Since teams are reluctant to take on salaries do to financial problems as well as the anticipation of the 2010 free agent class; I believe the end of the first round will be filled with foreign players that aren't going to come from overseas for a couple of years instead of some of the better (or more well know) talent from college that will be bumped to the second round.
Two players I know of that are good prospects and will be playing overseas next year are: Nick Calathes and Omri Casspi. Does anyone else know much about the foreign prospects for this draft that will be staying overseas? (i.e. not Ricky Rubio or Brandon Jennings)
Vitor Faverani from Brazil, Tim Ohlbrecht from Germany
Victor Claver is the one foreign player I'm high on & he's likely staying overseas another couple years.
I agree with your assessment about the late 1st round by the way. My mock has a lot of the picks in the 20's being international players. A lot of those guys want to go in the 2nd round so they aren't locked into the rookie wage scale. I could see a little pushback by the NBA & teams using the late first round to gobble up the best of those & be able to claim their hands are tied regarding salary when it comes time for the player to come over.
As a Kings fan I would love to see them grab Claver at 23. He's a great long-term prospect & they save money while he plays overseas. That's a win-win in the late 1st round.
Thanks pirateip. I have heard of Victor Claver and outside of Rubio, I've heard he could be the best foreign talent (even better than Casspi perhaps.)
Also, does anyone know if Rodrique Beaubois is going to stay overseas? He had good measurements at the combine.
From what I've seen of Omri Casspi (no more than a few minutes of footage online and reports) he really seems to have what it takes to play in the NBA: a good jumpshot, athleticism/size, and a big ego. Did he withdraw his name from the draft, or has he just said that he will stay in Europe another year even though he's going to be drafted this year???
Anyways, my favorite international prospect has to be Rodrique Beaubois. He's extremely long and has a great shot, and if he stays in the draft I wouldn't be surprised to see someone take him in the late teens/early 20's. Even though he's a project and might stay overseas another year, I think he could turn out to have a similar career to Leandro Barbosa: a great energy guy off the bench with quick hands and a fan favorite.
piratejp, what would you think of the Kings taking Patty Mills 23rd? I'm not a huge Kings fan so I haven't followed them a ton, but I could see them grabbing him in the first round. He can definitely contribute this season, but at the same time I don't know if he will be more than Beno Udrih with a killer jumpshot (I consider him foreign so that's why I threw him into this convo).
Casspi is in the draft. He just might stay in Europe another year even though he gets drafted this year.
The Kings will take a PG with the 4th pick. No need to draft another PG in Mills with the 23rd pick.
Potential second round picks Sergey Gladyr and Vladimir Dasic hae both withdrawn from the draft today.
Gatorheels is right about them unlikely to grab a 2nd PG. The only exceptions would be if they drafted a foreign PG like Sergio Llull (sp?) who wouldn't come over right away or if they somehow unloaded Udrih (unlikely). I like Mills as a decent backup PG in the league. Someone will grab him late 1st, or more likely early 2nd; probably not the Kings though as I think they'll have already filled the PG need with the 4th pick.