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Norway's Weiland analyzes 2nd pick

May 14, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Interesting basketball information from Norway grad Ed Weiland on

With Kentucky’s Anthony Davis the obvious No. 1 choice in the NBA draft, Weiland breaks down the second-pick possibilities.

“The 2012 draft looks like a one-player draft to me, that one player being Anthony Davis,” Weiland wrote. “There are plenty of intriguing players, but none who look like a worthy gamble with the second pick.”

Weiland, with much doubt, thinks some NBA teams may like Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the second pick.

“The thing that stands out with Gilchrist is the fact that nothing stands out,” wrote Weiland, who drives a FedEx truck in Bend, Ore., when not crunching basketball stats. “There is little in his numbers that suggest he’s a star.

“As a freshman he was something of a super-role player on the nation’s most talented team. But there is nothing about his statistics that suggest lottery pick, let alone the second overall draftee. He finished four on the team in scoring, didn’t lead in any statistical categories and put up ordinary offensive efficiency numbers.”

NBA teams would be wise to heed Ed Weiland. He’s the man who forecast NBA success for Jeremy Lin.



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