: 16.4
JJ - 49.8% 46.8% 13.1
Clearly JJ is not a strong offensive player, averaging much worse in terms of 3pt%, FT%, but equal FG%.
Batum has the potential to be a star player, whereas JJ has the potential of a defensive spark plug.
Defensively both are more than competent with room for growth for both players. JJ's height advantage and overall bulk gives him the upper hand against the SF's in this league.
Batum is a great player, but perhaps we already have a watered down version of him right under our nose for cheap. JJ shows he can keep up on defense (probably being the best defensive player on the Raps) while having the instincts and intangibles that keep him at the top of the league in blocks and steals. Batum without a jumpshot, but compensated with everything else = JJ. Those assists JJ provide could also prove to be very valuable, showing ability to get teammates involved!
Personally my favourite scenario that will lock up the SF position for years to come is to have JJ backing up Batum. All of a sudden our SF position has in it a polished offensive game including 3pt shooting, toughness, defense, intangibles, team work, low TOs, and height.
All in all if Batum does not sign with us, JJ could still be a serviceable starter bringing to the table similar skills to Batum and some superior skills, and he should be considered with a higher perspective.