David Thorpe artical with links
A little artical about trainer David Thorpe and a few links. He`s obviously a bit biased towards some of the guys he`s trained (and not trained) but the dude has a pretty good track record for talent.
I`m only posting this because of the small comments he makes regarding Patrick Patterson.. which I think are fair,... for the moment.
If someone could post the espn insider links, that would be wonderful.
HotSnot--I don't know why people are sleeping on Patterson. It boggles my mind.
@ sheltwon3 you and I appear to be in the minority on this one.
I suppose its because he`s not viewed as a dramatic, shoe endorsing big man by most casual observers. I agree with what Thrope said .... He is the most NBA ready PF in the draft. With many teams playing small ball occasionally in games he could guard most C`s for stretches and his shooting definitly helps the small ball game. He has a bigger wingspan then Haslem and appears more agile. He should block quite a few shots and get steals. He will be able to convert lobs around the rim for easy baskets. I don`t see why he doesn`t have 20-10 potential after a couple seasons in the league. He`s should have the ability to keep 4`s honest and out of the paint to open up the middle for your teams center. Whats not to like... He seems to have a Brandon Bass body but he`s taller with a higher standing reach. I think when he gets playing time he`s going to be pretty reliable. Playing time is the key though. If he gets drafted by a team with an established front court it may take time for him to really show his stuff.
I see a bunch of Mocks where Patterson falls out of the lottery. I just don`t see that happening. I`m sure there will be atleast a couple GM`s who fall in love with the guy and he goes before pick 10 worst case scenario.
HotSnot --even if he falls he will be a lot of Gm's look stupid. I dont get it after his freshmen year he had mad potential and each year he has improved. All of his measurements were better than rumored. He is smart. Is that it. If you are smart and basketball player does that mean you have peaked if you stay in school and graduate in 3 years. People would rather take Aminu over Patterson and I am like huh. Aminu has a ton of upside mainly because he does not have anything close to a ready game and he is explosive. Patterson is explosive too but last year he let Wall and Cousins get theirs. I mean that is another plus, some player only can do well if they are the main guy. He showed in college that he could play with NBA talent and still be productive. With nbadraft.net having him at 6, that at least tell me that some people are taking notice.