My All-13th-pick-2010 Team
Old 06-16-2010, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my all-13th-pick-2010 team!

Pg - Eric Bledsoe --> Combination of great handles, great athleticism, and speed along with underrated passing ability and decent shooting ability. In the shadow of John Wall for a year, I think whoever gets him is getting a top lottery talent for sure. If he stayed a year at UK, he'd be a top 10.

Sg - Avery Bradley --> The number three prospect coming into the year, he disappointed many, but at the same time matured as the season progressed. His ability to play lockdown defence, while having a decent offensive upside combined with an NBA-ready mid-range game (not to mention his hops), he looks to be a good value pick here. Can he be a bust? Sure. But if in the right system, with the proper motivation to succeed he could be a very good two-way player. Draws comparisons to Russell Westbrook, which is understandable, but I see him as more of a Monta Ellis/Shannon Brown type of player, more of the latter.

Sf - Xavier Henry --> (Probably a shooting guard, but Bradley is in the way) NBA body, shoots the ball as well as anyone in this draft, and plays hard on D. A role player in the eyes of many, but in reality he was on a team with a lot of talent, and thus mouths to feed. Cole Aldrich, a lottery talent, definitely benefited from Henry's ability to space the floor, he could do the same for Bosh. In my view I believe he's a Paul Pierce at best, which is a lot, and a Quentin Richardson at worst. Safe pick, great value.

Pf - Patrick Patterson --> Before the pre-draft camp he was seen as a surefire lottery pick, but for whatever reason lost some ground. One of the few top 10 players to have the balls to go to the camp, it may have hurt his status, but I don't see how. He played hard and did well. He brings toughness, almost Charles Oakley-esque. Although many fail to see his upside, he does have a developing offensive game. He can shoot the midrange, his post game (although a little short) is advanced, but most of all his ability to outwork others makes him stand-out. He's a steal if he falls and a find if he's reached for.

C - Daniel Orton --> His situation is unique - he played 13 minutes at UK and averaged 3 and 3. Not "superstar" numbers. But what he does have going for him is brute strength and a great touch around the rim. Some people see him as a surefire dud, who comes in and takes three years to develop into a 10-8 player. Others, like me, believe that if he's the primary backup on a rebuilding, or otherwise "average" team, he can become GREAT. His wingspan and overall talent make me believe that he can succeed with the Raptors; with or without Bosh. He can literally go anywhere in the draft (from 8-30) because he hasn't shown much other than flashes. Honestly, I'd rather pick the 4 above, but in case of some drastic situation where teams read this post and realize how good these players are, he's the guy.

I hope this is not only helpful, but I hope you will be tempted to make your own all-13th-pick-2010 team. Discuss. Argue. Thrash. Do what you will. But I hope we can all agree that these 5 players have great potential.

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Old 06-17-2010, 02:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nobody? Sweet. I'm going to go cry myself to bed for my 30-minute nap.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nobody? Sweet. I'm going to go cry myself to bed for my 30-minute nap.
Oh okay, I'll post.

BTW, you'd put Orton ahead of Whiteside and Udoh?
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I like Patterson, but I don't think he will be there at 13.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I like Patterson, but I don't think he will be there at 13.
He's projected to go in the low teens. Not much of a stretch he'd be there. In fact i have a feeling he'll end up going closer to 20.
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I'm really liking Bradley, he reminds me of a Rondo type player.
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