Posted by: Patrick on June 16th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
What exactly does best available mean? Is there a rating scheme showing you what best available is? Do you rank talent by a person’s history (school and stats)? Do you measure them against the talent they played with or against? Do you rate them by their physical bodies? How about age? Experience? Is a PG more Valuable than a Center? What is idealistic, and what is actual? What is potential vs actual talent? How can you tell who is best available is? Is there a star chart out there, or a dart board? Is it the guy with the loudest agent or one with the most connections?
There are some draft prospects that we hardly heard of until the playoffs. There are others that appeared out of no where. Some have very little tape to watch. Others have their own You Tube fan clubs. What makes one player more valuable than another, and how do we rank them? It seems that overall we do a pretty good job of ranking players each year, but every year there are guys who are sleepers, the steals of the draft. Every year there are flops. Guys who appeared to be NBA All Stars, who never leave the bench after the D league.
You may wonder why I ask. There is one kid that has what all the others have, desire, heart, good work ethics, very coachable, but he seems to be low on the draft board. There are questions about him, but tell me what draft pick has no questions about them. Irving played few games due to injuries. Many wonder if Knight isnt the better PG. Williams is a bit of a tweener, with a heck of a shot. He swears he is a SF, but many others consider him an undersized PF. Fredette is a big question mark. The kid can shoot lights out and probably blind folded, but he played 4 yrs college, and his defense has been called into question. Biyombo, a physical freak. Can play jungle ball like no other, defending the basket like his life depended upon it, but he cannot shoot. There are several good Europeans, but will they ever play in the NBA?
Many of these guys have twins to their game. But because their schools were small, they supposedly arent as good as the bigger school players? Why is that? A shot is a shot. 3 pt is a 3 pt, free throw is the same distance. Heck some good kids, play with bad team mates, so they are never heard of does that make them bad? Here are a few comparisons. I will tell you some things that may surprise you, then you tell me why there is such a distance between their draft rankings.
(Standing Vertical)(No step jump)(max vertical)(# Bench)(Lane agility)(Mod lane agility)(sprint)
Williams…..29………11′5″……34.5…..19 reps…11.03……….5.49…….3.23 Sophmore
Harris…….28.5………11′3″……37.5…..12 reps..10.96…….5.47.….3.17 Freshman
Singleton.30.5….11′2″..37.5………15 reps……11.33…….5.59………3.09 Junior
So yr 19.5 ppg, 8.3 reb, 1.1 ast, 1 st, .7 blk, 60% fg, 57% 3pt
Fr yr 15.7 ppg, 7.1 reb, .7 ast, .6 st, .6 blk, 57% fg, 25% 3pt
Fr yr 15.3 ppg, 7.3 reb, 1.3 ast, .7st, .9 blk, 46% fg, 30% 3pt
Jr yr 13.1 ppg, 6.8 reb, 1.2 ast, 2 st, 1.5 blk, 43% fg, 37% 3pt
Fr yr 8.1 ppg, 4.9 reb, 1.1 ast, 1.5 st, 1.3 blk, 41% fg, 33% 3pt
The two I want you to compare closest are Harris and Williams. If Harris went back to school, would he be next yrs Williams? What sets these guys so far apart. Harris is ranked 4th in SF’s by NBA Draft, Aran Smith has him listed as the top 5th SF and 15th overall, Chad Ford has him listed 7th in SF 19th overall. Draft express has Harris listed as 9th out of a 100. Looking at each persons boards and list, it makes you wonder how they rank these kids, and what makes a person best available..
One more quick example before I let you guys explain this to me.. Jimmer Fredette and Andrew Goudelock. These young men have such similar stats I dont need to post them. Both have range like no other. The main difference is Schools, and that Jimmer took more shots than Andrew did their senior yr. Some people would have you believe that if Goudelock played in BYU’s system that he would not have done so well, because the talent level is so much different. If this is true, how are all these draft prospects going to make it in the NBA? Shooting is what Jimmer and Andrew are good at. They have the same size, speeds, range, and percentages, so your telling me that because Goudelock went to a small school or was surrounded by lessor talent that his game wont translate? What makes you so sure?
So, what makes a kid who is ranked and rated higher than other kids, drafted after them? Not only in this case but others. Are Tobias and Goudelock sleepers? Are Williams and Fredette over rated? Is there something that I am missing? What makes Best Available?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-eGGJcxmS0 2 am workout.
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