Sabtu, 02 Juni 2012

NBA Draft Sleepers

This year's NBA Draft is one of the best in a while as there are so many players that can be future starters in the league. There are a few players, however, that are underrated and will be impact players in the NBA. So who are these sleepers in this year's draft?

The North Carolina Tar Heels were struggling during the middle of the 2010-2011 college basketball season so they made a change. They replaced struggling point guard Larry Drew III with Kendall Marshall and the Tar Heels never looked back. Marshall became arguably the best point guard in college basketball as he will fight with Weber State's Damian Lillard to be the first point guard off the board. Marshall reminds a lot of another point guard that knows how to distribute the basketball to his teammates, Celtics PG Rajon Rondo. Marshall has that keen edge to know exactly where the ball should go and can be a great leader in the backcourt just like Rondo. Marshall also has the explosiveness and the smarts to be able to get the basket and score when that is the best option. Marshall will become one of the best point guards in the NBA and teams like Toronto at 8, New Orleans at 10, Portland at 11, and Phoenix at 13 as they could all be candidates to take the Tar Heel point guard in the draft lottery. Marshall will be a steal in this year's draft.

St. Bonaventure was one of the biggest surprises in the Atlantic 10 as they won the A-10 Conference Tournament. The Bonnies would not have been nearly as successful if it wasn't for their star power forward Andrew Nicholson. Nicholson was a very talented scorer as he showed a strong adeptness at making mid-range shots. Nicholson can be an effective NBA player and he could be as good as Paul Millsap while his mid-range shooting is very similar to that of Kevin Garnett's shooting. Nicholson also has a high work ethic which will allow him to excel in the NBA as any team in the non-lottery picks would love to have a player like Nicholson.

West Virginia had a good season this year and made the NCAA Tournament but all this would not have been possible without their star power forward Kevin Jones. Jones was a very dominant force in the paint scoring and racking up tons of rebounds as he plays much bigger then his 6' 8'' frame would suggest. Jones can be a dominant rebounder in the NBA and an effective scorer. Jones can be a breakthrough rookie just like Kenneth Faried was for the Denver Nuggets as Jones will be a steal at the end of the first round and in the early part of the second round.

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