With this year’s draft right around the corner, we can only wonder what the future holds for these young college kids. We know some of the bigger guys like Blake Griffin and Hasheem Thabeet probably have some of the highest draft stock and can really be put into a role that could eliminate the team they are drafted by needs. Some others however are looking to take their international play to he next level by entering the draft. Two big names we see there are Ricky Rubio and Brandon Jennings.
Now for the first pick I see that no matter who gets it, more than likely that the Kings will have it, I see Blake Griffin going number one. With his height and his extreme athletic talent he is a good pick for any team, and would no doubt fit into the Kings’ system. The Kings coming off a rather morbid season can look to take Griffin to lighten their load a bit. He gives Kevin Martin a great option and will also be a great addition to hep out their last years draft pick in Jason Thompson. These two youngsters could work together and potentially give the Kings some well needed winning talent.
For Griffin’s teammate in Willie Warren, I think could fall a bit in the raft. Lately he has been giving scouts the look they didn’t expect and ultimately drop his stock to a mid-first rounder. He definitely has the NBA potential, but again he left college early which makes most believe he will be one who is affected by the jump from college to professional ball.
OK; for the second pick I see Rubio a great fit for a team like the Wizards or potentially Clippers. With his ball handling skills and talent by the bunch load in over sea play, Rubio has proven to many scouts that he is prepared to be a point guard in the NBA.
For the third I see Thabeet as a great fit for the Thunder. He is a very versatile big man and would fit in great with the young guns in guys like Westbrook and Jeff Green. Now if Durant could really step up into a veteran role and lead this team. They have the potential to be a great bid at a playoff shot next year, and Thabeet leaves them in a great position as far as the third pick goes.
Now for picks 5-10 petty much every team fits the need of a guard. You have teams like the Timberwolves and Bucks who really could use a point guard or a versatile shooting guard. Look for either one of them to take Rubio in a heart beat if he does fall in spots. Now here guys like Stephen Curry and Ty Lawson would be great fits. Both bringing their own style to any team, could potentially eliminate any team’s needs and hopefully bring them back into contention for a winning season and playoff push the now to near future.
Now you also gotta look at guys like Jordan Hill and James Harden. Hill is a great fit for any team in need of a big guy who brings power and yet some touch to the court. He would be great fit in the 3rd or Even 4th pick. I don’t see his stock dropping too much leading up to the big night. Now Harden on the other hand will definitely be a top ten or even top 5 if lucky draft pick.He might also be a good fit for the T-wolves or even the Grizzlies or Knicks who are also in need of a versatile guard.
Late in the first round look for Hansbough and Darren Collison to go. Collison would have been a top pick in years past, but declaring early probably wouldn’t of bee a good move for him either as far as veteran experience goes. Look for him to possibly take on a good leadership role into which ever organization is looking to play their cards on him. Hansbrough brings the all around player. Teams know his name and trust the fact that with his time at UNC under Roy Williams he has gained the tools he needs to succeed at the next level.
Look for other guys to go in the first round like Flynn and Blair. Both coming out of the same division and great competitors. Blair the aggressive big man and Flynn the soft spoken point guard both can be put into game roles that they can be trusted to take those big shots and succeed at the next level.
Now, of course, every draft has got to have a sleeper pick. Mine is definitely Eric Maynor out of VCU. Many question his temper and his habits which lead to his late first round position, however I think he has all the tolls he needs to succeed at the next level. Finishing his senior year with a tourney bid and leading his team in a great season, look for Maynor to display his skills on the next level and leave people stunned with what he can do for their team.