The Millsap effect, who will be next?
When Millsap was drafted in the second round as an undersized power forward with average athleticism many people thought his game would not translate to the NBA. What was his game? Leading the NCAA in rebounding for three straight years. Well it did translate to the NBA because rebounding is a skill as much as it is length and athleticism.
So, who is next?
Hassan Whiteside led the NCAA in blocked shots at over 5/game. Many are questioning him but it seems realistic that he could be the next big shot blocker in the NBA. What about Art Parakhouski? He led the NCAA with over 13 rebounds per game. If you look at his games, he usually had a pretty even distribution of offensive and defensive rebounds, meaning it was more about his knack for the ball.
Not saying these guys are super stars (Millsap isn't either) but Millsap is far from a bust and a legit player...
DeJuan Blair, without a doubt. Possibly the best boarder in the game already, especially for a 6'6" guy.
Luke Harangody, a hard nose player listed at 6'8 250, did very well in college, a tremendous worker and I think with the right amount of time and effert out in he could translate very well to the NBA. I never see him being a superstar but maybe a strong asset off the bench who could come in and really help the team. Has a descent shot from inside and out.
I don't see Parakhouski ever becoming a starter on a winning team but he can be a serviceable player of the bench. Rebounding is one of the most translatable skills from college to the pros. As Bill Russell says every time he is interviewed, 90% of all rebounds are grabbed below the rim.
I think Dejuan Blair already proved he is that type of player. The thing that made him drop was concerns about his knees. But that said, teams should have taken him earlier. With so many players turning into busts, it seems odd that more of these players aren't taken higher. Perhaps that is why the lottery teams mostly remain lottery teams?
Dejuan Blair is doing without ACL's in both knees.
Watch out for Derrick Caracter.
Millisap is a beast at 6"7. Another great second round find for the jazz. I also like Hassan Whiteside i really hope the jazz draft him.
My vote was on Kenneth Faried, until he withdrew, he lead the NCAA in rebounding. Also and another undersized pro player that lead the NCAA in rebounding at a small school and went on to a good career was Malik Rose.
I don't know what to expect from Gallon, I have no idea if he'll be Robert Traylor or Anthony Mason...my hunch is on Traylor though, but he does have some upside.
I dunno. I'm not super high on him. I've seen him mock to the Knicks so I did a little research.
I think at best, he's Glen Davis. I feel he could be a banger in the NBA. He's still going to need to lose 25-30 pounds to be able to play 15-20 min a game.
without a doubt luke harangody will make an impact right away, sort of like millsap. except luke might not be as effective as millsap but he will make up for it with his 15 footer. did you see his results on the athleticism tests? this will contribute at the next level.
Yeah, I honsetly expected him to be in better shape at the combine, I think if he would have shown up at 280-285 he'd be a late 1st rounder, but you have to question someone's motivation when they drop out of college after 1 year to play pro basketball and don't even show up in shape. He is pretty skilled offensively which helps him, but Big Baby's work ethic and 15-18 footer is what made him the player he is today.
He was what 302?
Yea I know. I did too. I question that as well. He was rumored to be like 325 in college. I think that tough losing alot of weight. If I'm correct he did have alot of body fat so he needs to work on it. I think he needs someone to work with him. To be fair, I don't think he'd even be in this draft if he wasn't gonna be kicked off the team. That's the thing where I like him. Had he went back to college, he could have went top 20 next year.
Like Daniel Orton, I feel if you could get someone who would have been more highly rated, you have to look at him.
Gallon is a 2nd rounder. His range is 31-45. If NY took him, I would be a little upset because I feel his bust rate is sorta high
I think so, but as a 2nd round pick so there isn't as big of a deal if he busted as a 1st rounder and had a guaranteed contract. I'm not a Knicks fan, but who would you like to have them pick up in the 2nd round? I have them getting Jerome Jordan and Quincey Pondexter.
Gallon really shouldn't have a lot of problems losing weight. The more you weigh, the more calories you burn when you move. And no matter how big you are, 3500 calories = 1 pound. He's also an athlete, who will have access to multiple nutritionists and fitness experts, whether he plays in the NBA or overseas.
As A knicks fan, I'm torn.
I want Jerome Jordan. I know that much.
The 3 guys I would love to have are Darrington Hobson, Jordan Crawford or Charles Garcia.
I hate Gravis Vasquez ( now that I said that, he will be picked by NY)
Any combination of the 4 is good for me.
if trevor booker was more skilled he could be a small foward ball handling, jump shot he would of been like shawn marion but i still like him as a player
I would take dexter pittman 50 times before i take gallon. pittman has shown the willingness and the ability to work hard and lose the weight that he needed to. gallon has shown nothing but the ability to get run out of a program and show up to a combine fat and out of shape (the equivalent of showing up to a job interview in a dirty t shirt and jeans).
saying that he will have no problem losing weight when he gets to the nba is ludicrous. how did tractor traylor stay fat? shaq got fat (but he was a freak of nature anyway). mike sweetney got HUGE. sure he will have the resources to lose weight and stay in shape, but he has done nothing to show that he is willing to do so.
and knicksboy 32, you dont want charles garcia. i am from seattle and have seen him play multiple times. he is a 6'10 skinny forward who loves the 3, has a shakey handle and plays no d. basically he thinks he is rashard lewis, but cannot shoot like him at all.