DRAFTED BEFORE STEPH CURRY!!!!????
Them owners gotta be kickin themselves in the A$$ RIGHT NOW!
Jordan Hill was drafted one pick ahead of Curry. The Knicks made it clear that they were targeting Curry no way they would have drafted Hill over him.
You don't pick guys with major flaws in the top 5. Flynn undersized and not a great shooter. Thabeet super skinny and no offensive game whatsoever. You could almost see it coming, but of course that's really tough.
Curry drafted #7 Hill drafted #8
Flynn was a pretty good college player - i don't remember too many ppl actually putting up their hand and saying he will be a complete bust.....
I didn't think Thabeet would be this bad - I thought he wasn't going to be great but would at least be a 15-20 minute a night defensive guy or even a starter on a bad team...
I remember the Knicks badly wanting Curry.
But looking to the future, who in THIS years draft has some big flaws projected in top 5 or 10. Anthony Bennett? Undersized for of and definetly not a sf. Also limited post moves.
Most of the names you mentioned, I don't recall anyone being super high on any of them. However, Steph Curry and Johnny Flyn a lot of people liked both of them and were somewhat high on them. I don't remember my thoughts on the two though.
Well Memphis needed a Center badly. They had a young trio of Conley-Mayo-Gay and needed a center. Thabeet I felt would have been a bust yes, but this was one of those cases where a team almost had to draft for need.(Disclaimer this is off pure memory, too tired to google quickly the Grizzlies roster at the time.)
Flynn was rated higher than Curry coming out, and started out well, but injuries took a hold of him. Flynn was exciting to watch.
But two teams watching Steph now and are pissed:
NY- Would have been exciting to watch him in NY.
PHX- Phx had a deal to move Amare to Golden State for the pick and Beidrins. The deal reportedly was agreed upon but Nelly pulled out once he saw Curry fell to their pick.
The same way Damian Lillard was drafted 6th.
These guys come from small schools and weak conferences and put up huge numbers. It's difficult to gauge exactly how good they are since they don't play against high level competition.
For every Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard, there are 10 times more Trey Johnsons, Morris Almonds, Jimmers and Lester Hudson.
The Flynn/Curry one is easily the most painful just because they play the same position, but Flynn was held in pretty high regards coming out of Syracuse. His leadership skills and fearlessness won a lot of people over, and somehow in this age where it seems that there's no such thing as a secret, Syracuse and NBA teams didn't know how serious Flynn's hip injury was.
Meanwhile Curry had some question marks because he was mainly a SG in college and even when he played PG his senior year, people questioned his ability to play the position at the next level.
Personally, I was high on both of them. I was high on a lot of PGs that year. Flynn, Curry, Rubio, Jennings, Lawson, Teague, and Maynor off the top of my head. I wasn't very high on Holiday, but obviously he worked out pretty well for Philly.
Curry is making a name for himself in these playoffs...He carried his team into overtime and almost stole a win against a heavily favored Spurs team and without all star David Lee......I really love the way Mark Jackson coaches that team......