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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  40 responses

Weak Draft on the Way?

That’s the word on the street, it seems: “The draft lottery is May 19…and I’ve talked to several NBA executives and scouts who feel like this is going to be a very weak draft year. Some scouts actually don’t like to watch NCAA Tournament games because it can give you a false prospective of a players talent (especially considering the much weaker competition that player could face). Still, there is something to be said about coming up big in critical moments, so a Final Four performance carries some weight. But, again, the sense I’m getting is after the top 5, it’s pretty much a crap shoot. Teams might be looking to trade out of the first round to acquire players already in the league and others will prefer to collect second-rounders with the hopes a diamond emerges from the rough.”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Well……it may have Ricky Rubio in there, so, you know……

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    everybody knows this draft is weak. EVERYBODY. This draft might be the weakest in the past 20 years. I talked to Jemele Hill about it on facebook and I think we could only come up with 3 people that have a chance of getting to be an all star. Jennings, Griffin, Derozan.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Justin: That’s if Rubio don’t enter the draft, correct?

  • chris

    you guys dont think james harden will be an allstar?

  • Benoit Benjamin

    Tyler Hansbrough will be the new Eric Montross. How is that not star material?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    no Jukai, even if he does enter. the PG position’s best players are YOUNG. Rubio’s game may be solid, but it doesn’t lend to being voted in over all the YOUNG PG’s in the league already. I think Jennings can because he has better court vision than any PG I’ve seen in a LONG time, he also has VERY flashy handles, SUUUPER Hops, and he’s a lefty PG, so nobody knows how to guard him (nobody guards lefty’s very well), so he has a shot. Griffin has a shot just because, well IDK he has a shot. And everybody knows why I think Demar can be an allstar in this league

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    DUH.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    On a serious note, Jim Boeheim is pushing Flynn to enter the draft this year. With the lack of impact players in this draft, that may be a good decision for Flynn.

  • jer boi

    nooo flynn should stay..enter it next year..

  • Coach Master

    weak draft. Not much after lottery picks.

  • Gift2basketball

    It’s a iight draft..def doesn’t have the star power

  • thesubwayconnection

    As a ‘Cuse fan, I’d like to see Jonny stay. But I can definitely understand it if he jumps ship this year. It is a weak draft. I just don’t see him going in the first round.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Tyreke Evans is being slept on.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Boing, if anything, Evans is being overhyped.

  • kwame

    why is everyone getting so hype and blowing things out of proportion…because everyone was spoiled last year, they think this draft is like a crap shoot or the worst class in 20 years (i suppose everyone forgot about Draft class of 2000…it really isn’t…there are several guys with loads of potential…and possibly All star potential…Tyreke Evans, Demar Derozan, Blake Griffin, Jennings, James Harden (reminds me of Rip), Ricky Rubio…this doesn’t even tap into how many players can be solid/ role players in the nba like Dajuan blair or Tyler Hansborough or Steph Curry…c’mon ppl…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    kwame, i get where you’re coming from, I even know a few of these players and like them, but as a class overall this is weeeeeak. and the 2000 year was weak, but here’s the thing… the number one pick LOCK is Griffin. People dont even know if he can be an all star player. the number one pick for the 2000 class? Kenyon Martin- all star twice. And Tyreke Evans is basically Jamal Crawford with NO jumpshot.

  • niQ

    i don’t think the draft is that bad..

  • malanacream

    i really don’t think rubio is that good… He has a lot to prove…

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    If Rubio and Blake Griffin don’t declare this will be one of the weakest drafts ever but with them it’s like having Karl Malone and Walt Frazier/Pete Maravich in the same class, which cannot be that good

  • Boles

    I don’t see how people can question Blake Griffin’s all-star potential. He isn’t a lock to be a star, but he is a ridiculous athlete with good size for his position, its not like those things won’t translate to the NBA. I agree that after him there is not much all-star potential, but if enough guys declare early this year I think it could be a draft that produces hoards of solid NBA starters and rotation players.

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    If Rubio and Blake Griffin don’t declare this will be one of the weakest drafts ever but with them it’s like having Karl Malone and Walt Frazier/Pete Maravich in the same class, which cannot be that bad

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Peter Griffin’s in the draft?

