Earlier this year
Is Bryce Cotton all he's cracked up to be?
I've had my doubts as to Bryce's ability from early in the season. To me he's always seemed quite the specialised player, rather than the out-and-out superstar, MVP-without-question type that people may have thought. I feel like he's a confidence guy. Different to 'streaky'. He ain't exactly a streaky shooter because he'll knock it down any time.
His skill set imo consists of jumpshooting, drawing fouls on jumpshots, handles, making the odd decent pass and finishing a bit above average at the rim. He is by far the best iso perimeter player in the league, it's not even funny, but that's seemingly all he does. When that J isn't falling, what is he really doing for you apart from drawing attention?
I probably rate him as a top five player in the league, but he isn't exactly a steady commodity game-to-game. When hot, by far the best in the NBL, but Prather and Tokoto are probably better if you average out their performances over a decent period of time.
Apart from crowding him every time he gets to the paint, how do you actually stop this guy from getting off his shot? I don't think you really can. You can put length on him but whether he makes the shots or not seems to be contingent on himself, not the D. Aka, he can get his jumper off anywhere at any time. Great skill, but seemingly the only real string to his bow.
What are our thoughts?