Don't get me wrong, I think Craig Brackins is a talented scorer, a player with good size and athleticism, and I think is an NBA player. That being said, I think if he is drafted in the top 10 he is seriously going to disappoint some people. The guy puts up big numbers, thats for sure, I watched him put up 42 on Kansas last year, and as someone who watches a lot of Big 12 basketball i've seen him play over a hand full of times over the last couple years, but lets face it....He plays for a horrible team and has not help what so ever. He is the ONLY player on his team who averaged more than 10 points per game and more than 4 rebounds per game. This forum has had many posts over the past month or so about players putting up huge numbers for bad teams and how they effective they would be on a better team. The consensus by most of the posters on this site seems to be that those stat stuffers on bad teams are not bad players, but would be second or third options on other teams. Yet, Does this not apply at a collegiate level?? Brackins is favored to be a top ten pick on a lot of sites, and i think he isn't a top ten pick, but a top 20 pick. If he were playing for North Carolina, Kansas, or U-Conn last year i bet he would be averaging about 13-15 and be considered a 15-25 pick. I know he has a lot of talent, but Iowa State is going to be bad this year again, and I think his stock will fall. Craig Brackins should not be a top ten pick in my opinion, and I think teams will be kicking themselves if they take him over other forwards such as Al-Farouq Aminu, Greg Monroe, and even Patrick Patterson
What do you guys think?
Important as they seem. Even if Brackins played for a better team such as UConn he would still have his same skill set. He would still be a 6 10 combo forward with a knack to score and I think that is what the scouts will look at. If stats meant everything then there's no way jrue holiday should've been drafted.
I think Brackins is a lottery pick. I watch alot of Big 12 and Kansas State basketball and he shows alot of talent offensively and he has alot Shareef Abdul-Rahim in his game. I think the things that are holding him back (his strength and basketball IQ) are definitely things that can be improved upon with age. I honestly believe he shouldve entered the 09 draft. He wouldve gone in the top 10 and provided at least an offensive punch in someone's big man rotation if anything.
Guys all ive watched are some mixtapes from that he looks like he can be a combo forward in the NBA , or is he a PF?
I Think Brackins is a top 10 pick. He just needs to gain some wieght. He has a bunch of offensive moves and he also has some length to be a good defender
I agree with you Igudala9 i think he would have been drafted highly this year as well, dropping 42 on Kansas really put him on the map, but he did so mostly being guarded by freshman Marcus Morris, who is hardly a defensive presence. Like I said, and you guys said too, he can score the ball has good size and length, and I know thats what scouts look for, but at what point do you have too look at how weak his team is and how he is forced to shoulder the load. My point is, yes, he can do so which is a credit to his skill set, but because he can carry Iowa State to a 15 win season and a 4 conference wins while scoring a lot in the process, doesn't mean he should be drafted ahead of Greg Monroe, Aminu, and even Gawi and Patterson. Those guys would be putting up even bigger numbers in that situation. I'm just saying that the fact Iowa State is so bad, makes Brackins seem better than he really is. I see him as a 15-20 pick in next years draft, not a top 10
I have not seen him play much but from Highlights and watching what skills he does have, He should be a good player but you are right he may not be better than those other guys. I also thought he should have come out this past year as well. I do think it would have shook up the latter part of the lottery too.
I been saying for a while I think that kid is going to be a real high pick, his offensive game is too good to pass up.
Actually let me add to my past post. I must have been looking at so many draftee highlights that I did not fully grasp Craig's game that remind me a lot of Chris Bosh. If he has another good year and add some weight and strength, He has top 5 potential. He looks like he has the frame to do too.