Julian Wright is a "Lotto Thief" I believe should no longer be on a NBA roster. Coming out of HS/College I thought his slashing ability would translate over to the NBA which it has not, because he had tons & tons of "POTENTIAL". When he was on N.O. roster over the summer he refused to play in the Summer League camp, which I thought would have been beneficial for him. By him refusing to play over the summer, that showed me he has a lack of work ethic to better himself as a player. For him not to be the player people thought he would, I don't understand why N.O. picked up the option on his contract. Although he is only making $2-Mil this year, that is a lot of money for a player who does not do anything. Hell that is a lot of money for a person like me who has never seen it, N.O. made Wright go from a have not to a have got.
Who is your active "Lottery Thief" that does not belong on a roster?
I actually disagree. I think Julian can be a guy that fills out the roster and comes in for defensive purposes. His D is pretty good and on offense he is a actually really good passer. Hes a lottery thief since he definitely shouldnt of been picked in the first round, but i still think he belongs in the league.
Adam Morrison is a lotto theif, he is garbage in the NBA, doesnt play defense, doesnt playmake, below average scorer, not athletic, his time in the NBA is almost up in my mind.
At 1 point & time going into college I thought Wright would have experimented playing some Point-Forward. I seen that he could have been like a Shaun Livingston type the way he passed well in the Mickey D's game.
Hilton Armstrong? Yi Jianlian? Acie Law? PAtrick O'Bryant? Sear Sene? Fran Vasquez? Yaroslav Korolev? Rashad McCants? Mike Sweetney? Every year theres at least one... In 08, its looking like Joe Alexander (the proverbial AAAA player) and Anthony Randolph. In 09, Clark, Hill, Thabeet and maybe Rubio and/or Flynn. In 10, its too early too tell, but Henry, Udoh, Aldrich, Hayward, Johnson and Aminu have some bust-ability left to dispell. Though all these players have show flashes of brilliance this year.. except for Aldrich.
Half the players you listed are not active
Greg Oden, Ike Diogu, Adam Morrison, Joe Alexander, Rafael Arujo, Robert Swift, Jared Jeffries, Dajuan Wagner, and Chris Mihm.
having had an opportunity to watch wright extensively this year, I have been both impressed and disapointed with him. Impressed at the effort he exhibits on D, impressed with his excellent court vision and passing, and impressed with his overall hustle. Offset this with disapointment with his incredibly low offensive IQ, his absolute panic with the ball in a crowd, how he plays hot potato and gets the ball out of his hands no less than 3 seconds after it is in them, his shooting mechanics which bear a resemblance to leo decaprio in the basketball diaries, and how he runs around like a chicken with his head cut off 90% of the time he's on the floor... but for all that, i think he could be a valuable 7th or 8th man off the bench for specific defensive stops out of time outs, or as an energy guy to get the crowd back into games on a playoff team.
You right... my bad.. I misread. Eddy Curry? Chris Quinn? James Johnson?
Julian Wright's biggest issue was that he hasn't gotten any smarter as a basketball player than he was as a sophomore in college. He'll have a great play using the strengths you guys listed earlier (spot on with defense, passing, athleticism, and hustle) but then he'll follow it up with a play where he tries to do too much and jack a terrible shot or turn the ball over after telegraphing his move as soon as he gets the ball. He has all the physical talent, and is a pretty versitle ball player, but it's in his head.
How was Patrick O'Bryant a lottery pick? He wasn't even on the draft radar before that performance against Aaron Gray and Pitsburg. Golden State made a huge mistake with that one.
Was a lottery pick on NBADraft.net for basically his entire last season in college. Getting as high as a top 10 pick for some of it.
I compared Perry Jones to this guy Jullian Wright the difference is he's taller. but he has a legit excuse if he's not the type of player the hype has him to be This draft is very weak.
^ Julian Wright's Kansas team was partially to blame for Patrick O'Bryant's stock rising. If they wouldn't have upset the Jayhawks in the tournry ( O'Bryant had a double double too) then I don't think he would hav been picked as high. 7 degrees of Julian Wright, lol