On the cusp of Ricky Rubio being picked, we're looking at one of the most talented passing-point guards of recent memory. We hear that a lot, but in watching what available footage of this guy there is, there doesn't seem to be a strong counter-argument to that statement.
The real news, however, is that Brandon Jennings is dropping faster than celebrities today. Why? Sure, his numbers weren't impressive, but we all know that numbers from Europe don't necessarily translate. Jennings was clearly the most talented to ever jump from high school to play in Europe, so how he produces in the NBA over the first several years of his career could be a trial run of sorts as to whether or not it pays off.
Regardless, you can't debate the fact that Jennings has all the talent in the world. Is he cocky, and still a bit inexperienced, well yes. But he has a solid jumper with a quick release, explosiveness, and good lateral movement and hands defensively. He doesn't deserve to fall out of the Top 10 prospects in this draft.
With that, here's my look at the Top 10:
1. Blake Griffin
2. Ricky Rubio
3. Jordan Hill
4. Hasheem Thabeet
5. Brandon Jennings
6. DeMar DeRozan
7. Stephen Curry
8. James Harden
9. Jonny Flynn
10. Earl Clark
I was a big fan of Harden early on last season, but I wonder about his ability to show up every night. I think he can be solid, but not spectacular, and when you're picking or projecting a guy that high, that's what you're expecting.
I think after Harden, though, the talent drops off.
Update: With DeRozan drafted 9th by the Toronto Raptors, I have Jennings, Clark, Evans, Holliday and Austin Daye as the five best players on the board. I feel like Evans is a system player who again, with the right team, can succeed in the NBA, but has come in a little overrated.
As a Pistons fan, who hold the 15th pick in the draft, I think I would be happy with Jennings, Clark, Evans or Daye.