The Top 2 Prospects
After watching a whole lotta ball this weekend, with a whole lotta potential lottery talent, I don't think there is any doubt that Davis and Kidd-Gilchirst are the top two best prospects by an absolute landslide. I love Kidd-Gilchrist's overall feel for the game. He plays both ends of the floor hard, and once he gets the hitch out of his jumpshot, I feel like we're looking at a 20+ ppg player on the wing for a long time. Davis is going to be devastating on defense right away; his offensive tools, although they are already solid, will continue to mature over time. I don't think Barnes, PJ3, or Robinson have even close to the same upside that these 2 players have. Regarding Drummond, he's just not ready yet.
Top prospects:Davis and Drummond
Top skill levels right now: Davis andMKG/Barnes
Barnes has shown that he is a great shooter that is only effective with a pure point guard. Kidd Gilchrist has shown that he plays hard on both ends of the court, but he is not a great shooter yet. He might get there but that is the key word "might." I'm not saying I don't believe in him because I do, but if I am looking for a shooter I'd rather take someone that already has a great shot than someone that will have to develop it and may never develop it. I don't care if he needs a pure point guard to be effective. There are plenty of pure point guards in the NBA. Look at which team has the second pick right now according to record. The Wizards, they have a pure point guard-John Wall. Okay maybe that hasn't been determined yet because of the teammates he's had, but I'm sure that once he gets the right teammates, he will show his passing skills. He's shown some of them already, just not consistently. But that will come once he gets the right teammates, and Harrison Barnes would be one of those "right" players. (If he of course gets drafted by the Wizards)
I would never use the word "Great" to categorize Barnes' shooting ability. Great is reserved for guys like Ray Allen, Larry Bird, Steve Kerr, Craig Hodges, etc. Barnes is not in the same class.
Ray Allen, Bird, Kerr, Hodges, etc.. are 'elite' shooters.. Barnes is a great shooter. But he obviously can't handle the big game. He's not top 2 in this draft. Last years draft? Absolutely. I'll agree with the first post.. Davis is hands down number one. MKG is my number two.. has been for a few weeks, but his recent play, along with Barnes falling apart today helped his cause.
As far as UConnmonster stating Drummond is top two.. You need to get out of Connecticut once in a while. Drummond might be a top 3 in another draft class.. but not this year.
Great shooters don't shoot in the 70's from the stripe and don't have nearly as many off-shooting nites as Barnes does -- especially in big games
I forgot that Kerr and Hodges were all world in every game they played.. and leaned upon so heavily upon in big games. Easy.. he's a sophomore in college, who has always been known as a prospect whose been a great shooter. That doesn't just disappear. While I agree he's lacking in his 'big game' moments, that can't be attributed to any lack of him being a great shooter. Just look at this splits from different ranges. The kid can put the ball in the basket.
Depending on who gets the top two picks it probably should go Davis and Kidd
The way the season is going for the bobcats and wizards the top 2 should be
Davis #1- Charlotte
Kidd-Gilchrist #2 - Washington
Kemba Walker is gonna be throwing up a lot of lobs and MKG is going to murder anyone who's not giving it their all *cough* Andray Blatche
Davis and MKG/Drummond/T-Rob.. who knows, there's no clear 2nd best prospect in the draft for me.
And Barnes has got to be the most overrated player in this draft. With an isolation ability that can be shut down by Releford, he will be very fortunate to become the 3rd option on a semi-decent team in the league.
As much as I love MKG, I think it really comes down to who ends up with the top two picks; if I were the Wizards I'd take Barnes over MKG simply because they need a shooter at the 3, and as has been stated, John Wall is the perfect PG for him (outside of Rajon Rondo).
Bobcats might be tempted to take Barnes too given the hometown connection and their desperate need of a guy with elite scoring potential, given that they had an MKG-type player in Wallace and it didn't really get them very far. Barnes had some nice driving moves in this game too, was just lacking the finish a little bit, one of the problems Barnes has had in trying to penetrate is that opponents always pack the paint to stop Zeller/Henson dominating inside, so he's reduced to more of a shooting role at UNC. If he goes to a team which a stretch 4 (Raptors and Bargnani for example) he could really thrive with the extra space he'd have to drive.
I will say that Jones III showed me a lot in that second half, he got sick and tired of Kentucky swaggering about like they owned the place and really took it at Davis. If he gets drafted by a coach who will challenge him to be more aggressive then I don't see why he couldn't exceed Davis at the next level as their careers wear on.
Davis is obviously regarded as the top prospect, but I feel like the number 2 is wide open and depending on how the lottery shakes out and workouts/combine results it could be anybody.
#1 pick- Anthony Davis, him and Kemba will be amazing in the next 2 years
#2 pick- Harrison Barnes/Thomas Robinson- Harrison Barnes needs a point gaurd so it will be great pair with John Wall, but T-Robs stock is rising. The lost against Kansas brought Harrisons stock down going 5-14
Davis really impressed me yesterday with his toughness. He's easily the #1 pick. @MKG_AllDay, Charlotte has to get the #1 pick for him to play with Kemba.
As for #2, I'm not sure who I would take. No one really stands out. Barnes really shrunk in a big moment yesterday, and Thomas Robinson's size scares me a bit, though he played a good game. I'm not sure Kidd-Gilchrist is #2, but it's hard to find anyone else other than Robinson who you could take there.
This draft has a lot of potential in it, but there are definitely some huge flops potentially in this class as well.
I think MKG ends up far better than Wallace - this kid is destined to be a star and can be a top 2 player on a championship team. Davis is obviously #1. I have MKG 2, but see the arguements for the other 3 (Drummond, Barnes and Robinson) based on the situation. Hell, I think Beal is right there, as well.
It gets a little tricky when the word "prospect" is used. Although I agree Davis and MKG are the best players in the draft, I don't agree that MKG is a better prospect than Andre Drummond. If Drummond gets the right coaching and develops and mean streak he could be the next generation dominating center for years.