Start dreaming up nicknames now because this guy is going to become an instant fan favorite.
For those who don't know, it's pronounced Mon-trez (with a soft "e"). However, due to mispronunciation and that ridiculous 7'4" wingspan Montrezl "The Pretzel" seems inevitable. His game seems more prone to the moniker "Mon-Star". His rim defense may even earn him the nickname, "The Hall Mon-itor". Hopefully, someone more clever than myself steps in and gives him a real nickname.
None of that matters. What does matter is how convinced I have become that Morey is carrying a horseshoe, 4-leaf clover, rabbit's foot, and no less than 9 other lucky charms on his person at all times. Getting this guy in the 2nd round should not have happened. Lucky for us, there are no take-backs or do-overs.
I can't give any reason other than the eye test and listening to his interviews for being so sure of his future awesomeness. Maybe I'm delusional. I don't think I'm overly biased nor do I think I am drinking too much Morey kool-aid. Check out these videos. Listen to his interviews.
He grew up in the shadows of basketball royalty (Tarboro, NC). He went to a military academy in high school. He displays the traits of discipline, determination, and humility that come with that. He stayed 3 years at Louisville and got his diploma during that span despite being considered a first-rounder since he arrived on campus. Very few players pass up NBA money to stay and complete their diploma ahead of schedule while being a top level player in the premier conference for collegiate basketball. For those who think character matters this guy is for you.
Forget all that, let's watch him fly around the court! (If I've posted any of these before I apologize.)
First, his draftexpress profile
Perhaps you would prefer to see him dominate a single game?
Ever wonder what sort of exercises a man has to do to make arms that long look like they belong on an action hero? Here's your answer!
Here he is talking to the Boston media pre-draft. Just more of that humble, disciplined character stuff.
Here he is doing a pre-draft interview for NBA.com. He is HUGE...those guys next to him look child-sized I love the part where they are talking about Coach Pitino making him take it easy on the other front court players in practice so he wouldn't destroy their confidence.
Take a look at his game logs from last season. Look at the quality of competition he faced and the solid stat lines he put up against them.
Pundits all want to talk about him as a traditional PF and focus on his energy, motor, tenacity, etc. I see more. I think the guy can develop a decent shot and at least NBA 3 pt. range from the corners. I think he has the ability and the mentality to do the necessary work to get there. I think he can defend all 5 positions. I think he will be able to beat guys off the dribble on close-outs.
I hate to be trite and compare him to the NBA's flavor of the month, but I think he is our Draymond Green. I think we can call him Cookie Monster cuz he's gonna be doing a lot of dunking.