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15 Underappreciated Prospects for the 2010 NBA Draft

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15 Underappreciated Prospects for the 2010 NBA Draft

Years after every draft..People look back at every draft and say how could Karl Malone last until the 13 pick or why did Boozer & Arenas go in the 2nd round? Well here are some guys in this year's draft..that years from now.. people might say they should've been drafted higher..

1.Hassan Whiteside-Marshall.Some might ask,how can a guy thats predicted to be a lottery pick be underrated? Well those David Robinson comparisions are premature..He does have excellent potential .Whiteside is only a freshman..And he has the talent to be a top 5 center in a few years.So why not grab him now if you're a team drafting with pick 2-10? I know i'm going to get some flack for saying this..But Whiteside is just a freshman.I'm thinking of the player he can become..I bet there are dozens of teams that wish that had drafted guys like Shawn Kemp & Al Jefferson when they had a chance

2.Paul George-Fresno St..Smooth athletic wing with 3 point ability and passing skills.Might be this year's Danny Granger..Good college player.That blossoms in the pros.

3.Solomon Alabi-Florida St.2010 Version of Mutumbo..Excellent shot blocker..Has a variety of hook shots and a few good post moves.runs the court well..Seems lost during some moments of the game.If he can remain focus for an entire game.He can be something special..

4.Gordon Hayward-Butler.Versatile 6'8 swingman..Outstanding playmaker..With great shooting skills and court vision.Scouts would love to see him become more aggressive on the court..Might be a little too unselfish.

5.Hamady Ndiaye-Rutgers.7 feet athletic speciman.Raw offensively.But runs the floor like deer and great shot blocker.Seems to really enjoy playing the game..

6.Dominique Jones...Combo guard with great offensive skills

7.Renaldo Sidney-Miss.St..Troubled but talented recruit..Must sit out the remainder of this season and the 1st 9 games of next season..And must repay $11,000 ..So it seems he signed with Mississippi State without ever playing a game for them..Extremely versatile skilled big man, with a feathery stroke.Some team will take a chance on him in the 2nd round..Might be a gamble take reaps big rewards in the future...If Sidney gets in better condition & become more dedicated..

8.Elliot Williams-Memphis.Has good defensive & offensive skills..with a good feel for the game..Nice player to pickup late 1st round or early 2nd round..

9.Art Parakhouski-Radford.Physical big man.With nice post moves..Are his season averages of 21 & 12 becuz of the weakness conference he plays in or is it becuz of his talent..

10.Terrico White.Can play either guard spots..Has a superb mid-range game

11.Devean Downey..5'9 Undersized scoring guard..Loves to attack the basket..Plays scrappy defense considering his lack of height..Quick hands & feet.Nice outside touch..

12.Jimmer Fredette-BYU.6'2 Eddie House clone..With outstanding shooting ability.. with developing point guard skills.Tough,well built..Has an excellent 1st step, allows him to get to the rim..Might have trouble guarding more athletic guards at the next level..

13.Luke Babbit..Crafty player..great rebounder ..Has decent post moves..

14.Trey Thompkins-6-10-Georgia..Big man that has post moves & hit the perimeter jumper..would be wise for him to stick around another year...Plays alot like Maureese Speights.

15.Malcolm Lee..6'5 underachieving point guard..Can create plays for himself and his teammates...


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"he has the talent to

"he has the talent to challenge Dwight Howard as the best center in the NBA in a few years. So why not grab him now if you're a team drafting with pick 2-5?" No he does not. There are fifty pounds of pure muscle that separate Howard from Whiteside. Howard closes off the middle. NBA players do not go into the paint because of his abilities. UTEP repeatedly went right at Whiteside without fear. Do not make that statement. It is wrong, it couldn't be any more wrong, and it ain't ever going to be right. How can you regard him as a better prospect than Ed Davis when UNC played Marshall and made Whiteside look like a mid-major freshman? On what planet is he a better prospect than Aldrich or Monroe? He isn't better than them now, and he doesn't have the upside of either of them.

"So why not grab him now if you're a team drafting with pick 2-5?" Because I don't see the value in a team with a top five pick declaring that they will want to be in the mix for the top pick in 2011.

Paul George and Danny Granger? Fresno State has multiple guys who are regarded as pro prospects, but can't even be a .500 team in the WAC. This is an indictment of the reality of these players. Granger carried a bad New Mexico team to the tournament. Granger has a real NBA body, not the lean frame of George.

How exactly is Gordon Hayward underrated? One site has him 26th another 27th. This site has him 28th in 2011. For a mid-major player with middling athleticism and a less than impressive track record against big conference opponents, I think that is probably closer to being too high than too low.

Solomon Alabi is a "version of Mutumbo" might be worse than your Howard-Whiteside statement. Alabi is nothing more than a big body who needs to spend another two years at Florida State to have any chance of having a long NBA career.

