If we draft a PF and DeRozon is still on the board I will be pissed!
How many times have you seen a player show essentially zero handle in college become a slashing star who can weave through defenders in the paint in the NBA? This basically never happens.
Good luck on predicting DeRozan will be the first.
DeRozan's athleticism just like Holiday's overrated athleticism and Brandon Jennings are a waste and a big tease. Dude can't shoot a 3 for his life...what will he do in the D'Antoni offense? That boy better improve that range and handles if he wants to be a productive NBAer.
Rubio is more NBA ready than most of the guys in the draft. He played at the highest level of competition outside the NBA. He was playing on one hand this past season, and still played well. His combination of court vision, passing, and defense make him the best PG in this draft. Why the bias against Euro players?
Now back to Danillo....Why hasnt the league written off Greg Oden yet? Reason being is that the most people realize that he has not played up to par yet from being hurt. Being Hurt does not mean the kid can't play, or he is a "project". A project is player with raw talent, but does not know how to play the game, how does that apply to Danillo or Rubio?
Now compared to his contemporaries (and using your Danillo is a bust logic),Wilson Chanldler,Spencer Hawes,Jokiam Noah, Yi, Nick Young, are just a short list of players who Portland should've drafted over Oden because they all contributed more to their teams right away. More history for you...John Wallace,Frye,Balkman,and Collins all contributed to our team right away, and Frye contributed while Bynum was in The D-Leauge!
Look we are all upset about how Danillo's rookie season played out, but, to call him a bust is short-sighted
"I'd Rather Melo shoot with 3 men on him than Jefferies shotting wide open"
-Jeff Van Gundy
Gallinari and Rubio are both proven.
Proven players aren't projects.
Darko and Nicolas Tskiiskivilli were projects.
Unproven Euros hyped by Chad Ford.
Rubio and Gallinari were hyped up before they lost their virginity..and were playing at a high level against elite competition.
NCAA is nothing compared to the Euroleague. (comparing teams, and level of competition).
NCAA may have a couple of talented players that get drafted in the lottery, but thats it. The rest of the roster are loaded with college kids, your very average to below average who don't really have the skill to play basketball for a living like the guys do in the Euroleague...majority of NCAA players go the whole 4 years to live other professions besides basketball.
You should know this already...but you're the site's biggest idiot so you will never know anything.
Jamal Crawford is still the NBA's biggest loser who nobody wants and Eddy Curry remains a BUST and is a PROJECT...
Oden is a ****ing *****...the league has written him off? Who the **** is the league?
Your post are so stupid.
Go eat a homosexual **** and die of aids.
Everyone in Sacramento was a little bummed out about the Ricky Rubio visit. Rubio flew into town on Tuesday, had dinner and interviews with the front office and even chatted with the media. However, he came down with a fever and sore throat Tuesday night and wasn't able to work out for the team Wednesday. He was so ill that he didn't even get a chance to sit down with the Maloof family, which owns the Kings.
He was going to try to make a go of it Thursday morning, but he woke up still not feeling well and ended up flying back to L.A.
At this point, Rubio's schedule is up in the air. He'll try to get well and then decide which teams to visit. Another visit with Sacramento is still possible.
One Kings source reiterated that the organization still has doubts about Rubio, and the visit did little to alleviate them. However, there is a split in the camps in Sacramento, with some pushing for Rubio or, if he's gone, Jrue Holiday. Others are pushing for Jonny Flynn and/or Tyreke Evans.
Plus, still more prospects are on their way to Sacramento for workouts. DeMar DeRozan will be in on Saturday. Stephen Curry and Evans will be in town Sunday. This will be the second visit for Evans, whose first visit wasn't terrific, as we reported.
Sources close to the situation continue to insist that, in the end, the most likely scenario is Rubio going to the Kings at No. 4 if he's still on the board. If he's gone, it sounds like Flynn has moved into second place.
However, the focus on Rubio in the coming days may shift to Oklahoma City. The Thunder continue to show strong interest in Rubio and are pushing for a meeting, physical and a review of Rubio's contract in Spain. If Rubio feels better and is up for the visit, that's where he'll head next.
I got this on espn insider on ricky rubio
There's no reason to call Rubio a project as opposed to NCAA players simply because he was playing in the Euroleague...the Euroleague is a professional league of players who play for a living; the bulk of the NCAA doesn't play professionally...hell, most NCAA players would be lucky if they got a chance to play on a Euroleague team nowadays. To say Rubio is somehow a project even though he's been playing for a league superior to the NCAA for the better part of four years doesn't seem to make much sense to me. Of course he has some growing to do once he hits the NBA, but who doesn't?
I wouldn't say Rubio is a project per say, but I also wouldn't call him proven on an NBA level. No one is proven on the NBA level until they play a few games during the season. Is he NBA ready? That's a matter of opinion. I think he can be a good bench player until he develops a shot and some defense, then he can be a potential starter. I think this is a fair critique of Rubio.
Its a matter of fact.
4 years of elite level competition before getting drafted into the NBA = makes you more ready than anyone in this draft.
Especially with the way Rubio preformed in those 4 years that made his stock so high.
He isn't proven on the NBA level, but his experience gives you a clear sense of how skilled and polished he is.
Rubio will start right away to any team he goes to.
His defense is very above average...donchris, I don't think you know who you're talking about. Rubio was a defensive player of the year in Europe before he turned 18.
A jumpshot isn't needed to start, ask Rondo, and Rubio is a million times the talent and PG Rondo is.