This narrative is why FvV wasn't drafted. It's also why he struggled to get on a team. Good thing Masai and Casey saw more. He brings so many intangibles to the table, enough that in less than 2 years he's gone from pine rider to 3rd string to backing up Lowry. He's become an integral part of the clutch time rotation and he's the definitive quarterback/leader of the 2nd unit that has the highest 5 man net rating in the league. He definitely has his flaws but so did DDR and Klow back then and believe me, Lowry's play then wasn't that inspiring.
On an aside, what's interesting is that FvV at 23 compared to Lowry at 23 have very similar stats and style of play - except that FvV has a better shot and slightly better DRtg's, even though Lowry at 23 had already been in the league 4 years. FvV has that look, the one where he wants to win games and want's too get better and will do whatever it takes to make that happen - you can't teach that.
I wholeheartedly agree with LX with how Delon and FvV are great compliments to each other and balance each others weaknesses.
It's difficult for me to read absolute caps on players and their upside. Many on the Raps have proven others wrong that carried such narratives against them; players like DDR and JV and even Coach Casey.
for every demar there are a bunch of joey grahams too. And demar's ceiling was always very high, his athletic ability was off the charts, he was only missing the things that can be learned, if you have the work ethic (for which he was praised since season 1) and are lucky enough to avoid big injuries.
If you don't want to explore the ceiling of a particular player that's fine, but masai won't have that luxury. He will need to make some tough decisions at some point. I'm pretty sure we'll retain fred this summer, but what if he has to make a choice between powell and fred? The only way to make that choice is to compare their ceilings - who will be a better player in 2-3 years? They will probably make a similar salary after this season, so it's all about fit and potential.