"season averages of 21 & 12 becuz of the weakness conference he plays in or is it becuz of his talent" imagine Goran Suton playing in the Big South. He would need to have a big showing in Portsmouth and workouts to be anything more than a possible second rounder.

How can you possibly think a 20-year old who has never played beyond high school like Renardo Sidney is an underrated prospect? Is it that great discipline and work ethic that has ballooned him to a reported 300 lbs. during the NCAA investigation?

Hamady Ndiaye is an "7 feet athletic speciman.Raw offensively.But runs the floor like deer and great shot blocker.Seems to really enjoy playing the game.." How is regarding him as possibly being a second round pick underrating him?

I can understand the underrated game if someone says that Trevor Booker is just as good as Patrick Patterson, but there is probably 20-30 pick separation in where they are projected. The same goes for Dwayne Collins and Gani Lawal. I think Jeremy Lin will get drafted, despite what the sites currently project, and think there is a pretty good chance that he can be a quality backup point. Jimmer Fredette is going to be better than Eddie House. He is still flying under the radar for a guy who doesn't have the athletic deficiencies some are projecting on him, is very capable of running the point at the next level, and unlike so many of these point guards is able to shoot from all over the gym. Ish Smith is going to benefit from the current wave of small quick points off the bench. The two deep sleepers for teams in the second round are Chris Kramer and Jerome Randle. Teams have seen Kramer play defense, but now that Hummel is out for the season he has the chance to show he isn't offensively deficient. Randle isn't getting hyped because of the overall ineptitude of the Pac 10, but a good run in the tournament could get him a return of those Jameer Nelson comparisons.

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im kinda lost wih a couple

im kinda lost wih a couple of things. people say the jimme kid can be this or that bbut hesputting upnumbers against the same and in most cases lower comp then whitside while being a jr compared to whiteside being a freshman. it may suprise some but hes not the first short guard to put up 20 a game in a midmajor conference like that.

Solomon Alabi is alot closer to thabeet then mutombo. hes still pretty raw but could potentially end up like hibbert

i dont get the sidney underrated thing since he hasnt played one game in college yet

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BothTeamsPlayedHard, i don't

BothTeamsPlayedHard, i don't think he was comparing whiteside to howard. He was saying based on their impact on the game they will be close.

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I agree with most of this,

I agree with most of this, especially about Paul George. He's going to be a very good scorer in the NBA, no questions about it. At the very least, he'll be a high-level shooter and transition player. At most he can be a Rudy Gay type of player. He's very underrated and if you watch him play you'd see the same things.

Hassan Whiteside has some good potential and nice offensive tools even though they're pretty raw, but I don't think he can challenge Dwight Howard as the best big man in the NBA. Ever. I wouldn't touch him in the top 5 either. Maybe late lotto though. He's too much of a risk in the top 5 and he's not ready for the physical part of the NBA. He's a good shot-blocker, but he's not real effective on the ball on D and can have trouble with guys that are long, even if they're not as quite as long as he is. He's a 2-year project probably, and even then he may not be more than a solid center. Did you watch the UTEP game, when he was repeatedly gone after by Caracter and their other big man? He's too weak to defend head on in the NBA.

Solomon Alabi will be a 2nd or 3rd center in the NBA. He's just not that good. He's tall, but he's stiff and won't provide anything but the occasional blocked shot in the NBA.

Gordon Hayward isn't that good to me. He's a decent college player, but he doesn't stand out at anything in particular. Especially against good teams. I was COMPLETELY unimpressed with him against Georgetown this season.

Jimmer Freddette has been shooting the ball out of his skull this season, but he's more Kyle McAlarney than Eddie House.

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I'm not anti-small

I'm not anti-small conference, I am a person who realizes that the numbers a 7'1 center can put up against 6'7 opposition aren't meaningful when looking forward as to how a player will translate to the NBA. The depth of quality guards are nowhere near as limited as the number of guards. It isn't even a fair comparison in that sense. Also, you cannot compare the competition. BYU has played Wake, TAMU, Nevada, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, UNLV, and New Mexico. He isn't a one year wonder. The only outlier for him has been the past couple games when he has been sick.

I'm also not saying that Fredette's numbers wouldn't be lessened if he played for Syracuse or Pitt, but that his value isn't created by pure numbers but his abilities. I do not see what he lacks that won't allow him to be a point guard in the NBA. His range extends out as far as anyone. He has the quickness and strength to get into the paint and finish. He isn't going to be like Kemba Walker or Ish Smith in how he gets to the hoop, but he has the strength to get into the middle and take the bumps while still maintaining balance to either finish or pass. His basketball IQ is as high as any of the points in this draft. I do not see how what he has to offer an NBA team would have him land in the 2nd, and think that is a big reason why he is as likely as anyone to make a big run up draft boards during the tournament. First of all, BYU is good enough to make a deep run so that will give him more opportunities to be seen. They aren't like so many mid-majors that don't have the size to compete with a good ACC, Big East, or Big 12 team. Second, this will be his third time in the tournament. He isn't likely to have the stage fright. He is used to playing major conference teams with a week to game plan against him, and it isn't as if he hasn't come through in those spots before.

