Monday, June 28, 2010

Quick Draft Wrap Up With Alex Kennedy

Alex Kennedy of Hoops World took the time to answer a few questions about the 2010 NBA draft for us. We thank him for taking the time!

1. For basketball fans like me who don't really watch much college ball, how

would assess the strength of this draft class? Sounds to me like there's some

solid role players and contributors, but not tons of stars to be had.


There's no question that this is one of the deepest draft classes in

recent years. It's really hard to tell how many stars will emerge in this

class because so many underclassmen left school early. Who knows how good

players like Eric Bledsoe, Daniel Orton, Xavier Henry, or Hassan Whiteside

can become? They left school early to avoid a potential lockout next year

but if these players had developed and gotten more exposure, many experts

agree that these are lottery talents we're talking about.


Outside of the unproven players with a lot of upside, there's no question

that a lot of these guys will be impact players at the next level. One

executive recently said that there was no drop off in talent at number

eight to number twenty-two in this draft. Others said that there was a lot

of first round talent available in the second round. This may not be a

class that contributes a ton of stars to the league but there's a good

chance we see many of these players on NBA rosters for years to come.

2. Any thoughts on the Kevin Pritchard firing? How odd was it that he did

the draft knowing he would be fired after?


I knew that Pritchard would be fired shortly and that Portland was already

searching for his replacement but I could not believe the team chose to

fire him an hour before the draft. Their timing really surprised me and it

was somewhat ironic since the draft, in recent years, has really been

dominated by Pritchard's moves. I give credit to him though, he did an

excellent job landing Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams, Armon Johnson, and

Ryan Gomes despite the circumstances.


3. Who's that second round pick that is most likely to be a glue guy in the

league?


Darington Hobson is the player to watch, in my mind. Several teams tried

to move up and select him in the first round but couldn't work out a deal.

He slipped to Milwaukee at thirty-seven but he's going to an excellent

glue guy. He has played with Brandon Jennings in the past and his biggest

strength is ball movement so Scott Skiles is going to love him from day

one. He has the work ethic and decision making necessary to make it in

this league. He'll contribute as a rookie but his biggest contributions

will likely come down the road when some of Milwaukee's other wing players

are gone and he gets some more minutes.


4. Could John Wall and Gilbert Arenas play together? Lots of people say no,

I personally feel like it could work. Couldn't Gilbert be a catch and shoot

guy, then take over the ball when Wall sits?


At this point, Gilbert Arenas needs to adapt his game to John Wall rather

than vice versa. Wall is the new face of the franchise and Arenas needs to

realize that. In the past, if you didn't fit in with Arenas then you were

on the trade block but that's not the case anymore. I think they'll be

able to work together once roles are defined. Wall is a great point guard

and while he may be great with the ball in his hands, he doesn't

necessarily need it to be effective. I think Arenas will provide scoring

and thrive outside of the distributor role and if they can get on the same

page, they could be one of the best backcourts in the league.


5. In watching the draft, what's your favorite moment of that night? I

mean, besides the Sexy Silver fan chants.


I had gotten close with a lot of the players in the class, more than

usual, so hearing their names called had to be my favorite moment. Meeting

a lot of these guys throughout their college careers or during workouts

this summer, it's great to see them finally reach their goal and have all

of the hard work pay off.


Covering it for HOOPSWORLD was great. I had never been a part of draft

coverage and breaking down each of the picks, running the Draft Diary in

the days leading up, and analyzing the picks on my Twitter was a lot of

fun too.


But Al-Farouq Aminu's glasses and Wesley Johnson's pants are up there as

well.


Alex Kennedy is an NBA writer for HOOPSWORLD.com and can be heard on ESPN 1040 in Tampa. Also, follow him on Twitter.

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