Is it possible for any other player to be better than Blake and Rubio in this draft? Who
I think Flynn if anyone could be the better than those guys. Don't get me wrong I think they both will be legit, but say they are not. Who would be the best in your opinon?
James Harden or maybe Tyreke Evans could be somewhat of a surprise.
Steph Curry will be the BEST player in this draft people are sleeping on his ability to play point......
that everyone except NBA decision makers is sleeping on is Jordan Hill. Check the stats. He started playing basketball LESS than 10 years ago, but his production increased every single year in a major conference. Developing very rapidly.
I think that kids point potential is getting slept on he is way better than a 7 or 8 pick he is a top 4 pick to me.
James Harden or posssibly DeMar DeRozen.
I think that every year there is always a guy in the Top 5 or Top 10 that nobody ever thinks that highly of. Nobody ever thinks will make an All-Star team, or will ever be more than a role player. This year that man is Hasheem Thabeet. I mean, if everyone thinks that he is just a shot blocker, well here take Tyrus Thomas. If you want someone to block shots, he can do it as well as anyone in the league right now. Why would the Grizzlies want to pass on all of these potential stars for a player that nobody seems to want? I mean, a couple of years ago, Andrea Bargnani went #1 overall. I don't think that any of the other teams in the Top 5 would have taken him. I think more people will be surprised if he DOES make 5 All-Star teams than those who would be surprised if he DIDN'T make even 2. I am not ripping on Bargnani, I actually think that the Raptors were envisioning all of the match up problems that he could create, similar to the Orlando Magic right now in the playoffs. But, it just seems to me that people would be saying, "Remember that 76ers team that went to the Finals with Mutombo and Iverson? Well, that's what I envision with the Grizzlies with Mayo, Thabeet, Gay, Conley, and Gasol!" They will be tough! I mean, it seems to me that the Grizzlies should just do something crazy with their pick and make some trades if Thabeet isn't even that highly regarded of a prospect. Of course, if he's as good as Mutombo it's a great pick. If he develops an offensive game in the post, he will be a 10 time all-star. But nobody seems to think that it's possible for this to happen. I don't know, it just seems that nobody seems to be that high on this guy, just like a lot of players in the past, yet nobody seems to have him dropping out of the Top 3. Why is that? I mean, I know that someone will say "He has a very specific skill. He blocks shots at an elite level" Well, so do Tyson Chandler and Tyrus Thomas. But, I don't think that anyone would trade the #2 pick for either of those guys, even if Chandler were healthy. A team like Memphis can't think of the long term either because it seems most NBA players view Memphis as an undesirable town to play in for whatever reason. I mean, just look at Rubio. He hasn't even been to Memphis and already he says he hates it. I know that Pau Gasol wasn't the biggest fan, but at least he would be playing with Marc Gasol there. They could find something to do together there, I heard that there is a lot that an 18-year old millionaire would find appealing in Memphis.
I actually answered the question in reverse above here so my answer is Demar DeRozan or Brandon Jennings. I think that Jennings would have been a Top 5 pick if he came straight out of high school and spending that year learning the ropes of the "business side" of basketball will make him that much better prepared to kick ass right out of the gate. Plus, he seemed to handle it with class and dignity, while also doing something that almost no one else had done before by going to Europe to sit on the bench versus leading a team of Chase Buddiger and Jordan Hill to the Elite 8.
Thabeet will be like Shawn Bradley in the NBA in that everybody will try to dunk on him.
I would take Jennings over Rubio to be honest. His quickness alone will make him good at putting pressure on the ball handler. The scout overseas even said he could stay in front of the quickest guards all the time. Not to mention he has great passing skills too. Wait til that kid has other athelets around him who get out and run.
I think the definite answer is yes. I see various people who have the potential to be better than Griffin or Rubio. The top 3 that come to mind are Demar Derozan, Earl Clark, and Brandon Jennings. Derozan is an unbelievable talent. If he continues to improve on his jumpshot and defense he could turn into a Kobe Bryant type player. He has off the charts athleticism and already a very good shot and overall offensive game. He just needs to develop more consistency and if he does then watch out!
