Thursday, June 18, 2009
We’re one week away from the 2009 NBA Draft. And in truth, the reality of the Draft is that we probably won’t be getting a player who’ll make a huge difference for our team. According to SI.com, one NBA Executive pronounced (referring to this Draft): "I'll just tell you this is the worst draft in decades. People are going to get excited about guys. But this is a terrible draft. Guys are going to screw up big time." He meant his peers. "A number of my colleagues are warming up to it, and I think they're making a big mistake."
With that in mind, let’s make a realistic prognostication of what these players could become…
Pyscho-T = Adam Keefe
Everyone needs an Adam Keefe! Isn’t there a strong resemblance here? Both players are hustlers, hard-workers, and true Jazz-caliber players. Psycho-T might be the better athlete and this might be a discouraging comparison… but remember, Keefe was a star at Stanford, drafted 9th overall, started many games for the Jazz and contributed to a title-contending team.
Ty Lawson = Ricky Green
“The fastest of them all!...” I still have a signed Ricky Green autograph from when I was a kid.
Terrence Williams = Blue Edwards
Blue was a fantastic athlete who couldn’t shoot well from the outside. Williams is similar… the best rebounding, passing, defending guard in the draft.
Austin Daye = Donyell Marshall
Donyell lived from the 3-line. He was a great shooter from the perimeter and caused mismatch problems. This would be the best case scenario for Daye.
Eric Maynor = Howard Eisley
Maynor’s a steady, efficient back-up point guard who can run a team effectively. Eisley was awesome for the Jazz in a back-up role. He tried to go off and become a starter in Dallas and New York, but he wasn’t quite good enough.
James Johnson & Sam Young = Ty Corbin
The Milkman was a physical small forward who couldn’t shoot from deep. Johnson can cause mismatch problems because he’s heftier and stronger than Coach Ty, while Young is more athletic.
Jeff Teague = Jay Humphries/Delaney Rudd Combo
Humphries was fast and athletic. Rudd was a fearless, crunch-time shooter. Teague has that moxy and athleticism.
BJ Mullens = Luther Wright
Let’s call a spade… a spade. Mullens will be a risky pick that may not produce. Luther Wright was a whale of a man and athlete… but he didn’t have it all together… “upstairs”.
My One More Week Prediction: Bring back Adam Keefe!... the new Adam Keefe, Psycho-T.