Yesterday, VeniceBruin pointed out a rather amusing take from Tyler Honeycutt not only comparing himself to, but asserting things he does better than NBA veteran Tayshaun Prince. Honeycutt may one day stack up to Prince, but for a guy that lollygags defensively more often than not and distributes the ball to the other team like it was Halloween candy, this seems like a rather poorly timed boast.
Sadly, it appears that Honeycutt is not alone in the parade of delusion. UCLA's other draft candidate, Malcolm Lee, was quoted in a Hoopsworld article stating the following:
First of all, I'm not sure Holiday is the guy I'd want to be comparing myself to defensively. In this way, I think Lee is selling himself short. He ought to be trying to pattern his D after Arron Afflalo, who has never taken a defensive possession off in the entire time I've watched him, both in college and in the NBA. But as for being as explosive as NBA All Star Russell Westbrook, a player whose defining characteristic is his explosive quickness, well, I'm just not seeing it.
Recent UCLA standouts excelling in the NBA at guard include All-Star Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison, Arron Afflalo and Jrue Holiday. The NBA's leading rebounder in 2011, Minnesota power forward Kevin Love, is also on the school's prominent pro alumni list.
Malcolm Lee, a 6'5 point guard, hopes to continue the notable NBA success enjoyed by those players, especially the guards. If confidence was the sole determiner of success at the pro level, Lee's name would fit right in with the aforementioned group.
Lee doesn't shy away from comparisons to Westbrook, Collison and Holiday. In fact he embraces them and is anxious to prove his name belongs in the same sentence.
"I'm kind of actually similar," Lee told HOOPSWORLD on where his game fits compared to recent UCLA pro guards. "I feel like I have a lot of explosiveness like Russell Westbrook and also the defensive side like Jrue Holiday. I kind of see myself similar as them. I really can't see the difference."
I watched Russell Westbrook. I saw him (dump) all over Oregon and Cal players with his ridiculous speed and quickness. Mr. Lee, you are no Russell Westbrook.
Don't get me wrong. I am rooting for Malcolm to succeed. I believe he gave us all he had when he was here and left it out there on the floor, which is more than I can say for the majority of last year's team. He has earned my respect and allegiance as a Bruin, and I will be happy if his self-evaluation turns out to be correct. But right now, whether self-promotion is the name of the game for draftees or not, being that far out of touch with reality just makes them look rather silly.