The NBA Draft of 2010 has now officially come to a close.  All of the speculation of where these amateur athletes would land is now over.  The speculation of how good these players will be can now begin.  Overall I thought the draft was full of intriguing players.  It seemed like there was some talent available, but we all are generally unsure of how these players will translate to the NBA.  This year’s draft didn’t see a senior selected until the twenty third pick.  This was first time this happened since the NBA implemented the lottery system in 1985. 

Every year more and more underclassmen are entering into the draft.  With the bulk of prospects only being in college for a year or two this doesn’t give scouts a lot of information to appropriately determine how well these players will transition to the professional game.

In this unpredictable draft there were three players in that really stood out to me. Each of these players’ talents and attributes affected me in a different way.  And they are….

Boom = Greg Monroe

I could’ve easily picked John Wall as the player I think that could be the best in this draft class but how boring is that?  That’s like picking the Lakers to win the title again next year.  There is no risk involve in that selection.  So I will stick my neck out there a little bit with Monroe.  I am confident that he will have the most successful NBA career out of anyone in this year’s draft.  What I like best about Monroe is that scouts say that he is the most NBA ready player out of anyone of his peers.  I like the sound of this along with his measurables and his attributes. He is a 6-11, 240 pound true power forward.  He already possesses a decent offensive game that includes the ability to put his back to the basket and also the ability to face up his defender.  He is also a willing and good passer that average almost four assists a game, a strong rebounder, and he shows the ability to be able to defend by averaging one and a half blocks per game.  At Georgetown they ran a Princeton style offense which required the forwards and centers to handle the ball at the top of the key.  This style of offense definitely helped Monroe developed into a solid basketball player.  I am confident that once Monroe adjusts to the NBA game and adds some bulk he will be the best player of this draft class.

Cole Aldrich, Greg Ostertag, and Nick Collison All Went To Kansas. Not A Great History of Big Men.

Bust = Cole Aldrich

Cole Aldrich actually had a decent career at Kansas.  He was a good rebounder and a decent shot blocker.  It’s nothing personal against Aldrich honestly because I actually like the guy, but unfortunately I see him as nothing more than a journey man in the NBA.  If Aldrich was drafted in the second round then I would’ve never said nothing negative about him, but when a player is drafted in the first round he is automatically subjected to expectations.  A first round selection is considered a top thirty prospect and is oftentimes a team’s first selection.  When I think of a first round selection, I am envisioning a future starter for an NBA team.  Aldrich is just another run of the mill big man that will always be a role player.  I understand that he defends well and he blocks shots. That’s fine.  What about his offensive game? It’s very limited.  Aldrich possesses an elementary post game with a simple jump hook over both shoulders and he has very little face up skills. This past season he tried to develop a jumper with mediocre results.  His jump shot makes Shawn Marion’s look decent. It was very awkward, flat, and inconsistent.   Aldrich needs a lot of work for a supposed lottery pick and he only averaged about eleven points in his last year.  Sure Aldrich can prove me wrong and develop into a nice player, but he is a high risk project for an eleventh overall pick.  Besides it doesn’t help that with his buzz cut he reminds me of  another Kansas alum Greg Ostertag. He was just another example of a big man that was a journey man in the NBA.   

Huh? = Daniel Orton

Orton was the fifth Kentucky Wildcat taken in the first round.  He was probably the most interesting Wildcat as well.  In is only year at Kentucky he averaged just thirteen minutes and three points at the center position. 

The Orlando Magic selected him late in the first round so it isn’t like he is needed to be an impact player right away but still he is a first round selection? He barely played in his freshman year so that means that most of his highlights would be from high school.  Scouts have to judge his talents based off what he did against sixteen year olds?  Scouts also have to include his height and his potential.  If you have read my past blogs you would know how much I dislike the word potential.  There is just not enough information on this guy that allows him to be a first round selection.  If I were a general manger I would even question selecting him in the second round.  It’s just another example on how big men are viewed in the NBA.  Big men are constantly given so many chances when honestly most of the time they don’t deserve it.  If this was a shooting guard or point guard I would be talking about the mistake this guy made in leaving early and NOT getting drafted.


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