The Grand National Championships

May 29, 2008

The Jamario Moon All-Stars

Now here’s a thing I like about the NBA. You have the guys who are all potential who never ever put it all together (if you’re a LSU Power Forward, you fall into this category). But then there are the scrappy dudes who get everything out of their talent, or are late bloomers, or have marketable skills but real weaknesses. These dudes are awesome. These are the dudes you need to know about.


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I’m going to give you a rotation of seven players who, while they may not be sensations on draft day, they do sincerely have a future in the league. You may not see the next David Robinson up in this bitch. But you may yet find the next David Wesley.


MIKE GREEN (PG-BUTLER)

Why he could get passed up? His athleticism and perimiter shooting. They are not good.
Why is he worth your time anyway? Because Mike Green is a captain of the intangible industry. He makes his teammates better, and he’s an excellent floor general. He defends well and makes smart decisions at the one. He’s Steve Blake people!


CHRIS LOFTON (SG-TENNESSEE)

Why could he be passed up? He’s a tweener. He’s got all the wrong parts of the combo guard! Also, he had cancer and tried to play through it, thus his stats suffered. What an asshole.
Why is he still worth your time? If he learns shot selection, he is instant offense. The jello of the NBA is someone who can create their own shot. There’s always room for it.


LEE CUMMARD (SF-BYU)

Why he will be passed up? The stupidest last name. CUMMARD? MORE LIKE CUM-TARD AMIRITE? GET IT!?!?
Why is he still worth your time?
He’s a white gunner. Some team’s going to claim him.


MAARTY LEUNEN (PF-OREGON)

Why he could be passed up? Because right now? He’s just useless inside of 10 feet. He cannot take it to the hole. A physical power forward can destroy him.
Why is he still worth your time? It doesn’t say that Leunen doesn’t effort on defense. Also from the mid-block and out, his shooting touch is very silky smooth. Also, a good passer and rebounder. It’s just that his weaknesses are glaring.

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ALEKS MARIC (C-NEBRASKA)

Why will he be passed up? He’s downright gawky when he doesn’t have the ball in his hands. He gives good effort, but he’s not exactly Michael McDonald when he’s on D either.
Why is he still worth your time? He’s a low-post scoring threat. He’s got good skills inside of 10 feet, and he did show the Kansas State frontcourt what for in their two meetings. He has a home in Austrailia, but he could be an intriguing back-up. 


MARK TYNDALE (SG/SF-TEMPLE)

Why will he be passed on? He’s a tweener. Undersized at the defensive end. And his shot is questionable, even if he can get it off. Also? He could stand to take care of the ball better. 
Why is he worth your time? His defense is impeccable. Even if he’s 6’5″, he can use his athleticism to harass and shut people down. He has some point forward skills. And he was able to convert a decent amount of the time with his ugly ass J. If Isiah was here? He’d be a first round pick.  


FRANK ELEGAR (PF/C-DREXEL)

Why will he be passed up? While the CAA does have regard in the college basketball school, it’s still a mid-major. And while he’s improved from his junior to his senior year, the Elegar is still raw, especially on the offensive end.
Why is he still worth your time? Because the kid is all upside. A 7’4″ wingspan. And he uses all of it to be nasty on the hustle aspects of defense. His offensive game is nascent, but improving. He’s tailor made for the D-League. The duels with Ian Mahinmi will be classic.

Odds are? One, maybe two of these guys will be truly impactful in the NBA. But the fact of the matter? These are the underdogs. These are the kids you need to root for.

Beasley? Rose? They’re not what you need to worry about.

Give me sleepers or give me death.

Drew!

10 Comments »

  1. [...] The truly rough diamonds in the NBA Draft.  Don’t try to set these anytime soon. [...]

    Pingback by Tuffy’s Refrigerator Logic » Blog Archive » Ice Machine - Chillin’ — May 30, 2008 @ 12:01 pm |Reply

  2. George Hill, SG, IUPUI *JR*…lead team in most statistical categories and shot over 50% from the floor, which is great for a shooting guard. Can also handle the point solidly.

    Comment by The GM — May 30, 2008 @ 1:00 pm |Reply

  3. I’ll throw another one out there for you: Reggie Williams (SF-Virginia Military Institute)

    Why will he be passed up? He’s 6′ 5″ and lacks the speed/athleticism to cover most NBA 2-Guards. He also played against poorer competition and in a gimmicky uptempo offensive system.

    Why is he still worth your time? He’s got basketball smarts and he’s crafty; he’s like the rich man’s Adrian Griffin. He led the nation in scoring for the past two years, averaged double-figure boards, and had a fair share of picks as well. Maybe not a regular NBA contributor, but could be an interesting bench guy for the right team. Or he’ll just end up being the guy who does the little things on some D-League team.

    Comment by joshlos — May 30, 2008 @ 1:38 pm |Reply

  4. This blog blows serious balls

    Comment by Anounymous — May 30, 2008 @ 1:38 pm |Reply

  5. As for George Hill? There’s something to him being a potential Jamario Moon. If he can be a scoring 1 instead of a Tweener, he has a real NBA future.

    Reggie Williams? He’s got an Adam Emmenecker style orthodoxy to his game, he’s going to need some coaching staff to fall in love with him to have him stick.

    And as for the Mystery Tribune Man? Are you mad because I hate your Fukudome T-shirt?

    Comment by Andrew — May 30, 2008 @ 3:56 pm |Reply

  6. No Zach Feinstein?

    Comment by howdoyouspellretard — May 30, 2008 @ 4:50 pm |Reply

  7. After watching Tennessee intently the last 3 years, it is JaJuan Smith, not Chris Lofton, that has the best chance of making an impact in the NBA. While Lofton is a truly lethal shooter when healthy, Smith is just about as good. He’s a clearly superior athlete and arguably played the best defense of any guard in the SEC. His glaring weakness is his ball handling, but he will absolutely make it in the NBA if he can improve in this area. Right now, Lofton is lacking in both athleticism and defense if he wants to compete at the NBA level. I wish them both the best.

    Comment by Luke — May 30, 2008 @ 5:27 pm |Reply

  8. Mr. Zach Feinstein missed the cut. I’m jealous that he actually made the commitment to the draft.

    Comment by Andrew — May 30, 2008 @ 6:31 pm |Reply

  9. Now I’m not going to say I know more about the Vols than you, Luke. But I did watch them, and the big difference between Lofton and Smith is in the ability to create their own shot. Smith may yet be a better pro, but right now Lofton has the more interesting skill set.

    Comment by Andrew — May 30, 2008 @ 6:37 pm |Reply

  10. Kudos from one braniac to another. :)

    Comment by Lucrecia Panama — February 4, 2010 @ 12:39 am |Reply


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