Who are the most overrated and underrated players in this year's draft?
In My Opinion
Joe Alexander: Athletically he is very special, but intagible wise and basketball minded I believe isn't there yet, he made smart draft stock decision staying in draft but could end up hurting his career not getting added college experience in long run. For some reason I could see him being the next Luke Jackson.
Brandon Rush: I've never really considered Brandon Rush a first-round talent. For being almost 23 years old, you would think he would be completely dominating the competition. Not so, in his 3 years at Kansas they have all been almost statisically same with averages of 13ppg and around 5rpg. He's not really great at anything but decent at alot of things. He has seemed to reach his peak potentially and I don't get the feeling he could ever grow into an nba all-star.
Anthony Randolph- If I were a GM in a top 10 position, I would be very hesitant about selecting Randolph. He is perfect example of a potentially high risk high reward pick but also could go other way. For him to flourish he would have to be in right system in which he could have room for growth and time to develop. I'm not sure if I would call him overrated, more so unknown.
Eric Gordon: I know it might seemed weird for me to have Eric Gordon as underrated seeing that he is a lock for being a top 10 selection but I've just never understood why he wasn't considered higher than Bayless nor Mayo. He is just as good of athlete if not better, just as much potential, and to compare against Mayo, Gordon is much younger. Mayo might be most marketable out of the 3 but it scares me to think of what Gordon has potential to become compared to Bayless or Mayo.
DJ White- I know, I know I have two Hoosiers on my list. I'm actually in Golden Gopher state so that might be considered a sin, OH Well. I am high on White because I could see him becoming one of the players that makes the NBA transition the easiest. I could see him having a Leon Powe/Kendrick Perkins type game, not greatest stats or ever an all-star but a guy who gets the job done.
Chris Douglas-Roberts- If selected by right team CDR could flourish much like he did with Memphis when he was the main man not Rose. He could be a nice energy offensive player that could mold into the steal of the draft. He has decent tools to be become very solid player in the NBA. I could see him at worst being next Luther Head.
DeAndre Jordan (talent is great, but he's not proven.)
Kevin Love (sure he could make an NBA team, but he is not a top 10 pick.)
Brandon Rush (agree, decent but not first round talent. Hes a Rick Fox at best.)
Eric Gordon (agree, he is as good as a Bayless or Mayo and has alot of heart.)
Darrell Arthur (best big on best team dropped on mock drafts.)
Reggie Williams (All the scouts love him. Outplaying others in stock position.)
there are a few others... but these are my top 3 of both...
I agree with you on CDR, Gordon i think also Ajinca could be a star some day with proper development.Gallinari is overrated for me, too soft, poor rebounder, reminds me of Bargnani.
Joe Alexander is not overrated, he is one of the most athletic players in the draft his handle and shooting might only be average but he could help any team right now with his rebounding, shot blocking and physical play- BStizzle
"OVERRATED" ---- [KEVIN LOVE] - I believe that Mr.Love is little too overrated for this year's NBA Draft. Don't get me wrong, he is a good player, its just that many seem to question his athleticism on the court and whether he is NBA-ready. He seems to have the Point Guard mentality with his praised passing skills similar to Kings' big man Brad Miller, that's a big plus. There's no doubt that he has tremendous strength. However, he could end up being another solid NBA player down the stretch if not an All-Star type player. With the Minnesota-Memphis blockbuster trade, we'll see who got the upside on the trade.
[ERIC GORDON] - A great player, there's no doubt about that. He gots all that jazz on the floor with his scoring prowess and his explosiveness. The downside about him is that he lacks in height, but he deserves to be in the Top Ten picks for the draft. I do not doubt his great potential and what he can do, but he seems overrated due to the fact that he could be just more of a scorer. However, anything can happen in the NBA. LA Clippers made a good choice snatching Eric Gordon to backup Shaun Livingston and his up-down battle with season injuries. Eric Gordon could give LA Clippers some electric with his explosiveness.
most underrated is eric gordon.the only reason they aint talking about him in the top 5 is because of the last couple of games he had but hes still a talent.hes the best shooter in the draft.russell westbrook is someone i think is underrated because ya he may not be your classic point guard but like rose he has alot of up side,can jump out the gym and hes the best defender out of the guards in the draft.you can have him play fullcourt man all day and he will become a good point he just played in ben howlands system plus they had collison but when collison got hurt westbrook stepped up big and they didnt miss a beat so i think he can be a good pg.
overrated i would say Danilo Gallinari and anthony randolph .they both need to bulk up and are getting picked this high because of upside but they also could become busts.i like randolphs games but hes starting to remind me of tyrus thomas and stromile swift.two lsu players that were also super hyphed and havent played like people hoped they would there athletic but thats its.
