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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Pub’s Final Four Preview

Well it’s been a while but we’re back. Or at least I am. Dan has been busy with work and family so unfortunately his Conference reviews will not be finished. I would like to thank him for the great job he did with conferences he did manage to review.After 2 weeks without posting I’m to get back into the flow of things with this preview. Then later in the week I’ll post the Pub’s Final NCAA Awards as well as MLB previews. Enough small talk let’s get talking about the Final Four.

Game 1: (2)Michigan St. 30-6 VS (1)UConn 31-4

The Huskies have looked good so far. The tree inside Hasheem Thabeet has been the anchor for this team. I’ve got to admit that since the injury to Dyson I didn’t expect UConn to make it this far. Even without Dyson the Huskies look like they have what it takes to cut down the nets in Detroit.

On the other hand the Spartans have used great defense and all around toughness to make it to Detroit. I expected Louisville to win big but the Spartans just outplayed them. Kalin Lucas is playing beyond his years and Goran Suton has been playing great.

Prediction: Michigan St. pulls another upset 65-61:  I think UConn is a better team but I expect the Spartans pick up the W playing in their home state. At any rate a Tom Izzo vs. Jim Calhoun match-up is sure to be exciting.

Game 2: (1)North Carolina 32-4 vs (3) Villanova 30-7

Villanova pulled off the big victory over Pittsburgh Saturday. They’ve got great guard play and a solid post player in Dante Cunningham. The guy with the fancy suits, Jay Wright, has got to be feeling good about the Wildcats chances.

UNC has been UNC. They’ve cruised to victories with ease. Ty Lawson has been the best player in the tournament so far and everyone is contributing for the Heels. Plus that iffy defense everyone has been worried about has looked great so far. Depth+Defense+Tremendous 3pt shooting makes the Heels the favorites.

Prediction: UNC 92-80: The Heels just have too many weapons. They’re the only team in the Final 4 that can say they’re undefeated when playing at Ford Field and I expect the Heels depth will get the best of the Wildcats in this one.

Championship Prediction: UNC 85, Mich St. 74: The Heels rolled over the Suton-less Spartans in during their early season match-up in the Ford Field. Mich St. fans say hey we weren’t healthy but UNC also wasn’t 100% either. Having said that, when teams meet in April you can just forget about whatever happened in November or December. These are two completely different squads now. In my opinion the Heels have just too much firepower for the Spartans. Michigan St. will need a flawless performance to have a shot in this one. I expect Lawson to do his thing in this one but I think Hansbrough will finish his legendary collegiate career with a huge performance.

Shot of Jack v2.12

UNC too Much for Duke

Duke had no answer for #5

Duke had no answer for #5

UNC pulled off the big win last night @ Duke. That’s now 4 in a row at Cameron. In the 2nd half, the Heels proved how scary they are when they play a little defense. How about Ty Lawson? He literally took over that game. Barring injury he’s played himself into a can’t miss lottery pick  for the ’09 NBA Draft.

Oswalt Speaks his mind

Houston’s ace, Roy Oswalt has gone public blasting A-Rod.

“A-Rod’s numbers shouldn’t count for anything,” Oswalt said in a phone interview with MLB.com. “I feel like he cheated me out of the game.”

He then went on to say this.

“The ones that have come out and admitted it, and are proven guilty, [their numbers] should not count. I’ve been cheated out of the game,” Oswalt continued. “This is my ninth year, and I’ve done nothing to enhance my performance, other than work my butt off to get guys out. These guys [who took PEDs] have all the talent in the world. All-Star talent. And they put times two on it.”

I applaud the guy for saying something like this but it’s a little late. Like he said this is his 9th year. It’s easy to say things like that now. And for all we know he could just be worried that maybe his name is on that list. Yep, thats the sad state of baseball. We have to question everyone’s motives. I have  99% confidence that Osawalt has always been clean. That’s saying alot. With the exception of possibly Greg Maddux you can only have up 99% confidence that anyone is and has always been clean.

Columbia South Carolina Loves the Spotlight

Why the hell else would they be trying to prosecute Michael Phelps for that photo? They’ve arrested a couple people already and it seems all the questions coming from investigators is about Phelps. There is no case here and it doesn’t matter how many witnesses come forward or they coherse into testifying against him. A photo means nothing. There are TV shows that show real people doing real drugs. There are photos of all kinds of famous people doing all kinds of drugs and counties don’t try to string together cases against these people. There is no way, in the court of law that any prosecutor will be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Phelps did anything illegal. Especially with the high priced lawyers he’ll bring to the circus. I do not condone marijuana use. But I absolutely hate seeing government agencies waste, time, money and resources on things like this.

Quick Baseball Recap

Slugger Adam Dunn has agreed to 2yr, $20million deal with the Nationals

Rick Ankiel and the Cards avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 1yr $2.35 deal

Dan Uggla was awarded $5.35 after going to arbitration with the Marlins

Last but not least, rumors are swirling that the Mariners have stepped up negotiations with Ken Griffey Jr. Personally I think it’d be great to see Jr. retire where he had the majority of his success.

