The NBA Draft is slowly but surely creeping upon us and many kids are making their decisions to head to the NBA. Guys like Kentuckyâ€™s Anthony Davis andÂ Kansasâ€™ Thomas Robinson are considered by many to be Top 5 picks in this yearâ€™s draft.
These guys are going to be monsters in the NBA in my opinion, but there are a couple guys that I feel are just not ready for the NBA this year.
Marquis Teague was highly sought-after in high school.Â He was quick, athletic and many felt that he would be better than his brother Jeff was at Wake Forest. Teague chose to come to Kentucky and play alongside Terrence Jones, Davis, and the cast of talent the Wildcats had at their disposal. And immediately upon getting there, he was thrust into the conversations about the great point guards that had played under John Calipari. Would he be the next Derrick Rose? Would he be the next John Wall? Well, Teague had a hard enough time trying to figure out his own game on the next level, let alone comparing to those guys.
Teague struggled with turnovers to start the season and as the season went on, he began to make some improvement there. Another area where he improved over the season was his shooting. At the beginning of the season, Teague was left alone near the three-point/jump shot area. But as we all saw, he made some big jump shots during the Wildcatsâ€™ run to the title and dramatically improved his game.
But with all the improvements Teague has made, I feel another year of college would have done him some more good. I think that he would have gotten better with his decision-making and that his jump shot would have gotten even better under the tutelage of Calipari. But Teague feels he is ready and has submitted his name for the draft. I wish him well, but I think that he needed some more fine-tuning at the college level.
Another player I would like to take a look at is Ohio Stateâ€™s Jared Sullinger. Sullinger has been extremely good in his two years spent at Ohio State. He has made his living overpowering guys in the post and using his girth to negate the opponentâ€™s athleticism. He has also been a monster on the glass at the collegiate level. His brute strength can get him by on the collegiate level, but in the NBA is he is not going to overpower grown men on the court at a generously-listed 6â€™9â€.
Some people look at the fact that DeJaun Blair hasnâ€™t done so bad for himself, but I donâ€™t see Sullinger having the type of impact Blair had at all. I think that Sullinger will be hurt by his lack of athleticism at the next level and that he must expand his game. I would venture to say that he may want to study Kevin Loveâ€™s game. Sullinger is gone to the draft, but I would have liked to see him expand his game in college and be fully ready for the NBA.
I loved watching these two guys play in college. I wish them well in their future endeavors and I hope they have much success at the next level. But some guys donâ€™t have things pan out the way they envision it in the NBA. And for these guys, I just think that they were gone too soon.Â Hopefully, they will get picked by a team that will help them develop as players and not just let them sit there and rot.
What do you think, sports fans? What are your visions for these two guys in the NBA?
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Previously: Inside Sports With The General: Two Teams, Two Different Outlooks
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