The top 3 most OVERRATED players in this years draft
1. DeAndre Jordan (Texas A&M)
His talent is has no limits. With that said, even a player who is young and has a ton of possibilites must show something in terms of prduction. 8 Points 6 Rebounds and 1.6 Turnovers a game for a 7'0 255 LB center should make your head scratch a bit. Not the strongest of big men either, He had only four double digit point games and only two double digit rebounding games in conference play. His minutes were very limited towards the latter end of the years and I take note of that. Alot of work will have to go into DeAndre but with the right training and expertise, you may have a productive big man.
2. Donte Green (Syracuse)
Donte's freshman year was very similar to the rollercoasters you ride on the family trip to six flags. Up then down...Up again then down again. Overall 17.7 points and 7 rebounds looks mighty good for a freshman in the Big East, while his 2.6 turnovers and 41% FG% as a 6'10 220 LB big man makes you think a bit. The upside to Donte is tremendous. But how high are you willing to gamble on that? Great talent, Good size with more then a few flaws.
3. Bill Walker (Kansas State)
An un-appreciated talent or a product of Michael Beasley's reign of terror?
This is an easy one for me...
2006'2007 stats (9.7 points 4 rebounds 0.7 Ast and 40% FG Pct
Welcome Michael Beasley
2007'2008 stats (16 points 6.3 rebounds 2 Ast and 47% FG Pct
Enough said. Nice size at 6'6 220 LB's of muscle at the SF position, a good defender who plays hard. Decent all-around player.
Top 3 most UNDERRATED players in this years draft
1. Reggie Williams (VMI)
They call him "The Pride of Prince George" The nations 2-time leading scorer in the country and portsmouth all-tournament team. He averaged 28 points a game during his junior and senior season adding 4 Ast along with 10 rebounds during his senior year. A versatile G/F 6'6 200 LBs who has great athleticism, court vision and a natural feel for the game. While of course the competition at Virginia Military Institute is not on the same level as the Big East, Big 12, Pac 10 and ACC. Most people just do not realize that while Reggie was putting up these numbers, he was facing double and triple teams with not much talent to dish off to. While I was down at Portsmouth, I interviewed Bruce Pearl, his comment and I quote "Reggie has been the best player here" I was extremely high on him before that, that just put the icing on the cake.
2. Gary Forbes
Most people have Forbes scattered around the 2nd round. Anywhere from early second to un-drafted you'll here. He is a first rounder in my book. His size, speed, ball handling skills and body of work make him a can't miss draft selection. While nothing about his game may be top notch, he does everything at a very high level. The most complete NBA ready players outside the top 20 picks is Gary Forbes. With the right team and situation he can become an immediate impact player.
3. Aleks Maric
Who? Nebraska's big man has all the right tools it takes for this league. 16 points and 10 rebounds a game with teammates that did not help him much playing in the Big 12 is outstanding. The most eye popping thing that Maric supplies is his best games came against the best competition. The 6'11 270 LB very skilled big man has the potential to be a draft day stunner.
played less than 5 games due to injury his freshamn year. Do your research my friend.
Anthony Randolph. He should at least another year in college. Hes not even 200 lbs, and hes expected to play the SF-PF positions. Are you kidding me? Not every player, who is 6-9, 6-10 and very thin is close to Tayshawn's Prince level. I think hes going to be a bust.
Kevin Love: At number 5? i wouldnt do that. 6-9 PF-C with no defensive potential..is a reach for any team. He's a good rebounder and passer but i dont think every positive aspect of his game will translate to the NBA.
Russell Westbrook: I saw today the mock draft and hes at no 6. No doubt hes very talented, very athletic( what every team looks for) but he doesnt have a true position. At 6-4 has the size to defend each guard position but not to run a team. I think that his future should be in Indiana.
