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Concerns with NBA draft hopefuls
June 28, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Norway grad Ed Weiland isn’t impressed with the NBA draft prospects.
“This is an incredibly difficult bunch to rank after the top pick,” Weiland reported on hoopsanalyst.com. “After (Kentucky’s Anthony) Davis every player has major concerns and isn’t a guy I’d want in the top 2-10 of most drafts.
“What this draft does have going for it is what I’ll call journeyman depth. There will be players available well into round two who look like they can become decent journeymen. That means the teams with the best chance to make a big score, other than the Hornets, are the teams with multiple picks after No. 10.
“The previous draft that this one best compares to is 1969. That one had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor at the time) at the top and not much after that. Draft picks like Bobby Dandridge, JoJo White, Norm Van Lier and Bingo Smith eventually emerged as solid NBA players as I expect a few drafted after Davis to.”
Weiland ranks Marquette’s Jae Crowder as the 14th-best player available in the draft. Michigan State’s Draymond Green stands 19th.
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