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I'll always believe that 1 more year w/ Tony > a year in G-league or bench

in terms of development and long-range career success. (Please note that qualifier - not talking about personal or financial decisions, and I support our guys no matter what - only talking about what will be best for the player's long-term development.)

Dre is a different category because he was playing right away, and everyone knew he would when he declared. But even for him, staying for the extra year when some were saying he could be a 1st round pick in '18 has been a huge benefit in his current development.

I feel the same about Malcolm and Joe, their current success is greater because they stayed with Tony and Mike Curtis, and got meaningful on court experience.

It would not surprise me a bit to see Mamadi make the jump to the league, and have all kinds of "experts" on TV being surprised, as if he came out of nowhere. They'll probably even frame it as if "leaving UVA has freed him to expand his game" or nonsense like that, as if his success is in spite of having gone to Virginia, instead of directly because he did.

But that's par for the course, so no surprise and we'll just carry on winning games and developing the next "surprise" NBA star.

(In response to this post by gna2r)

Posted: 02/22/2021 at 09:26AM


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