2009 NBA Draft Thoughts Revisited

Back in ’09 I gave that thing called twitter a try. Here’s a review of some of my live draft tweets.

Griffin is the right pick at #1 but he will never be a superstar.He’ll be good but not the type of player you can build a franchise around.

A year ago I felt like a genius. Now I feel like a moron. Blake Griffin is already one of the most popular players in the game. If he develops a jumper he will be a superstar for years to come.

I think its time for Vitale to retire.

Still waiting for that retirement announcement.

Almost feel sorry for Griffin the Clips are probably the most poorly managed team in all of sports.

Still true thanks to Mr. Sterling.

Thabeet has great upside. The only question is will the big man’s body hold up.

I meant to say the only question is will  the big man every reach that potential?

I loved Harden in college but I’m not sure how he’ll translate to the NBA.

Mr. Harden is doing just fine in OKC.

Evans is an intriguing prospect. 5yrs down the road I think he’ll be one of the 5 best players from this draft.

Top 5? More like top 3.

Not sure about Rubio but it doesn’t hurt the Wolves to take him there. Gonna take him a few seasons to be an impact player.

Still waiting on Mr. Rubio. He’s also still take a few seasons away from being an impact player.

Rubio was probably a steal at 5. I didn’t think he’d last that long.

It’s still a littler early to judge. However I bet Minnesota would’ve tried trading this pick if they had to do it over again. Or draft Curry.

Flynn will start over Rubio. Not a bad selection but I’m surprised they didn’t go with Curry.

Flynn did start. And I’m still Surprised they didn’t take Curry with one of those picks.

I knew Don Nelson wouldn’t be able to pass on Curry. He’s a shooter with high IQ but he’s not much of a PG yet.

Ok. I’ll admit it. I didn’t foresee Curry putting up big numbers early on.

Jordan Hill is a skilled big man. Should be a solid contributor but probably won’t ever amount to anything more than a role player.

Spot on.

New York fans are too much. All the LeBron talk is an embarrassment. I don’t know how they can call themselves fans.

How’d that work out for you New York? You’re probably better off with a core of Amare and Melo anyways.

DeMar DeRozan has a ton of potential but don’t expect much out of him for at least 2 seasons.

Off by a year.

Brandon Jennings: Great Pick! Definite ROY candidate.

Spectacular Rookie Season. Solid but disappointing as a Soph. I still really like his upside.

Expect the number of Preps choosing Europe over College to increase drastically after Jennings has a big year.

Not so much. It’s too easy to go to school and not focus on academics for a year.

Terrance Williams is a solid player. Should have decent NBA career as a role player.

Up and down career so far.

Gerald Henderson isn’t your typical Dukie. I like this pick for the Bobcats. Should help them out immediately next season.

He had a decent 2nd year.

Hansbrough would fit in better on a good team but I think he’ll surprise the skeptics.

He opened a lot of eyes after his injury plagued rookie campaign.

Earl Clark is another solid player. Won’t be a star but could spend a lot of time in the league.

Depends on your definition of “long time”.

Not crazy about Daye. Obviously has a lot of potential don’t know if he’ll ever reach it.But I thought the same thing about Tayshaun Prince

Showed some improvement in during his 2nd season. Still a young developing player.

Vitale is a horrible analyst. Shoulda retired a long time ago.

Vitale rant #2.

James Johnson is an improvement over Noah

Decent player…but no not an improvement over Noah.

Jrue Holliday has a lot of upside but I think Lawson would have been the better pick

Holiday has looked pretty good so far. Lawson is older but I still think he is the better player. 5 years from now I may think differently.

Ty Lawson is a great pick but WTF? 3 PGs. T-Wolves are definitely workin on a trade.

Yes they were.

Lawson getting dealt to the Nuggets. Good pick up for the Nuggets if it happens.

Great pick up for Denver.

Don’t know about Teague. Very talented but he’s a 2 trapped in a PG’s body.

Big time performances in the playoffs. Still a man without a true position.

Well I’m out for the night. Will post a draft review tomorrow. Maynor is an excellent pick by Utah by the way.

And that was it. Apparently I was also too lazy(or possibly hungover) to post a review the next day.


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The Pub’s Mid-Seasonish Awards

It’s past the halfway point in college basketball. But now that there’s been a few weeks of conference games it’s time to give out The Pub’s Mid-Seasonish Awards.

