Although Byron Scott hasnâ€™t been the best NBA head coach of all time, his opinion is the only one that matters in L.A. at the moment, and at the moment Byron Scott says Larry Nance Jr. would be a lottery pick if they redrafted the 2015 draft (he went 27th for reals) and Julius Randle stinks and needs to grow up.
Indeed, Nance has improved gradually since being inserted in the starting lineup last month. And over the past week, heâ€™s averaging 10 and 10, including a 15-point, 14-rebound outburst against the Suns on January 3.
I watched him during his 14-board performance on New Yearâ€™s Day against the Sixers and I did get visions of his dandy dunker daddy. Larry Jr. is about the same size and flies around in much the same way as once did Larry Sr., who has a special place in my heart. He always wowed but lost to Dominique Wilkins or Michael Jordan in the classic Slam Dunk Contests of the mid-1980s, and heâ€™s one of the dudes featured on that rad Sultans of Slam poster from that era. Hard to believe pappyâ€™s not in the Hall with these nice career numbers: 17.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, and 2.2 bpg.
As good as Larry Sr. was, I think those numbers arenâ€™t out of the question for Larry Jr. if everything falls right. Buy in now!
Hereâ€™s some other goings-ons in Boards-N-Blocks land:Please, blog, may I have some more?