Evaluating The NBA Draft Decisions Of 2012’s Underclassmen
CBS Sports examines the decisions to enter the NBA draft or remain in school by this year’s underclassmen:
“We now know, barring any late-month surprises, which underclassmen are staying and which are headed to the pros. Those decisions have been made.
But who was wise? And who was not? Which school benefitted? And which program got burned?
These are the questions worth addressing as we start to turn our attention to the NBA Draft and 2012-13 season. So my colleague Jeff Goodman and I try to address most of them, and here’s what we came up with.
Player sure to be a star
Anthony Davis (Kentucky) — He’s the clear-cut No. 1 pick in June’s NBA Draft and should be, barring a set of Greg Oden-like injuries, a franchise player and perennial All-Star. He can impact the game on both ends of the court, and it’s just a matter of time before he’s a dominant player in the NBA.
Goodman & Parrish: Anthony Davis (Kentucky) — I’m with Goodman here because it’s hard to imagine anything other than career-altering injuries preventing Davis from becoming an impact player in the league, and quickly. I love everything about him except for that unibrow. And, honestly, that unibrow isn’t that bad.
Player who will get a GM an extension
Goodman: Bradley Beal (Florida) — There’s minimal risk with Beal. He’s a guy with few weaknesses who is only going to improve. Beal didn’t even shoot the ball to his capability as a freshman, but he’s a dead-eye shooter who did everything else in his brief stint for Billy Donovan. He has a high basketball IQ and a knack for rebounding well for his position. You know what you’re getting with Beal, which is more than I can say for some guys in the mix for the second spot.
Parrish: Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) — Lamb had a disappointing season relative to what was expected, but he still made pro shots from November to March. Is he a leader? No. But he won’t have to be in the NBA. He’ll only need to make lots of pro shots. Almost everybody has Lamb projected outside the top 10. My prediction is that he’ll still be one of the 10 best professionals from this draft.
Player who will get a GM fired
Goodman: Perry Jones III (Baylor) — I almost went with Andre Drummond, but I opted for PJ3. He will blow NBA guys away in workouts, but he doesn’t play with any toughness, intensity or intelligence. He’s long and skilled, but I just worry about him in the NBA from a mental and physical toughness standpoint.
Parrish: Andre Drummond (Connecticut) — You know how some guys just have it? Drummond’s the opposite. He just doesn’t have it. He’s big and athletic, and he’ll make a lot of money based on those two things alone. But trust me when I tell you that he’ll never be as good as he ought to be, never be worthy of the pick that’s used on him.”