The Electric Commentary

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Will Alando Tucker Be A Good Pro?

I love Alando and believe that he is the nation's finest college basketball player, but I don't believe that he will be an effective NBA player. I hope that he proves me wrong because I love watching the guy play, but I just don't see it.

People have a hard time characterizing Tucker because he is a weird player. He is essentially a power forward, but at a generous 6-6 he is ill-suited for the position. He has used his time in college wisely, developing a reliable jumper and converting his low-post moves into and impressive array of driving moves. This has lead some to believe that he may make a decent pro after all as he occasionally shows flashes of being able to man the 2 spot or the 3, but his lack of lateral quickness will always make him a defensive liability, and while his jumper has vastly improved it is not nearly good enough to free him up for the slashing drives that make him an effective scorer.

Alando actually reminds me of Glenn Robinson, another player who defied easy characterization. Robinson was not unathletic as he could jump through the roof, nor was he uncoordinated as he possessed a particularly sweet jumper from inside 3-point land, but for some reason Robinson could not handle the ball in the NBA and was consequently very turnover-prone.

Alando has similar athletic ability to Robinson in that he can jump out of the gym, but his lack of quickness is almost stunning given that fact. (My own pet theory is that both Robinson and Tucker appear to have oversized feet for their builds. It looks like they're playing in snow shoes.) But where Robinson could rely on his jumper, Tucker will have to continue to get to the basket. His rather terrible free-throw shooting further complicates matters.

Tucker may still improve on his jumper. Dwyane Wade basically couldn't shoot in college, but has worked hard to make himself a real threat from outside. If Tucker can do the same he could become an explosive offensive force. In the lane few players present such a defensive conundrum, and his ability to post up taller players (and to dominate smaller players) would allow him to be a fine small forward, but his free-throw shooting indicates that there may be a cap on his ability to further develop as a shooter.

Tucker is one of those guys that just doesn't fit in that well. I think that there is a role for him in the NBA, but I'm not sure that anyone will be creative enough to find it.

That said, he is a phenomenal college player and pleasure to watch. I'm certainly putting the Badgers in the final four of every bracket that I have, and I think that they have a legitimate shot to win it all.


  • Well, when I was at OSU, there was a guy who seemed a bit more like a 6'6" power forward than a true SG or SF, and he fell to the 2nd round...

    By Blogger Scott H, at 6:16 PM  

  • But Mikey can knock down a 3. Alando, not so much.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 10:43 PM  

  • Mikey shot about the same from 3pt range in college as Alando. He developed his 3 while riding the bench his first year in Milwaukee - working with Stotts. He did have a quicker release though. I[m sure you see Alando more than I do.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 9:11 PM  

  • I just went and looked it up and the percentages are about the same but Redd took a lot more attempts in college.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 9:12 PM  

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