Rob Oller commentary: Diebler, Lighty could find niches | BuckeyeXtra

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David Lighty, who has attended two free-agent workouts - with Atlanta and Phoenix - was a great defender in college, and at times a decent three-point shooter In a satisfying scenario, three-point specialist Jon Diebler launches a potential winning shot just as defensive stopper David Lighty sticks a hand in his former teammate's face - five years ...

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Buckeye Dave in NC

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Jun 30, 2011
 
Diebler reminds me more of J.J Redick with more height. Redick has the perfect situation as described above where he has Dwight Howard getting double and triple teamed. Diebler is going to need that center that is really good at kicking it back out like Sullinger did this year. Either that or being with someone who is really good at taking it to the rim, draws attention, and is good at sending it outside.

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Jun 30, 2011
 
Buckeye Dave in NC wrote:
Diebler reminds me more of J.J Redick with more height. Redick has the perfect situation as described above where he has Dwight Howard getting double and triple teamed. Diebler is going to need that center that is really good at kicking it back out like Sullinger did this year. Either that or being with someone who is really good at taking it to the rim, draws attention, and is good at sending it outside.
I was thinking the same thing. JJ hangs out waiting for the ball to find him outside and has done pretty well in the pros. I don't think Diebler will get as much playing time early in his career, but he could be a great situation player for a team with a good post presence. Lighty has the skills to be more of a full time player. He just needs to work on hitting the outside shot more consistently and be less streaky. He is strong and can take the ball to the rim already.
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Jun 30, 2011
 
Diebler's a college 3-point shooter, but it's unlikely he can make the transistion to the NBA where that 3 point line is a little further away and he'll have to learn how to get that shot off faster because he won't shoot over too many people inthe NBA. It doesn't help that he lacks the ability to create his own shot, his passing is suspect and he will be an absolute liability on defense.

Lighty is tough to read. He's a workhorse who settles into playing the role he needs to play. Being a great defender in college doesn't mean he'll be able to cover a water cooler int he NBA, but he's got more tools than Diebler.

I think Diebler will play in Eurpoe for a couple of years. Lighty might spend a few seasons kicking around as one of those guys who gets signed when a team loses a player to injury. He could develop into an a utility player like Eric Snow or Flip Murray.

The Bruce Bowen comparison is a little strong. Bowen was a world class defender at the NBA level for a long time. I don't know if Lighty has the versatility to do what Bowen did. Bowen was sent in to frustrate an opponent's best scorer. He could cover anything from a point guard to a stretch 4 and sometimes got the call to take on a center. I don'tm see Lighty doing that, but I see him being a nice utility guard coming in off the bench.
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Jun 30, 2011
 
I liked this article because I've heard all of the analysis before but here it was backed up with relevent history.

Personally, I'm rooting for both Lighty and Diebler because they were a joy to follow at OSU.
The Mayans were wizards

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Jun 30, 2011
 
I heard Lighty measured out at 6'3 at the NBA's version of the combine. That is as tall as me and he is supposed to play down low in the paint????? He will never play in the NBA if he is truly 6'3.
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Jun 30, 2011
 
The Mayans were wizards wrote:
I heard Lighty measured out at 6'3 at the NBA's version of the combine. That is as tall as me and he is supposed to play down low in the paint????? He will never play in the NBA if he is truly 6'3.
Yeah he is much shorter than the Buckeye program listed. So is Diebler. That's why I compared Lighty to small guards and not small forwards. I don't know what purpose fudging the program serves. For that matter, Jared Sullinger is going to face a lot of scrutiny because he is nowhere near 6'9" as listed. He might only be 6'5"...in his shoes.

Charles Barkley was a shade under 6'5" but he was explosive and had a tremendous physical presence in the post. He was also in his prime 15 years ago and was a rare talent. Lighty was a good college basketball player in an era where the best college players leave after 1 year, so his performance in college is suspect. He never faced the best of the best because the best of the best was already in the NBA.

Diebler was one-dimensional in college. Look at the spot shooters in the NBA and you'll see that they were much more dynamic in college. There's no way he'll catch on in the NBA. He has a jump shot, but the rest of his skills are too far below the standard.

Lighty has a chance to hang around, but Diebler will be lucky to get a D-League invite.
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Jun 30, 2011
 
Lighty measured 6'4 3/4 without shoes and 6'6 1/2 with shoes at the NBA combine. Diebler measured 6'5 1/4 without shoes and 6'6 1/2 with shoes.

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Jun 30, 2011
 
I think they'll both be headed to Europe.

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