A couple years ago I was once again amazed by the stupidity of NBA GMs, all of whom passed on Paul Milsap, a guy who led the nation in rebounding for an incredible three years in a row. I've always felt that rebounding is one area that never gets enough recognition. Check out ABC, CBS, ESPN, and TNT's half time stats. They rarely include rebounding, which I find hard to believe, but it tells me they don't understand the nuances of the game.
Anyway, there are at least 3 power forwards who are all around the same height, 6 foot 7, and their primary value in the NBA will probably be rebounding. In my opinion, all three of them are highly underrated because of their relatively short height for the power forward position.
Here are their names, please tell me what you think.
I don't think Brockman or Harangody will be anything other than solid role players at best. However, Blair has a chance to really make a name for himself, and IMHO, should be rater higher in the draft.
Blair is a monster rebounder, especially on the offensive glass. His ability to create space for himself down low, and his long arms negate his height when it comes to rebounding. He'll never outjump anyone, but he'll clear out taller/skinnier guys because he is so strong and relatively quick on his feet for his size. If he can develop any type of jump shot, I think he has a place as a starting PF in the league.
Harangody is not a good rebounder, despite what the stats say. He thrived primarily by rebounding his own misses and the plethora of Notre Dame 3-pt attempts. I would be absolutely shocked if he ever plays more than 10mpg in the NBA.
I don't know enough about Brockman to have any comment on him, but I always thought of him as more of an offensive force than defense/rebounding force.
ch15r36is described DeJuan Blair in a manner that I thought was on the money. Once again, rebounding is underrated, everybody's looking for scorers, which are a dime a dozen in the NBA. Guys who rebound are rare gems. Anyway, I don't understand why Blair is rated in the bottom 1/3 of the first round. There are a number of players ahead of him who don't impress me. And I agree, with improved shooting and the right team, he could be a starter. I know I was very impressed every time I saw him play.
I don't know a lot about Brockman, but he was very impressive in the NCAA Tournament. I can't say this for sure, but I think there was one game where he had 22 rebounds. He's the guy who reminds me the most of Paul Milsap because he doesn't have an offensive game. Everything he does revolves around rebounding, even his scoring. He could be a very valuable 2nd round choice and a solid role player at the next level.
Harangody's NBA potential is an unknown to me. I know most people don't give him much of a chance, but my brother's watched him play repeatedly and thinks he will be very successful at the next level. You may be right about his rebounding numbers, but whatever the reason, he seems to be very consistent in getting a significant number. You can't say that about very many players. I think if he were 2 inches taller, he would be a first round choice. If I were picking, he's the kind of guy whom I would take a chance on very early in the 2nd round. I wouldn't even be surprised if someone took him at the end of the first round.
Blair will be an NBA players. He's got the strenght, hands and tenacity to get it done. He knows how to use his body to clear out space and uses his long arms well. He'll need to get in better shape at the next level but he'll be a solid player.
I really don't think Harangody will translate well at the next level. He's not atheltic at all and he has no lenght so I don't think he will be able to survive with the PFs in the league.
Brockman may make it in the league because he is moderately atheltic and has a great motor. I don't know how much PT he will get but I think his ability translates a little better than Harangody.
You might be right about Harangody, but you may want to conisder what my brother said about him. He said, Harangody scores almost at will against the best defenders in the Big East. In addition, he's double teamed every night and that won't happen in the NBA. Although he seems like a long shot, I would never underestimate Harangody and his ability to play at the next level.