ReginaldLewis wrote:Ha, ha. I look pretty good running the floor too. But can he play basketball at an NBA level?
That's the big question. His pluses include being able to run with the smaller guys, agility for a 7-footer, blocking a ton of shots, and learning extremely well (and fast). The knocks on O'Bryant are that he's too skinny and his offense game isn't good enough yet. You be the judge. Right now, your guess is as good as anyone elses. If Patrick O'Bryant was a lock for the NBA level, he'd have never been demoted to D-League. He definately needed some time to brush up his skills... but, luckily, O'Bryant isn't one of those players (like Pietrus) whose comes into the league and never improves.
ReginaldLewis wrote:Look, this kid was not dominate in college. I never heard of him in high school. When Tyson Cjandler and Eddie Curry were making all the MacDonald all-american team, where was this 7'0" POB? I'm not sayin this kid is a bust, but I'm not about to give him the benefit of the doubt either.
It's true; O'Bryant didn't flash dominance until his final year in college. But, when he did, it was amazing. O'Bryant came back from a suspension (he accepted money from his job that he didn't work for, or something) and went on an 8-game tear, averaging something crazy like 20 PPG, 18 RPG, and 6 BPG. That's major league potential, if you ask me. Which brings me to...
ReginaldLewis wrote:Bill Parcells once said "Potential menas nothing". The Warriors can't afford potential. They need a good big man NOW. Potential has got us looking at the playoffs for the last 12 years.
Potential is also what landed us Monta Ellis in the 2nd round. Ike Diogu's potential pushed the deal through with Indiana (and now we've got Harrington and Jackson, instead of DunMurphy). Nobody else saw much potential in Andris Biedrins, but Mullin made him a 1st round pick and now he looks amazing.
It's true, you can't bank on potential... but when it comes together, it's sweet. Chris Mullin, thus far, has done a good job of drafting players with major potential who fill out, rather than busts (sans, perhaps, Pietrus).
ReginaldLewis wrote:By the way, was any other team interesed in POB at draft time? What was his pre-draft analysis by the experts?
Yes, O'Bryant was projected as a Top 10 lottery pick.
There were 3 coveted big men in the draft: LaMarcus Alderige, Tyrus Thomas, and Andrea Bargnani. They all went in the Top 5. After those three were picked, there was a giant gap between the next best big men... and it included Shelden Williams, Sene, and Patrick O'Bryant. As far as centers go, Patrick O'Bryant was rated higher than any other 5 in the draft, according to most experts.
ReginaldLewis wrote:It's embarassing to have a lottery pick that couldn't even make the roster. When was the last time that happened?
The D-League hasn't been around long enough to make a statement like that.
If D-League was around 5 years ago, Andris Biedrins, Mickael Pietrus, Monta Ellis, and Ike Diogu would all have found their way down there. Rookies without roles go to D-League now. It doesn't mean that they don't have any talent; its just a way to keep them developing.
Previously, a player couldn't be signed to an NBA team while playing in the D-League. Now, pro teams can send down their projects. This is a new thing (I believe, started in the past 2 seasons).