Duke vs. UNC Preview

Duke must take care of the ball

I’m sure your well aware of this already but #3 North Carolina (21-2, 7-2) heads down the road to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on #5 Duke (20-3,7-2) tonight. Both teams are currently tied for 1st in the ACC and as usual this should be a great game.

Spread: UNC -1.5

Probable Starters

Duke

  • G: Greg Paulus, Sr., 6’1″, 6.1ppg, 1.7apg
  • G: Jon Scheyer, Jr., 6’5″, 13ppg, 3.8rpg
  • F: Gerald Henderson, Jr., 6’4″, 15.2ppg, 5rpg
  • F: Kyle Singler, So., 6’8″, 15.8ppg, 8.2rpg
  • F: Lance Thomas, Jr., 6’8″, 5.5ppg, 3.2rpg

North Carolina

  • G: Ty Lawson, Jr.,5’11”, 15.3ppg, 6.6apg
  • G: Wayne Ellington, Jr., 6’4″, 15ppg, 4.5rpg
  • G: Danny Green, Sr., 6’6″, 13.5ppg, 4.5rpg
  • F: Tyler Hansbrough, Sr., 6’9″, 22.1ppg, 7.8rpg
  • C: Deon Thompson, Jr., 6’8″, 11.3ppg, 6.6rpg

What Duke Needs to do: Take care of the Ball and Rebound

Greg Paulus seems to have regained his stating spot over Nolan Smith. He’s proved to be a turnover machine at times so he’s going have to take of the ball if Duke wants to stay in this one. Whether it’s Paulus or Smith at the point , if they play well Duke will have a very good chance at winning this one as long as they keep the rebounding margin close.

What UNC Needs to do: Play a complete game.

In half court D they’ve got to close out on shooters and lock down guys. The steals will be there but what they do in the half-court on Offense and Defense is crucial. UNC should have a big advantage in the post with Hansbrough, Thompson and Davis so they should feed the ball inside as much as possible. In turn that’s going to open up the perimeter for Lawson, Green and Ellington. They don’t have to be lights out from the perimeter but they need to be efficient as a group from mid to long range.

Dan’s Prediction: 88-82 UNC

On paper there is no way Duke can match-up with the Heels but that doesn’t matter in these games. It’ll be close to the end with Henderson and Singler leading the charge for Duke but I see the hells pulling it out. Hansbrough will get his 20 & 10 but the difference makers for UNC will be Ty Lawson and a big game by Freshman Ed Davis off the bench. The UNC seniors should end their career with a 4-0 record in Durham.

Jack’s Prediction: I think Jack will be on here later to make his pick.

UNC’s Bench Gets Shorter

Roy Williams has announced that Sr. G/F Marcus Ginyard will seek a medical redshirt and not rejoin the team this year. Ginyard played in only three games this year after suffereing an ankle injury during the offseason. It was obvious that Ginyard nowhere near 100% during those games so this is probably the right choice. But I’ve said it time and time again, the Tarheels need Ginyard if they want to win the title.

As if things couldn’t get any  worse, Roy Williams suspended Soph. F Will Graves. As Roy said, he was dismissed for failing to “maintain the standards we expect of a Carolina basketball player.” Graves is a solid bench player and would’ve logged key minutes for the Heels.

They’ve already lost Tyler Zeller likely for the year. But now if he heals enough to return to action by the end of the year, you have to believe that the Heels may try to bring him back instead of seeking a redshirt. But in the end, I think it’ll be hard for Ole’ Roy to make Zeller lose a full year of eligibility for just a handful of games. Even if he could give them the necessary boost to reach Detroit. Because when a kid, especially a freshman misses that much time it’s hard to believe that he’ll be where he needs to physically and mentally to be a big contributor.

In positive Tarheel news, they won easily at home against Maryland last night 108-91. The game was actually more out of reach than the final score would indicate. Wayne Ellington scored 21 at the half and finished with a game high 34pts. The Heels shot 64% from 3pt land last night.

If UNC is knocking down the outside shot like that they will be near impossible to beat even with a shortbench.  But as we all know teams that live by the three die by the three. At this point and time I’ve got to say that UNC is no longer the favorites to win it all. They very well could pull it off. But its going to be tough. If they were still 11deep, they could survive an off night during the NCAA tourney. But now at only 8 deep, they’re going to have to put together 6 near perfect games to cut down the nets.

Who knows maybe this team will thrive at only 8deep. Because at times guys like Ellington and Green seem to struggle when they’re constantly rotated in and out like Roy likes to do. If one thing is for sure, it’s that Lawson, Ellington and Green are going to get the major minutes needed to prove whether or not they are legit NBA players.

One last thing, Hansbrough is a beast. I couldn’t write a 400+ word article about UNC without mentioning him.

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.