Everyone, especially on a site like this, makes predictions for certain college (or high school) talent, wether you see a guy thats flying under the radar that you think will become great at the next level, but fail, or wether it was a guy that was projected high that you that would be the'next big thing', but ended up dominating in the pros
So, who were the prospects you've been wrong about?
I was huge on him in college and thought he would be an impact player in the NBA, something like a 16 and 8 Paul Millsap type, but he never panned out. I initially thought he just needed the right scenario, but injuries held him back, and he just never panned out. I was even looking forward to him going to New Orleans this year because they don't have a lot of depth behind David West, but he has sat on the bench with injuries and hasn't even seen the floor this year.
I think its safe to say I was wrong about Ike Diagu
Sebastian Telfair - Being the first athlete i've ever met, it was hard not to root for him...i thought he was gonna be legendary, like top 5 PG in the league, i thought he was the coolest player to ever pick up a basketball....but, that clearly didnt go well
Sheldon Williams - I thought this guy was gonna be a monster, didn't think he'd ever be much of a scorer, but i thought he'd average like 14 rebounds per game in the pros.....i was wrong on that one too
Now for some vice versa stories...
Paul Millsap - A 6'7-8 power forward? LOL..FAIL! Actually...nope, I dont think anyone saw this coming....I thought he'd always be one of those borderline d-league guys, that were lucky to even get drafted, so what if he led the NCAA in double doubles, I didnt see this one panning out in the pros, but I sure was wrong
Chris Douglas Roberts - Im a HUGE fan now, im not afraid to admit that i've jumped on the CDR bandwagon, but I thought Derrick Rose made him look good, I thought Derrick Rose basically gave him the opportunity...when he slid, I wasn't surprised, but now i am.....wrong again
He had the athleticsm and a deadly three point shot. Could not play D and basketball IQ did not improve. I was certain he was going to be like T Mac wrong.
Deandre Jordan, Center for LA Clippers, is a player I have no doubt about. I'm waiting for him to put the nail in the cynics.
stromile swift I thought this guy would do what amare is doing to people but he never figured it out also bill walker i thought boston got a major steal with him but he cant seem to stay healthy but its still early for him. 2 other guys were dajuan wagner and joe forte
does that mean I was right about Ike Diagu?
Another player I was really high on was Eddie Griffin what a tradgedy I thought he would be 15-18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks type talent. I hated to see how his life turned out
I was wrong about Jerome MOiso from UCLA. I thought he was the second best pro prospect I had ever seen at ucla behind only baron davis. He had everything except passion apparently. I was right about Gilbert Arenas. I said he was the best player coming out of the pac that year and he should have gone late lottery. He ended up going second round and making me look smart.
Keon clark i thought would turn out to be very nice, Also Darius miles with his height and athleticism, he was starting to put it together then his knee went the other way
Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Tony Allen and Javaris Crittenton were players that I thought would be much better than they are right now:
Telfair seemed like the perfect PG. He could handle the ball, he was quick, he was a good and flashy passer and he was a leader. He's just too small (which hurts him on D alot), and too poor a shooter to be a starter though. He's an excellent back-up currently though.
Gerald Green. I don't understand for the life of me why he isn't a star or at least an instant offense type. He's got good handles, a nice shooting stroke, and he's one of the most athletic players I've ever seen. He just doesn't even try to defend and he's got a low basketball IQ. And it's killing his whole career.
I expected Tony Allen to be a poor man's D.Wade after he came out of Oklahoma State. He was flashy and athletic, but he's never been a shooter and he's had some terrible injuries.
I thought Javaris Crittenton was going to be the next Steve Francis, but he came out of college too early and is too much of a SG right now, despite the fact that he insists on being a PG. Just switch positions dude!!
Spelled: Ike Diogu. Otherwise I know for a face I was wrong about Jennings, I'll admit it. I know for sure though tons of you if I may say [Egnoramouses] are wrong about Ed Davis. I don't even see THAT MUCH potential. He's ok, but no where near the NBA, unless, next year or senior year.
