Tag:2009 NBA Draft
Posted on: June 26, 2010 10:00 am
Edited on: June 26, 2010 10:02 am

I've done this before (and I was awesome at it)

I don't want to spend a lot of time debating who is and isn't on my list of the top 30 NBA prospects set to play college basketball next season because it's all subjective and, as we saw Thursday night, it's impossible to correctly peg everything. If nobody can do it one minute before the draft, I'm not sure how anybody could do it one year before the draft. But I still tried. And, if you don't mind me saying, I did OK last time I tried this.

For whatever reason (which is to say, I don't remember why), I didn't do this last year.

But I did do it immediately after the 2008 NBA Draft.

And I wasn't all that bad.

(Click this link to check it out.)

Again, I listed the top 30 prospects for the 2009 NBA Draft a year in advance (on June 27, 2008). Seven of the 30 prospects I listed were underclassmen who for whatever reason didn't enter the 2009 NBA Draft (Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez, Al-Farouq Aminu, etc.). Which means I had 23 prospects listed who actually ended up eligible for the 2009 NBA Draft, and 22 of those 23 were in fact selected a year later (17 in the first round, five in the second round).

Jeremy Pargo was the only exception.

I had the Gonzaga guard at No. 27.

He was not drafted.

A closer look shows that six of the first 10 players I listed (Blake Griffin, DeMar DeRozan, Hasheem Thabeet, Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans and James Harden) actually went in the top 10, and that every one of the first 11 players I listed became first-round picks. So, as they say, take that for what it's worth. Some of it was probably luck, I admit. But it's still pretty clear that I should be running an NBA franchise.
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