Giving out grades for a draft within days of the draft always seems a little silly, yet we eat it up and get mad at what our team gets. We have now had a few days to digest the picks and some picks make more sense over time, some bring up the question, “Player X couldn’t dominate at “Name Your College” how will he be able to start in the NBA?” or “Player X couldn’t create his own shot in college, how will he in the NBA?”. I will attempt to throw out a few guys that I think can be studs, and then a few duds.
To me a stud is one of the stars of a draft or a guy who produces far above where he was drafted. So much of what makes a guy a potential stud is where he goes. When one player can go to a team that has some pieces, that player doesn’t have to carry the load, this can work for and against some players but most players would be better off in a situation where they can get quality minutes but are not the primary focus the majority of the time.
1. John Wall – I know I am not going out on a limb here by putting the first pick in the stud list but the game has been tailored to point guards and Wall is an athletic point guard who should not have any troubles with the pace of the NBA game. Wall will still need to work on his shot but in the transition game alone his impact will be felt as a rookie on both ends of the floor.
2. DeMarcus Cousins – Cousins size and ability is so rare I am hoping he does live up to it. Cousins could have been on either list depending on where he went. I think it will help him to be with Tyreke Evans, another young stud. The two could quickly realize that if they can live up to both players expectations the Kings will be contenders very shortly. Now if Cousins were in the New Jersey/New York area I could see him getting into some trouble, or if he were in Minnesota I could see him getting bored without another young star.
3. Avery Bradley – I like Bradley and he went to a perfect situation. There will be times when both he and Rondo are on the floor causing havoc defensively and Bradley can really run and shoot in transition. If Bradley had to go somewhere to be the starting point guard I think he would struggle at this point. Now he will only occasionally have to run the point, and some of that time will be when Rondo is also on the floor. Good pick, good fit.
4. James Anderson – Anderson was a player I was unsure about coming out. I have watched games of him at Oklahoma State where he would light it up, then I saw a very selfish performance in the Big 12 tournament against Baylor. I was concerned he really only cared about himself and that he would not be someone I would want on my team. But he can shoot and get his own shot. Then Anderson gets drafted by San Antonio, they get it and they will make sure Anderson gets it.
Other Potential Studs: Derrick Favors, Pattrick Patterson, Jordan Crawford.
A draft dud does not have to be a complete bust, it can be someone that plays quality minutes but their impact is much lower than people think it will be. A dud can also be a bust who is out of the league in five years.
1. Evan Turner – Turner will play minutes and maybe even play well but in this draft the two players drafted in the three picks after him are better prospects and that will hurt Turner. I also have issues with Turner’s attitude in a lot of games this past year at Ohio State, his constant grumbling at the refs for calls rubbed me the wrong way, that aspect will fit right in with the NBA but rookies do not get calls. Turner will be good, not great. A starter but not an all star.
2. Wesley Johnson – Should not have been drafted ahead of Cousins. Johnson has peaked and his peak was only a really good college player. Where was Johnson in the Butler loss? A star takes over, Butler should not have had anybody that can deny a wing player that gets drafted in the top 4.
3. Paul George – He did not dominate at Fresno. Climbed up draft boards after workouts. Plays the same position as the Pacers best player Danny Granger. Not sure why Xavier Henry was not the pick here.
4. Ed Davis – I feel like Davis was left in the lottery by default because he had been ranked as a top 10 prospect all year. He got hurt this year at North Carolina but it was not like he was having a huge impact before the injury, the team sucked before he got injured and they sucked after.
Other Potential Duds: Ekpe Udoh, Greg Monroe, Al-Farouq Aminu.
Those are my initial studs and dud from the 2010 NBA Draft.
Bucks Pick Stud or Dud?
The consensus around the Internet on the Bucks was basically,
The Bucks needed to get longer and more athletic in the middle, Larry Sanders can give them that, we just don’t know if Sanders can play.
Larry Sanders does not have enough expectations to be a dud, but does have a chance to be a stud simply by making any impact.