Everyone keeps saying how down this draft is. While there isn't much, if any, star power in this draft, a lot of these guys will still be rotation players. The draft must go on!
The Baylor Bears recruited the tall, lanky Isaiah Austin, who is described as "a guard in a forwards body". Sound familiar? For the third straight year, the Bears get a top recruit,, and they hope he will turn out better then Perry Jones and Quincy Miller. Austin is 7'1 and might still be growing, but he is painfully thin. He has a good jump shot and can handle the ball, and of course, with that height and wingspan, he can block shots. Will he be Kevin Garnett or Jonathan Bender? The Wolves can bring him along slowly and hopefully develop him, because the talent is there.
With Steven Adams sitting here the Thunder could go after him with the pick they got for James Harden. But this franchise had absolutely putrid luck drafting big men, going back to their Sonics days. Robert Swift, Sear Sene, Johan Petro, Byron Mullens and Cole Aldrich were all first round busts. They have two more on their roster right now with Hasheem Thabeet and Daniel Orton. So Oklahoma City goes with the most unique player in this class. Anderson has been described as Kendall Marshall in the body of a power forward, which is probably more of a diss then a compliment. Anderson has great ball handling and decision making abilities, and could be a point furward for the Thunder. One more guy who could handle the ball when Russell Westbrook is not in the game.
The Jazz are two deep at almost every position. What they don't have on the roster is a young point guard to develop. Young isn't exactly that. He is a combo guard who is more of a scorer then a distributor. I think he will be best in the NBA as a guy who can come off the bench and get you points. He is a heck of a scorer who had very good percentages as a freshman.
Adams is very young and still very much a project, but he has lottery size and talent and should go there if he declares after his freshman season in Pittsburgh. The Suns have a few good big men but none as athletic and talented as Adams. He will be buried on the depcth chart for a couple years, but could develop into a solid starter.
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