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Labels and Narratives

Every year, the upcoming draft class is labeled. By the media, by scouts, by fans, these guys are given labels. A lot of these labels stick with a player, for better or worse, throughout their career. Sometimes these labels hurt a players draft stock, sometimes it helps.

It's easy to write narratives about why a certain draft pick underperformed or overperformed. He's a gym rat. He's smart. He just started playing basketball yesterday. He's lazy. He's a head case. He's too skinny to play Center. He has diabetes. The NSA.

What's hard to decide, is if any of these labels were attached after the fact, to explain the under or over performance, or if these were things people were saying from the start.

What I would like is for us to put together a list of the labels the upcoming draftees are given. Then we can take a look and see if any of those things ended up making a difference. If me or someone else remembers, we can do it again next year. In a few years, we might be able to identify which labels are worth worrying/getting exited about, and which ones are just the talking heads talking.

Not sure the best way to go about this, so feel free to comment on what labels you believe go with which players, and what a good way to come to a consensus and organize the data would be. We should try to avoid ones that show up in the stats ("selfish" should show up in assists, "Chucker" in usage, etc.)

Some to start: CJ McCollum - Smart/Good Interviewer

Oladipo - Gym rat/Hard Worker

McLemore - Soft

Ledo - Headcase

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