The 2006 NBA Draft Buzz: Agree or Disagree?
I’m usually a dedicated Sports Illustrated fan, but I was not in accord with their recently posted 2006 NBA Draft Buzz. Wait, let me reword that – ‘I was not in accord with the scouts’ views on SI’s recently posted 2006 NBA Draft Buzz.
I’m certainly no expert in scouting, and I’m sure the experts are quite skilled at what they do, but I’m seeing what they are.
Comparing Redick’s game to Kobe Bryant’s could be a stretch, but to establish my point, I’m going to anyway. In the Lakers’ last game against the Pistons, Kobe scored 39 and went 12 for 28 in field goals. In Duke’s last game against Virginia, Redick scored 40 and went 11 for 13. The Lakers lost their game. Duke won their game. My point is this: Redick’s efficient scoring sets him way ahead of other prospects, and even other players in the NBA. (For Kobe, probably just in that example, but not overall.)
One other comment on the scouts’ early picks. Tyler Hansbrough is in no way ready for the NBA. He’s got talent and he plays with heart, but he’s a baby. He’s not even had a full year of college coaching and experience, and with Roy Williams guiding him, I think he’ll be so much better a couple years down the road. If Marvin Williams had stayed a little longer, I think he would have turned out to be a dominant pro player. Hansbrough may have what it takes in the long run, but he’s not ready yet.
The interesting thing about these prospects though, is that none are foreign or of high-school age. We’ll see if that changes, though. A name that has been mentioned is Andrea Bargnani of Italy – a 6’11” player who didn’t attend college. Keep a look out.
If you want to take a look at the SI article, go to http://premium.si.cnn.com/pr/subs2/siexclusive/2006/pr/subs/siexclusive/01/23/nba0130/index.html