It's been a while since we've had the first two installments of this series (All-Stars and Championships), but I'd like to revisit the revisitings by adding the third. Whenever young players or more specifically high-upside prospects are being tossed around on the web, there tends to be a need to compare their game to another player. It's reasonable to want to be able to see what you're looking at. Undersized bangers
in the mouth down low tend to evoke Carlos Boozer comps, while unassuming defensive-minded wing players give everybody the Shane Battier jigs. I get it.
What I don't want to see is this to be taken too far. It's more prevalent in sub-professional league discussions (like college or minor league baseball sites) than here but it is important. DO NOT compare a 19-year-old kid to a Hall of Famer simply because they have a similar skill set. Jrue Holiday is not Jason Kidd; Evan Turner is not Oscar Robertson; Jason Smith may very well be Hakeem Olajuwon, but let's say he's not just to complete the pattern.
If you want to have thoughtful, insightful comments considered by your peers on this site, try to keep them grounded in reality. That's not to say you can't say the player could build in a similar way. Example: If Jrue Holiday can develop a dependable jump shot like Jason Kidd did, he'd be on his way to becoming a terrific player. Every Hall of Famer was once an unproven prospect I get that, but to lay unattainable comps on players is not only unrealistic for the player, it's unreasonable expectations you're putting into your own head that can make the little victories for prospects seem insignificant. Each Thaddeus Young rebound gets a mini celebration from me because he's not Adrian Dantley.
Debate this point below, but I don't think I'll budge much on this one. Oh and Happy Day After Labor Day Food Coma Day, an American holiday in its own right.