My Player's take
Blake Griffin- He's going to be a great player in the NBA but I'm not sure he's a number one option on a Championship team. Some feel he is going to be able to develop into a combo forward. That could be vital, great prospect.
Rubio- This guy is ultra crafty, coordinated, ambidextrous (sp) and headsy. To me the question is he going to be able to get in the lane against a quick defender to create and will he be able to knock down a consistant 3 in the NBA.
Thabeet- He's only been playing ball for 4 or 5 years, he's going to improve offensively and defensively. I have no doubt Thabeet i s going to get posterized more then a few times but he going to block some hard dunk attempts too. Someone defending the rim like that is vital for a team with championship asperations. If you have scorers in place and can tell this guy to defend the paint and run the floor, he's going to be succesful. ie; Thunder
Jordan Hill- Im not sure he's going to be a Bosh. I think he'll be better then Brandon Wright though.
Harden- I think this guy is going to find a way to score in the league ie; Paul Pierce without elite quickness and would be great scorer on a second unit. I see him as a capable defender.
Derozan- I think he's going to be a stud. His game is still developing and watching the Pac-10 tourney, has me saying sky is the limit for this kid.
Jennings- Quick, great handle whatever team feels pg is a big need will take this guy, out of the top 5.
Clark- Love him but he needs to become more fluid he seems kinda like a robot. When you squint youre eyes and watch him dunk in traffic it looks like Lebron James. Tidy up ball handling.
Flynn- I'm not very high on this guy. Small, makes poor decisions too often, wont be able to finish with consistantcy in the nba, Inconsistant 3pt shot. Once in a while he'll make a sick play but the positives dont outweigh the negs for me.
Budinger- He's one of the thoughest to judge in my opinion because I want to compare him to Michael Finley (young) but I keep thinking what if he turns out like all my other white NBA players who werent worthy of that high of a draft postition.
I like your insights eprizzle and I believe this draft is better than originally stated. it may not have two definitely but it has a lot of possibles and may be better than some draft that had two definites and nothing else. Chase will move down as others rise up. There is not much of a market for athletic white wing players. I am not trying to put race in this but now that this draft look better for the perimeter spots, I don't see who would take a chance on him given he not a elite shooter and he is not a finished prospect. I believe after what happened with Morrison, people may be a little worried about drafting a white player that is not a shooter or post presence.
Exactly thats why Chase could slip or a team could say this guy a super athlete with a good release. Lets look at my fellow white players that have been drafted early the last few years, shall we. Dunleavy- 1 good year with pacers, Morrison- bust, Luke Jackson- bust, Hawes is decent, I dont ever see Swift in a game which I always want to see his funny lookin mug. I guess Love is the great white hope.
i'm a grizz fan to start it, but i think okc should draft a sg before a center, unless they get griffin-they could slide green and durant down. if they get rubio, either westbrook or rubio could be the pg or sg..look at their size. they'll have other picks later in the round, if Harden or DeRozan are available....i could see them filling the sg need first. they could snatch a center in free agency. just imagine having spots 1,2,3,4 taken care of...and each spot is very..talented..very.. also, durant and green could easily switch between sf/pf all the time.. ...they could easily be 45-37, maybe 47-35 this upcoming season. thabeet is gonna have trouble in the nba offensively for yearsssss which may be a problem with okc, the more ways they can score, they more dangerous they are to..EVERY team.
I spend most of my time watching pac 10 hoops, and when comparing the 3 wings(Budinger, Derozan, Harden) coming out this year, here is what I see:
1-Derozan: He came on strong and has the athletic ability to find his way on the court while the rest of his game develops. While his perimeter shooting is shaky, he has the ability to create his own shot and shoot over defenders without having to be wide open with his feet set. That is important because it is something you can't really teach and it is his biggest advantage over the other 2 guys. prediction: between 4-6.
2-Harden: Great passer, slasher, and spot up shooter with NBA range. Very crafty and unselfish, let's the game come to him before choosing his spots to take over. His weaknesses are that he is average athletically and commits a lot of turnovers when he tries force his way to the basket since he does'nt have blow by you speed. Talented enough to have a very succesful career as a starter, but doubtful he ever becomes a star. More likely to benefit off of other players drawing attention then creating himself. prediction: between 5-8
3 Budinger: Great athlete who moves around the court effortlessly. Has a great jump shot with nba range. Very cerebral and intelligent passer who won't force things. Not great at getting by defenders and poor finisher in traffic. Shooting drops significantly off the dribble. Not very strong which will hurt him defensively and around the paint. I see him being a safe pick because he will be able to run the floor and knock down jumpers for the next dozen years without needing any plays called for him. Think young Brent Barry with slightly less ball handling. prediction: between 10-16