From Chad Ford on ESPN's current Daily Dime
We all know draft prognostication isn't an exact science.
Exhibit A: Tayshaun Prince, who scored 29 points in an elimination game against the Heat on Wednesday.
Prior to the 2002 NBA Draft, NBA GMs and scouts had Prince ranked as a bubble first-rounder despite a stellar career at Kentucky.
Meanwhile, Duke's Mike Dunleavy was widely considered to be the No. 3 guy in the draft, behind only Yao Ming and Jay Williams.
Today, the Warriors would love to unload Dunleavy while Prince has become the Pistons' go-to guy.
Prince was longer, more athletic and a better defender. Dunleavy was considered a better shooter and passer but really was boosted by the fact that his dad was an NBA head coach.
In retrospect, it was a silly reason for Dunleavy to be drafted 20 spots ahead of Prince.
As I said, it's not an exact science
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Scoop Jackson is a wordy, poetic story-writer who could care less if he gets the facts right. He's a fictional writer; not a sports analyst.
But, still, nobody's as bad as Hollinger.
I agree - he manipulates numbers in a truly slippery way, and tried to singlehandedly muddy the MVP race with his arcane, inventive and largely superfluous stats.