He's not really raw or anything IMO, but he's probably going to be a lotto pick. I think Ed Davis is a mid or late 1st rounder though. He doesn't seem like the impact player or starter that a lotto pick is expected to be.
i figured d.jordan would be who he is now. i acually thought bayless would get even less time and do worst then he's doing now so i was wrong about him
t.evans. i really thought he would struggle in the nba and just chuck shots but the team would lose
harold miner- i believed the hype and watched him in college and thought he would come in and do work
carlos boozer- i never liked duke and didnt think he'd be a allstar type player
dan gadzuric- like some of ya'll think deandre jordan would be a player thats what i thought about gadzuric and just like jordan all he could really do was dunk and make a blocked shot look spectacular
mike dunlevey- like i said not a duke fan but i used to watch him and think " wow this guy is gonna be a super star in the nba" hes been hurt and at his best he actually played very well but i expected him to be the next coming of larry legend
This one should be fun. I'm going to do this not off injuries (Demarr Johnson, Jonathan Bender, Eddie Griffin, Darius Miles, TJ Ford and etc.) Just on shear guys who I've followed throughout the years that flat out haven't made it for any reason other than Injury.
Andre Emmet SG/SF Texas Tech
Guy was a flat out athlete in college. he won a slam dunk contest and was coach by bobby knight. had all the tools to make it I just think he really never got a chance. Another story of a John Wallace to say the least.
Darius Washington Jr. PG Memphis
The best point guard prospect to come to Memphis before Derrick Rose. Was a better scorer, but could still hold his own right between passers. Tragic tale of coming out too early for his own good. Was the #3 rated point guard of his class behind Shaun Livingston and Sebastian Telfair.
Gerald Green SG/SF Gulf Shores Academy
I'm officially here to say any shot of Gerald Green becoming a big time NBA player are yes... sadly over. It sickens me on how good this guy was in HS. Serious game, decent shot, amazing athlete, 5 cent head. If you let your attitude take over you'll go nowhere. take a lesson kids.
Chris Taft PF Pittsburgh
Remember that big man at Pitt that went to School a few years back before Dejaun Blair. Yea that's right the guy in his class who was once ranked a lottery pick. Yea this guy. How he never made the NBA should be a show on unsolved mysteries.
Delonte West *as being a terrible NBA player*
I'll admit it I was not sold at all when the St Joes guard came into the NBA. I flat out did not like his game. He's proven himself worthy within Cleveland *He is better than Anthony Johnson.* Never will be a star, but I didn't give this guy the time of day either.
Theirs just a few for now maybe some more for later..
I wont lie
I thoughthe would be a good big man ala bynum
I thought Joe Alexander was going to be a high impact guy...Not a star but a very good player who impacted the game...His combime numbers were absolutely ridiculous if anyone has the link to that it would be much appreciated
That is his draftexpress profile, he had a great run in the NCAA tournament, I thought he would be pretty solid too
his 24 reps on bench was more than Blake Griffin and Luke Harangody with a vert higher than Budinger and the same as DeRozan, it's hard not to notice that
Alot of people already named a few of mine.
Maciej Lampe 7 foot "Dirk" from Poland. He was supposed to go high lottery but his buyout scared other teams. The Knicks scooped him up and he played sparingly for us then got traded. Another reason Monatas scares me.
Jay Williams. Obviously not his fault but the NBA could be very different right now if he never got hurt. Favorite college player of all time.
Drew Gooden was so hyped out of college.
Qyntel Woods looked like the next T-Mac. 6'8" 2 guard.
Kyle Lowry could get to the hoop at will and had a knack for finishing. I still think he could be good but cant seem to fit right anywhere. Playing decent for Houston but needs a real shot.
Oh and Jameer Nelson has completely surprised me. I didnt even think he'd still be in the league.
