There never is a complete player coming out of a draft.
If I had to choose right now who I want us to get in the draft, assuming we get Portland's pick it would be McLemore and Austin, and if Austin isn't available then Olynyk.
BigBoard5: McLemore, Bennett, Noel, Oladipo, Len.
"You don't watch Kidd-Gilchrist play basket as much as you feel it." Holly Mackenzie, Hoop (Jan/Feb 2013)
Honest question, what is the big difference between Anthony Bennett and DeShaun Thomas? Bennett is slightly more athletic and 15 lbs heavier. But they're both 6'7" stretch 4s. As far as shooting goes, Bennett shoots 3 3's a game at 37.7% whereas Thomas shoots over twice as many at 41.3%. I don't think either are going to ever be great at rebounding or playing defense.
"Never" is a strong word. I'm old enough to remember Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Patrick Ewing entering the league and being fantastic from the get-go.
They were very beyond "remotely complete". But I guess in the days of "one-and-done" it is a crap shoot with these players.
Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, and Blake Griffin were pretty much expected to be excellent from the get-go. There's nothing like them in 2013.
Last edited by Veteran_Picksetter; 01-31-2013 at 09:49 PM.
When I watch them play I see Thomas as a three playing out of position because he's in college and able to (less overall size of competition) When I watch Bennett I see a stretch 4 with some 3 skills.
Maybe that sounds like semantics so I'll say it another way: I think Bennett is capable of playing the 4 in the NBA while Thomas is more suited to the wing