MVP Blake Griffin, So., F, Oklahoma: No explanation needed here

Most Outstanding Player Luke Harangody, Jr., F, Notre Dame: The big man is averaging 24.8ppg and grabbing 13.1 boards per game for 19th ranked Fighting Irish. He tallied 24pts and 15 rebounds in Saturday’s loss to UConn. Despite the loss Harangody showed Thabeet that he’s the real deal.(Note: Griffin would take this award also but here at the pub MVP and MOP can’t be the same player)

Who? MOP: (Goes to the MOP who gets no media attention)Lester Hudson, Sr., G, Tennessee-Martin: Haven’t heard of him? Don’t worry few outside of the Ohio Valley Conference have. At 6’2″ 190lbs Hudson is averaging 27.3points and 7.4rebounds per game. I don’t care where you play, in D-I thats impressive. And he’s a very efficient scorer shooting 46.6% from the field . Consistency has been the key for Hudson as no team has been able to keep him under 20pts this season.

Most Outstanding Defender Jarvis Varnado, Jr., F/C, Mississippi St: Say defense and everyone immediately thinks Hasheem Thabeet. But at just 6’9″ Varnado swats 4.9shots per games. That’s a full 1.2blocks than 7’3″ Thabeet.

Most Outstanding Freshman Seth Curry, Fr., G, Liberty:20.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2apg, 1.8spg. It’s tough to go with a player from a small school here. But Curry’s stat line speaks for itself. The younger is actually off to a much fast start than Steph’s. It’s hard to beleive that the big schools overlooked this Curry too.

All-Pub 1st Team

  • G: Ty Lawson, Jr., North Carolina:  14.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4 stl, 3.74A/TO
  • G: Stephon Curry, Jr., Davidson: 29.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.4apg,2.9spg
  • F: Blake Griffin, So., Oklahoma: 22.2ppg, 13.8rpg, 1.4bpg , .622FG%
  • F: Ahmad Nivins, Sr., Saint Joseph’s, 20.4ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.1bpg, .677FG%
  • F: Luke Harangody,Jr., Notre Dame, 24.8ppg, 13.1rpg, 1bpg, .478FG%

All-Pub 2nd Team

  • G: Levance Fields, Sr., Pittsburgh:  10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, .8 stl, 3.82A/TO
  • G: Jodie Meeks, Jr., Kentucky: 26.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.5spg, .453 3pt%
  • F: Jordan Hill, Jr., Arrizona: 18.4ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.3bpg , .545FG%
  • F: Tyler Hansbrough, Sr., UNC, 22.7ppg, 7.9rpg, .525 FG%, 10.1 FTA/G
  • C: Hasheem Thabeet, Jr., UConn, 13.0ppg, 10.1rpg, 3.7bpg, .655FG%

All-Pub 3rd Team

  • G: Jeff Teague, So., Wake Forest:  21.5ppg, 3.9apg, 4.1rpg, 2.1 stl
  • G: James Harden, So., Arizona St.: 22ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.9spg .538 FG%
  • F: Kyle Singler, So., Duke: 16.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8spg , .2.9apg
  • F: DeJuan Blair, So., Pittsburgh, 14.6ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.9spg, .597FG%
  • F: Jon Brockman,Sr., Washington, 15.3ppg, 10.7rpg, 1spg, .522FG%

All-Freshman-Team

  • G: Seth Curry, Liberty:  20.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2apg, 1.8 stl
  • G: Mike Rosario, Rutgers: 17.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg
  • F: Luke Babbitt, Nevada: 15.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg
  • F: Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest, 12.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.5bpg, 2apg .543FG%
  • C: Greg Monroe, Georgetown, 13.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7bpg, 1.7spg, 2.7apg,  .572FG%
  • Apologies to Oklahoma’s Willie Warren and USC’s DeMar DeRozan. Probably the top contenders to take a spot on this list at the end of the season

Top Coach

Bruce Weber, Illinois: I’ve been a big critic of Weber in the past but he’s really proved that he’s a big time coach this year. He’s led the Illini to a record of 17-3 and no one can honestly say that they saw this coming. On paper this team looks like it should be struggling to stay above .500. But they’ve played well as a team and continue to amaze puzzled onlookers.

Biggest Surprises

The Big10: Despite losing the ACC/Big10 Challenge once again this conference is has played great and established itself as possibly the 3rd best conference this year.

The SEC: One ranked team? Thats it. C’mon a conference like the SEC shouldn’t have this bad of a year.