I though Dajuan Wagner who played for memphis was the next Iverson. I was 100% certain he was a star. Wrong. Where the hell is that kid?
Fizer was too good in college to do nothing in Pros....Also, how about Lavar Postell, I remember him starting a game for the knicks and scoring 20 points
I was wrong about Brook Lopez i thought he was to slow and he wasnt athletic enough to dominate at center i thought he would be a bust but hell suprise my ass he is dominating and looking like a bright spot for the pitiful nets. Brook Lopez is already a top 5 center and can be a all star for years to come.
Well, Marcus Fizer never really panned out.. He was a solid contributor off the bench at CHicago but after that, his career went downward spiral by a snap of a finger...
Tyson Chandler, I thought, was going to be Kevin Garnett with a better rounded skills but he turned out to be a piece of crap who looks like a pole doing nothing on a 5 on 5 basketball game... Chris Paul made him look good but after that...Uhhh... no comment...
Chris Taft could have had a Shawn Kemp-like career but he declared too early in the draft and was never really sought by any team now...
Gerald Green- This guy has the tools of an All-Star... I expected him to be the ultimate steal at 18 in the 2005 Draft but he has been disappointing... Most players now at his age would have blossomed much like T-Mac but Green just went pffffft... It sucks because I really like him as a player... I think he didn't expect the importance of having mental preparation in the NBA...
Lenny Cookie is the one who made me go what happened, he was suppose to set it off for the new generation of NY players but he didn't even get drafted.
Josh Smith also caught me off guard, didn't know he would be the player he is today, and for that matter D-Wade surpised me too because I thought he would just be a all star not the Mega star he is today.
Bosh - I didn't think he would able to hold his own with the big boys and become they player he is today. He was too skinny and not enogh of an athele in my eyes. Wrong about this one.
Gerad Green - Like someone else said, he was able to jump out of the sky and shoot the ball and had decent handles. What happen to this guy? That shows, you need more than just raw talent to stay in this league.
Tyreke Evans - Didn't think this guy had enough game to play the PG position in the pros. Though he was more of a SG than PG.
Brandon Jennings - I was so high on this guy. I really thought he was the best PG in this draft but then I'm a Cuse guy and bais to Flynn. I was really hoping that the Wolves draft Jennings if they didn't take Flynn but then we got Flynn anways so it's all good.
Raef LaFrentz, Joe Smith, Bo Kimble, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Ron Mercer, and Marvin Williams.
Marvin Williams- not that he's a bust but i thought hed be better at this stage of his career
Chris Paul- I thought Deron and Felton would end up better then him (I was wrong)
Joe Alexander- I thought he could be a very good small forward in the league
Carlos Boozer- (didnt think he could keep up with the NBA pace)
I thought Acie Law would be showing much more by now. I liked him in college. Now he's buried on my Bobcats.
Roy Hibbert: I thought he was a completely uncoordinated, non-athletic stiff who would be out of the league after his first contract. He has surprised me as a servicable NBA stater.
Chase Budinger: I thought he was fool's gold. He actually has terrible length for a guy his height. Plus, in the combine, he was a leaper ONLY with a running jump, not from a standstill position. I thought he was more of a "dunk contest" leaper than a "battling in the lane" leaper. Doesn't matter. He's showing that he has the skills to ball at this level with the Rockets.
Stephen Curry: The jury is still out on Steph, but he's shown more nice things than I expected him to. I honestly didn't think that he was gonna handle the PG position as a passer. I thought he was gonna be a Paxson/Kerr guy who has to play off of a 6'6" creating Wing superstar. He's showing more PG potential than I thought.
I have to gloat that I was dead on about Brook Lopez. The guy has a huge frame and length. It doesn't matter that he's slow and deliberate. The ball looks like a grapefruit next to his body. And he will only become more of a man-mountain with age. He had great stats against very tough bigman competition in the Pac-10. He nails his free throws, so all he has to do is force someone to foul him. The fact that my Bobcats idiotically passed on him haunts me almost every day.