Earl Clark could be phenomenal as well. Hes got great size at 6 foot 10 inches yet he plays a hybrid SF-PF position. He also needs to become more fundamentally sound and consistent but he has a great work ethic and could thrive in the NBA. I remember reading an article on him that said after he worked out in front of several NBA scouts he chased them down and asked about his workout and suggestions for things he needs to work on. One of the scouts told the person who wrote the article that in his however many years scouting, that was the first time a player had chased them down to discuss how he can improve. Clark has the potential to be a star but the question remains whether he will reach that potential or not.
Jennings could be very good because of his athleticism and point guard skills. He can score with the best of them but he knows how to distribute the ball. I remember when he played in the McDonalds All American game instead of trying to score a ton, he said he wanted to have 20 assists.
For some reason I always thought Clark was much shorter than 6'10. If he is a legit 6'9-6'10 he will flourish in the NBA. I'm in the few here, but I really like Jordan Hill in the right situation.
Earl Clark and Demar Derozan are the two that have huge potential but possible high risk type players. Derozan if he turns it on could be a Vinsanity all star player, but I dont think he has the handle or overall feel for the game like Vince. We'll have to see how Thabeet does just because of his size and dencently nimbleness.(if that makes sense)
I think that Earl Clark could very well become better than both. He's gotta pretty good mid range game and passing vision which is crazy considering heez 6 10. If he improves his jumper He could be 20+ Point guy along with 7+ rebound and maybe 4+ assists. Also he shows he has the ability to work hard to improve his game after stepping it up this year.
He would have damn near averaged a triple double this past season. The thing that scares me about Clark is a lot of times I watched him I felt he did not play hard and was too passive. I agree he has unlimited potential, but the kid scares me. He needs to want to take the oppositions heart more.
No way is Stephen Curry going to be the best out of this draft, aside from Griffin and Rubio, my choice has to be either Harden or Evans. They both can play and have some other skills besides shooting.
Curry is an assassin... ultra productive in college (aganist ALL competition), great handle and vision, very crafty with the ball and he is extermely competitive...
but DeMar DeRozan can be something special. I watched him play about 10 times this year, and at first I was'nt very impressed considering all the hype. But the DeRozan that finished the year in leading USC to the conference tournament title and into the second round of the NCAA tournament was a monster. He has all-star potential. A lot of great athletes have come into the league before and they never became anything special. But the difference I see with DeRozan is that he can be a force around the basket both attacking and finishing, as well as hitting the boards. If he can keep himself on the court while he develops the rest of the ball handling and shooting tools, the sky is the limit. Personally, I would take him before Harden.
He had some bad shooting games against longer defenders. And when he tried to force the ball to the hole, he commited a lot of turnovers. There were numerous games against tougher comp where he would struggle for extended stretches. I just don't think he has the quickness to go by guys at the NBA level and that is crucial to running the point. If he plays off the ball, then he will be an Eddie House type that just runs off of screens and has trouble gaurding people at the other end.
He did have some off games against longer players because they where good defensive teams and they threw the kitchen sink at him... Curry had NOBODY on his team that was decent some of the players he played with had D2 talent (which didnt help his assist to turnover ratio). He doesnt have the quickness to go by players but he has the craftiness and the bball IQ to get his shot off....
Steph will make the defense make a decision when the man who sets the pick for him is a elite player or athelete, and he rolls or pops. He will cause problems. I do worry about him defensively though.
Yeah he needs to add a little weight....
there a lot of ppl sayin this years draft is weak, but i must disagree, theres a lot of talent, I really like, Hill, Derozen, Flynn, Harden, Clark,Daye, Curry, Johnson, Maynor, Budinger, Teague, Summers, Henderson, Ellington, Jennings, Holliday, Brown, Lawal, Gibson.....ect.(obviously not all of these guys are going to be all-stars, but these guys I just said, and others will all be solid role players who contribute to all-stars.) there only a few guys that i think will not last very long in the nba, like; Mullens, Lawson, Blair. then again I am more of a guy who likes to look at a player's potential, rather than there then there weaknesses. but to answer the question, I think Hill, Derozen, Flynn, and Teague could all be all-stars. I think Daye could also be very good if he just gets bigger.