going 2nd? what a joke...Monroe>Thabeet
They are both differenet types of player, thabeet is a legit more than 7 footer center with good defensive capabilities and size, Monroe is a natural PF, great mobility, pass and handle and some offensive skills. the problem here is that you are comparing apples with lemons, Griffin will be the first PF taken, and most teams wont let a true center like thabeet goes out of their hands. ( However i am with you that Monroe is a top 5 pick)
Monroe will most definitely be a better NBA player than Thabeet but he will not go higher than Thabeet. The league is forever concerned with gettin size over ability. Bogut went number one just because he's a seven footer. Oden over Durant was one of the biggest mistakes of the past 10 years yet people still continue to justify it because athletic 7 footers are impossible to find (even though Portland had a similar player in Joel P.). Joe Smith was a number one. A certain Michael Jeffrey Jordan took a back seat to a seven footer named Sam Bowie. Thabeet will be a decent enough defensive center to play in the league for 10 years but Monroe is the truth. Keep in mind this is coming from a die hard UCONN fan.
It's kind of a joke. He's top 5 talent and maybe top 10 at worst but he's not worth the 2nd overall pick. I'd say James Harden deserves that spot.
I think you guys are undervaluing how important it is to have a big presence in the middle. Monroe definatly has more offensive potential but Thabeet makes teams settle for jump shots and alters 5 or 6 shots in addition to 4 blocks per game. Harden is the best guard in this draft i.mo, but at 6-3.5 i dont know id hes going to be able to quite be a dominant scorer. I like Earl Clark more then Monroe
I personally am I big fan of the game of earl clark...he has the tools to be a star and shows it every so often...as for thabeet....im 50/50....in the college game yes he does alter the game on the defensive end, but he has very little impact on the offense. He just cant dominate every single night like someone like Beasley, Oden or Durant did during their college years(or year). Its great he drops 20 points on Fairfield, but then hes challenged by a contender and he tends to dissapear...it also seems like he allows backdoor cuts right under his nose all the time and doesnt go after the ball on rebounds..it also doesnt help that he has hands like a snake. As far as im concerned hes not even the most effective big man on his team! Jeff Adrian outplays thabeet every single night and seems to get no love. I understand you cant teach 7'3, but I'd rather have a hard nosed player than a clueless 7'3 big. Oden absolutely dominated the college game every single night, and he is barely putten up 10 points a game, with under 10 boards and he was 10 times better than thabeet!! The thought of Dwight Howard playing Thabeet is disturbing..it wouldnt even be fair...
I think thabeet will dominate the defensive end with 2 or 3 years in the nba, he is still raw and most put at least 15 pounds in order to hold on strong centers. He has progressed a lot in his 3 years of college experience, its likely he has some more potential, like the Mutombos comparison, but will not be an offensive threat ever..
His size is the only reason he is in the top 5, other than that he is another Diop.
Thabeet is going to be decent, but is decent good enough for the #2 pick. I think depends on what you need but I figure if you are picking that high at 2 you need some instant impact on both ends. I don't really see much potential on the offensive end for Thabeet maybe he gets a better hook shot but to say he's going to change the fortunes of a team, I don't see it. If he was picked a little further down by a better team that wouldn't need him to be a homerun would be best for him. Monroe is the better choice at that slot to me. But I will say Thabeet could shck a lot of people if he puts in the work to improve his offense but I can't see that happening. He could end up being a slightly better Yinka Dare, I hope I'm wrong though, because I see he has improved each year. That means he has been working hard hopefully he will keep that up.