Posted on: June 25, 2009 8:34 pm

NBA Draft '09: Passing on Jennings trendy mistake

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.
Posted on: May 27, 2009 5:42 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2009 6:30 pm

The NBA: Where predictable happens?

Here in Detroit, just like every other sports city right now with a team still in the playoffs (but out of the economic pandemic, hopefully), we've gotten together to watch the Red Wings here in Hockeytown for games during the postseason.

I've found when talking to Ohio fans that when the tension between the two states is unleashed, hockey is immediately dismissed from the conversation. Why? Well maybe because Detroit dispatched Columbus recently, but that's not all of it. The Cavaliers are, or were, riding high; therefore, there's going to always be a reason to shove hockey under the rug.

This discussion is much greather than just the Detroit and Columbus, though, and I'm not talking about the things that happen to Michigan fans when they leave their cars at Ohio State games. Now with the Pistons barely treading water after being a force in the East for years, fans around these parts, and even national media were clammering about how the NBA Playoffs were predictable this year, and how exciting hockey is. Predictable ?

Now I'm not going to harp on the NHL. There still needs to be changes made, but the respective changes made to rules of the game greatly assisted the sport in its goal to become relevant again, and the style of play has made things exciting. But by the time you're reading this column, the Red Wings may win the series tonight in Detroit, setting up a rematch between Detroit and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wait, the NBA is predictable? No, these teams weren't the top seeds, but is this really unpredictable? In the playoffs, the cream often rises to the top. Detroit, the franchise of recent dynasties and defending Stanley Cup champion, and Pittsburgh, the team with arguably the most talented player in the league. In a rematch . But totally unpredictable, right?

Meanwhile, while it looked as if David Stern got his wish from Santa and the Lakers and Cavs were going to lock horns in the finals with the league's two biggest stars going head-to-head, things are about to get thrown upside down. In the West, it's anyone's game, and certainly Kobe may end up getting another ring. But Game 5 in the Eastern finals is going to turn out to be must see television. Tivo The Hills because this is going to be what to watch.

Here's hoping that the officials don't ruin this game, and we get to see what LeBron and this team is (or maybe isn't) made of. If King James misses the miracle shot to win the only victory of the season for Cleveland, we're already talking about how James choked against Orlando, how he carried this group of underachievers this far and how impressive it was. And we're probably going to be talking about that this weekend, anyhow. While it's not the league, or even many fans or my preferred ending, these Conference Finals are going to end up being anything but predictable.

Category: NBA
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