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Olympic Preview: Part 2

Sat, 08/09/2008 - 2:25pm

Olympic Draft Prospects

For those looking for their NBA Draft fix this coming August, be sure to tune into the Olympics in the coming weeks. Though this year's tournament will be lacking in sheer quantity of international prospects, there is no shortage of quality. Projected lottery pick Ricky Rubio of Spain will be showcasing his fantastic skills on the worldwide stage, and Patty Mils will be whirring by defenders and cameramen alike for the Australian national team. For the host nation of China, Chen Jianhua will attempt to electrify the crowd with his speed and quickness. These are the top NBA prospects that will be in Beijing.

 
 


Ricky Rubio
 
Ricky Rubio (Spain, PG): 17 year-old wonderkid Ricky Rubio is the best NBA prospect this year in Beijing, and is one of the best NBA prospects in the world. At such a young age, Rubio is already considered by some to be among the best point guards in the ACB, and will continue to see more and more minutes as he matures. Standing at 6-3, the floppy haired Rubio reminds a lot of people of Pete Maravich, due to his uncanny dribbling ability, court vision and flare.

Like the late Maravich, Ricky doesn't possess eye-popping athleticism or speed. However, he makes up for it with tremendous court-sense, anticipation and basketball IQ. Rubio sees things on the court before they happen, and is able to instantaneously make smart decisions on the fly. His great anticipation also makes him a terror in passing lanes and he is able to fly out of nowhere to pick off passes. Though not overly quick, Rubio is very shifty and uses his advanced dribbling skills to get around opponents and into the lane.

Rubio is not a complete prospect, however. He does not elevate on his jumpshot and his three-pointer is not consistent enough to be considered as part of his arsenal. Furthermore, Rubio's lack of lateral quickness could make him a defensive liability in the NBA. And he needs to put some weight on. Nevertheless, Rubio is only 17, and has plenty of time to work on his weaknesses and develop his game. If he continues to succeed professionally in Europe, he could eventually catapult himself into the top five pick.

Patrick Mills
(Australia, PG): Patrick Mills, or Patty as he is called, is an Australian point-guard who currently plays NCAA ball for Saint Mary's College. During his freshman year at SMC, Mills was simply sensational, averaging 14.8 points, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game, helping to propel the Gaels to an NCAA Tournament bid. Before enrolling at SMC, Mills honed his skills while attending the world-famous Australian Institute of Sports for three years.

Patty excels in an up-tempo offense, where he can utilize his blinding speed to push the ball in the open court. Mills also demonstrates great elevation and form on his jumpshot, which extends beyond the three-point line. He is also an excellent distributor, and has a knack for getting into the lane and finding an open teammate. At 6-0, Mills is a bit undersized and he is unable to finish above the rim, which hurts his NBA stock. Also, he tends to rely on the three point shot too much and can make poor decisions in the half-court.

Still, Mills will be a sophomore and still has time to develop. If Mills continues to improve his game, he could be a first round pick by his junior or senior year. Mills should log some quality minutes of the Boomers bench, and is definitely a player to watch due to his explosive scoring, and tremendous speed in the open court.

Joe Ingles (Australia, SF): At 6-8, Joe Ingles has good size and projects to play on the wing in the NBA. The left hander has a smooth stroke from three, and moves fluidly on the court. Like his teammate Mills, Ingles has a solid set of fundaments that he acquired while attending the Australian Institute of Sports.

Joe has also been praised on his passing ability. He has good vision and a good understanding of the game, which allows him to pick out teammates and make smart decisions. Though he has nice form on his shot, he can be streaky. His ball handling is suspect, as is his ability to finish at the rim. Ingles is projected to be a second round prospect, and could see his name called if he is able to become more consistent from three.

Tim Ohlbrecht (Germany, PF/C): Olbrecht is a guy who has a lot of tools, but has not put it all together yet. Dubbed as the second coming of Dirk Nowitzki at a young age, Tim has largely disappointed scouts and coaches alike. Standing at seven feet, Tim has a long wingspan, good athleticism, and a strong 220 pound frame.

On paper, the guy looks like a highly promising NBA prospect. However, Ohlbrecht does not use those tools to his advantage. He shies away from the painted area and roams around the perimeter, jacking up three point shots. He has poor mechanics, and his perimeter shots rarely go in. He also has no floor game, and is sloppy when he puts the ball on the pine.
With such an outstanding frame, you would think Tim would be much more effective than he is. Ohlbrecht seems as if he will never realize his full potential, and has slipped to borderline NBA prospect at this point.

Chen Jianhua (China, PG): In China, Chen is known as the "Chinese AI" because of his quickness, ball handling and leaping ability. But, that is where the comparison stops. Though very quick, Chen struggles mightily against pressure, and tends to over-dribble into turnovers. Chen is also an undisciplined passer, making poor decisions and throwing the ball into traffic. This is especially obvious when he is in the half-court, where his quickness and speed are neutralized.

Chen is a potentially intriguing prospect due to his great quickness, but needs to improve in a multitude of areas if he is to get into the NBA. He will be backing up Liu Wei for Team China, and will need to play more in control if China is to advance to the medal rounds.

Hamed Hadadi (Iran, C): Iranian bigman Hamed Hadadi is, perhaps, the most intruiging NBA prospect other than Rubio. But at 23-years-old, the 7-foot-2, 254 pound Hadadi is too old for the draft.

Several sources have reported that he has received contract offers from NBA teams, and the belief is that he may sign with a team after the Olympics. Hadadi currently plays for Saba Battery Tehran in the Iranian Basketball Super League. Hadadi was one of the top players at the FIBA Asia Championship last year, where Iran beat Lebanon for the title. Hadadi rejected an offer from a top Serbian team in the past.



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Like the late Maravich,

Like the late Maravich, Ricky doesn't possess eye-popping athleticism or speed. However, he makes up for it with tremendous court-sense, anticipation and basketball IQ. Rubio sees things on the court before they happen, and is able to instantaneously make smart decisions on the fly. His great anticipation also makes him a terror in passing lanes and he is able to fly out of nowhere to pick off passes. Though not overly quick, Rubio is very shifty and uses his advanced dribbling skills to get around opponents and into the lane.

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Patrick Mills, or Patty as he is called, is an Australian point-guard who currently plays NCAA ball for Saint Mary's College.
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