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« on: May 24, 2018, 11:49:42 AM »

Was chatting with some Kings fans in the US and one of them made a very good point that I thought could be a good discussion point.  This has been centered around the discussion that Doncic is not considered athletic enough to play in the NBA. 

List of players listed as not athletic enough (pre draft)
Jayson Tatum - 2017
Devin Booker - 2015
D'Angelo Russell - 2015
Dario Saric - 2014
Doug McDermott - 2014
Gary Harris - 2014
CJ McCollum - 2013
Otto Porter - 2013
Trey Burke - 2013
Klay Thompson - 2011
Jimmer Fredette - 2011
Evan Turner - 2010
Gordon Hayward - 2010
James Harden - 2009
Stephen Curry - 2009
Ricky Rubio - 2009
Danilo Gallinari - 2008

List of players considered to have a high athleticism (pre draft)
Jonathan Issac - 2017
Frank Ntilikina - 2017
Kris Dunn - 2016 - 2016
Marquese Chriss - 2016
Emmanuel Mudiay - 2015
Justice Winslow - 2015
Andrew Wiggins - 2014
Aaron Grodon - 2014
Elfrid Payton - 2014
Nerlens Noel - 2013
Ben McLemore - 2013
Thomas Robinson - 2012
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2018, 03:14:08 PM »

My time of the year where I care about NBA then I can go back to focusing on college ball. Will post something similar to last year which players will have instant impact who has the biggest potential.

A few names I really like are Kyhri Thomas (3 and D guy) terrific defender, can defend from PG to SF and can crate his own offence. Will be mid to late first round. Another one is Tony Carr other than the NBA is filled with small guards who can shoot Carr is one of the best in the class. Doesn’t have the added agility, playmaking and defensive skills that some in the draft have but this guys a pure shot market.

I have always been a fan of the pure basketball player eg Tatum over Jackson I was a massive fan of because of the instant impact. The proplem with the players that are “athletic” is either they were just athletes or missing something from their game. Not too many just athletic guys who can’t do much else in this draft. However the names you provided below is a reason why I rated Markkanan, Dillon Brooks, Josh Hart etc much higher than where they were picked up
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2018, 10:48:27 AM »

Very interesting in the back end of the draft now. The depth is gone, the Frank Jackson, Tony Bradley types aren’t there and most people picked in the second round would be ready to make an instant impact being 22 rather than 19. However the senior class was much better than last year which could see only a few play minutes and the rest are back to the Gleague. NBA missed out big time with guys like Tyus Battle, Lindell Wiggington that’s only about 2 of 10-15 players being nearly as good as the seniors but with more time to grow and have bigger potentials  decided to return to college. Weak draft in 2019 these guys will go first round next year but would have been handy for teams to grab this year. Good for the players, bad NBA.

Obviously there is Ayton, Doncic, Bagley at the top, with Bamba, Jackson jr, MPJ, Carter and the guards(Knox, SGA, Young, Sexton, Bridges) could go anywhere from 4-12. The next few are floaters and it really is only 3 or 4 then we could see the next 20 or so picks could be in any order. None of those are safe first round picks reason why so much talent returned to make sure of the first round money in 2019
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