DeAndre Jordan: Despite that almost everyone says that hes overrated and he should stayed another year at Texas A&M, i think that in 1-2 years we are going to talk about one of the best young big men. I see him averaging a double double in 2-3 years just like Andris Biedrins.
I agree about Rush and Randolph especially with the overrated section. Rush really hasn't proven enough for me to think that he'll be better than a bench shooting guard or small forward. He could be decent at that, but not much more. As for Randolph, you're right on that he could wind up being a very good player if put in the right situation, but put him somewhere like New York and he'll likely be a bust. People seem to get all hopped up on players who have a lot of upside and seem to quickly forget about the downside that the player has as well.
As for underrated, I think you're on with Eric Gordon, mainly because of his slump last year and how people are down on him because of that.
As for Joe Alexander, he's the only one I really have any disagreement with, not that he's underrated or anything, but I think he's rated just about right. I've seen him fairly often in the 8-10 range, and for someone who looks like they'll be a good player but not a superstar, I'd say that's about right given the history of players drafted there and averaging them out.
One more underrated guy I'd like to throw in there is Gary Forbes. He's a good all-around player who can come in and be a contributor right away and he's likely going to be picked in the second round.
Gordon, Thompson, Ajinca
Overrated: Randolph, Mayo, Brook L
The thing about Luke Jackson, i watched him, I'm a native Oregonian, is Luke can't get off the ground, has no foot speed and relies on simply his jump shot. Joe Alexander, I think I have a man crush on. He reminds me of current blazer, Travis Outlaw. A superior athlete who needs to refine his game and put it all together.
Id watch out for Anthony Randolph. Hes the same hieght as Kevin Durant but thinner, cant shoot at all, and likes to play in the post where he WILL get abused by NBA bodys.
Jamont Gordon and CDR are two I think are underrated. Robin Lopez doesn't get near the talk his brother does, but he's a mid 1st so that's not bad. I think Lopez can put up numbers similar to Samuel Dalembert--10, 10, and 3, and do it for a long time. Chris Douglas Roberts still needs to add 10-15 pounds, and work hard on his perimeter jumper, but he has Larry Hughes potential, which isn't great, but still a solid player in the right system/on the right roster. As a second rounder, Jamont Gordon could be a steal. He hits the glass hard for his size, has a solid jump shot, had to play PG for Mississippi St so he has a decent handle and court vision for a guy who will likely play SG at his size. He could be at worst Bonzi Wells, and at best Rodney Stuckey.
I am really starting to gain a apprecaition for this skinny kid
alexander hell stink.
Eric Devendorf, a 6 foot 4 point guard.
Dhamp...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.
How is Randolph overrated did you see the numbers he put up wen Nellie gave him playing time are you serious? Come on man ya'll haven't even gave anyone from 08 draft year to play and already judging him. Besides Randolph obviously showed 2 years in a row in summer league why he got drafted now that he proved he can run in the floor we'll see whos calling him overrated this year.
yeah that's crazy he has all the skills he needs to gain some weight but hes a complete player he isn't overrated.
i agree you cant overrate a player after one year you also cant judge him off of summer leauge..he didnt do much more then he did the first year and its summer leauge..most of the players hes playing against wont even be on a nba roster..im not gonna jump on his band wagon since he hasnt ranslated summer leauge to the nba and im not gonna buy into the excuses that other people give..he doesnt have great players ahead of him
Its crazy CDR is underrated and he did literally squat last year smh. No one in the 08 draft is really overrated they all showed flashes of being solid NBA players Deandre definitely did for a center. Joe is not overrated neither.
NOW LETS SEE WHO WAS RIGHT..D.JORDAN IS OVERRATED AS MOST PEOPLE SAID..KEVIN LOVE ISNT OVERRATED ERIC GORDAN ISNT OVERRATED AS SOMEONE SAID
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dbrownson is brilliant.
Wow... He was right on the money.
DJ White hasn't done a lot in OKC, but I believe that if he was on another team (Green and Ibaka in front of him in rotation), he'd be doing much more. I like what White does when he's on the floor.
bigtymer32 was also on point.
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