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  • thesubwayconnection

    I like Rubio’s game, but he’s going to be unfairly judged whenever he comes over. It’s a different culture, a different game. He’ll be a solid PG whenever he comes, but not a star. I’d consider him to be a little bigger and more consistent Jason Williams when he comes. His flash is similar, but he gets it done. I’m not sure how the league’s different styles will effect his turnovers.

  • Quail

    Hansborough will get killed in the NBA. with as hard as he plays, he’ll be injured every game. Blake Griffin is rly the only player that sticks out in my mind when i think of this draft. If Ty Lawson decides to enter (which i doubt), he’ll pump up the hype a lil bit, but still not enough for this draft to be big.

  • http://www.myspace.com/linkstigatorkevin Kevin Wilson

    This might be a great opportunity for a not-so-great player to William Avery his way into some good guaranteed first-round dollars instead of risking it in a stronger draft a few years down the road.

  • mumadone

    it seems like this is what they say every year….

  • dubya816

    What’re you guys talking about? Give Blake Griffin a couple of years to develop some mid range and I bet he makes a HUGE splash. He seems to me like a lock for a future all star but even if not Deron Williams has never been an all star and He’s the best PG in the L behind CP3 and Chauncey.

  • nate the great

    i have a feeling the lottery in this draft will be killer. everyother round wont.
    but its kinda like this class is full of anthony randolphs. Nobody knows who they are, but suposivly they have a load of potential.

  • jarrett

    Walsh: how is evans overhyped? he had doubters in highschool bcuz he was #1 in his class as a sophmore, moved to about #5 as a senior behind kids he’s better than… then was the best plr on the court at mcd’s AA game (won MVP). If u look at the past mcd’s AA game MVP’s thats a great list. Not to mention winning freshman of the year honors at memphis… Hes always been the best plr out of everyone in his highschool class… HES AN ALLSTAR in the league

  • jarrett

    by the way t. evans = tmac meets lebron; with a spotty jay…. this draft class aint as bad as 2006 or as bad as 2000,and blake griffin is for sure more of a potential allstar coming from the #1 pick than andrew bogut and bargnani

  • Waylonakolipse

    Every year it’s the same thing. There’s going to be surprises in this draft. There may even be good UN-drafted players coming out, just look at Morrow.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    please stop the hate on blake griffin. this guy is a lock for 15 and 8-9 in his 1st year if he’s logging 30+ minutes. and he will be a 20-10 guy by his 2nd year.

  • Waylonakolipse

    I think Griffin will be better than Boozer. He’ll put up the same stats but he’ll get 1.5-2.5 blocks and he’ll get more steals. But he’ll have to get to 260-270 pounds to become durable in the NBA with his playing style.

  • Lumberjack

    Griffen? has had no challenge for 2 seasons until Oklahoma faced UNC, hes bullied every frontcourt in the country all season, in a sense hes unguardable at college level! but he has no jumpshot, shoots poorly from the freethrow line, I just dont see what he has to offer? He might be a surprise and be an Al Horford? or hes going to do a Darnell Jackson.
    Earl Clark is legit and will be Al Thornton the 2nd after All Star break next season!

  • nastierthanyou

    I am officially throwing my name in for this years draft. I think the league needs a battle tested 36 yr old rookie.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Blake Griffin = Young Tyler (remember when Tyler was dunking all over people fresham/sophmore year??)

  • funkymunky

    How come nobody is mentioning Terrence Williams as a potential all-star? He’s a freak athlete with great length and size, and he’s got a terrific feel for the game. If only he fixes that broke jumper of his, he’ll be legit.

  • funkymunky

    Oh, i can also see Teague developing into an all-star player should he declare for the draft this year. I’m not sold on him being a true point that will lead you deep into the playoffs yet, but he’ll get voted on some all-star teams because of his flashy style of play and his ability to score points in bunches. The kid is the next Steve Francis.

  • funkymunky

    I also agree with other posters who think this draft might not be a weak as some people might think it will be. Yeah, there’s no otherworldly talent like Lebron, but there’s a good chance alot of these guys will at least develop into solid contributors in the League.

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