One more thing, both Fredette and Whiteside are going to be 21 years old at the time of the draft. It isn't like Whiteside was the kind of underaged freshman like Monroe (or Favors for that matter) who was/is the youngest player on the floor every time he played as a freshman.

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the I in win, the impact

the I in win, the impact comes from the talent and size. If Dwight Howard was 220 lbs, he wouldn't be the presence that he is defensively. How often does Howard go up for a rebound and everyone around him scatters? Guys pick their battles for when they want to go at him. When Brook Lopez is guarded by Howard, he becomes a mid-range jump shooter. Nobody is going to be afraid to go right at a 220 lbs center in the NBA. They aren't going to be at all similar in terms of talent or impact.

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wake has shown to be ok.

wake has shown to be ok. arizona isnt that good in a bad conference this year. nebraska also isnt that good and unlv is so so. like i said before there have been a good number guards in mid majors who have done what this guy has done at 20ppg in the past. there was a guard out of byu recently who did the same thing. his name escapes me right now though. jimmie should have anice career overseas, where he is headed

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Quincey, your probably

Quincey, your probably talking about Lee Cummard who graduated last year. He shot a crazy 3 point percentage just like Freddette did back in 2007-2008, but he was too weak and too bad at everything besides shooting to play NBA ball.

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You must have no idea what

You must have no idea what you are talking about. Very few of those people could be underrated.
Hassan Whiteside-Yes he is good, and he does have potential, but to pick him with a top5 pick would seriuosly hurt that team more then help them. The only team that he could help with a top 5 pick are the the Jazz because they have the Knicks pick(and lets face it the Knicks are horrible.) That team also has enough talent to balance out his raw offensive ability. And they have a great floor general and leader in Deron Williams. He would be a great pick for the late lottery but not the top 5. Those teams need immediate help, not a project who has the potential to become a GOOD CENTER. Not challenge Dwight Howard for best center ever.
Paul George-Now that one I actually agree with, although I would like to see him play come tournament time to see if he really is that good.
Elliot Williams-Defensive demon with a good feel for the game. PLEASE, all I see is offensive talent, not defense. He is very small(only 6'3, I think) and has a thin frame, so I doubt he will be able to guard other shooting guards, and he can't really pass that well either so I would not put him at the point either.
Jimmer Freddete-He is a eddie house clone, but he is not underrated. House is not even underrated himself. and Iggy who is Kyle McAlarney?
I won't comment on the others because I don't know enough about them to actually assess their game, and whether or not they are underrated.
Additional Add in= Kyle Singler (Duke) He can shoot very well, has an excellent feel for the game, and he plays good defense. I hope he declares this year, if so I still think a team would benefit by taking a chance on him in the late first round. Comparison, Mike Dunleavy or Mike Miller but more defense.

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Kyle McAlarney is the

Kyle McAlarney is the shooter that played for Notre Dame last season.

And Kyle Singler reminds you of Mike Miller or Mike Dunleavy??

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i actually think the jazz is

i actually think the jazz is the least likelyto be helped by him. most teams that are playoff teams are least helped by a rookie. whiteside would struggle to get much run in front of fesenko,millsap,okur, and ak on top of how coach sloan isnt know to play raw rookies alot

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i cant see singler like any

i cant see singler like any of those guys because both were much better. he reminds me of a better luke walton though

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They played Wake when they

They played Wake when they had Teague and Johnson, not this year. Also, Cummard was a completely different situation. They just happen to both have played for BYU. Cummard was a wing who was a twig, and his value was solely as a shooter. Physically, you cannot compare one with the other.

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Maybe Mike Dunleavy when he

Maybe Mike Dunleavy when he played for Golden State. That's how good I think he can be. Not the near 20 ppg Dunleavy of a few years back.

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jimme=europe. i think ive

jimme=europe. i think ive seen a couple guys play against good teams and have good games and end up in europe and jimme will be joining them

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Neither Jeff Teague or James

Neither Jeff Teague or James Johnson can be considered good defenders though. Especially Teague. He's never been a very good defender at all.

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isnt there anybody else in

isnt there anybody else in the world that players like kyle singler,gordan hayward, or robbie hummel remind people of besides miller/dunleavy thats like the universal comparison

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isnt there anybody else in

isnt there anybody else in the world that players like kyle singler,gordan hayward, or robbie hummel remind people of besides miller/dunleavy thats like the universal comparison

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