As a huge fan of Jimmer, I was disappointed he ended up anywhere but Utah.
Overall, this is a pretty good mock draft. You did about as well as any of the
professionals who were paid to put up mock drafts. Congrats. I didn't think
Jimmer would go No. 3 because NBA teams tend to go for bigs all the time. So it
wasn't surprising that a bunch of bigs went before the second point guard in the
draft. I thought it was ironic that Kemba and Jimmer went right next to each
other. I also thought it was a great moment when the Morris twins went back to
back and realized they would be separated for the first time since birth. I'm
sure Marcus wasn't crying because his brother went first.
Nobody in the NBA (you know, the people that watch basketball and watched every
player and make their living evaluating talent) thought Fredette should be the
third pick. NObody. So fans (who haven't seen most of the other players and sure
haven't interview them or worked them out or talked to past coaches and
associates) think they watched enough BYU games to evaluate not Fredette's
college career but his NBA-talent projection as well.It is both
completely beyond comprehension and completely absurd. In fact, it shocks me
and then makes me laugh. All those saying these things about James F. are
emotionally invested in the player and not basing your conclusions on any real
evaluation.Folks, we aren't experts. Actually, all of us are as much
expects as the writer. I couldn't read far. Lost me with: "Everything the
experts are proposing is unfounded and a complete shot in the dark."
Actually, it is founded on research and watching film and evaluation tools and
statistics and past success or failure. A failed vanity piece.
I've never understood people impressed with Kemba. He was good, but no WAY he's
better than Jimmer. If Kemba played for BYU, after losing Davies, the Cougars
would've lost to UNM, Wyoming, TCU and been an 8- or 10-seed. Jeremy Lamb played
superior to Kemba for major stretches of the tournament. Kemba had a full team
around him.Just note: BYU went to overtime against Florida; Florida
lost in OT to Butler; Butler beat VCU by 10 but stumbled badly against UConn. If
Davies was with the team through the MWC, they may have been a 1- or 2-seed.
Against the same opponents, Davies/Jimmer and company definitely beat Florida,
Butler, VCU, and maybe UConn. Davies' mistake was THAT big of an impact. (Not to
try to add guilt to the kid.) In a parallel universe where that happens, though,
would VCU or Florida State make the run they did? Butterfly flaps its wings in
Beijing, etc.I say with Brandon Davies in, the Cougars' run is
extended at least to the Final Four, and Jimmer's stock in the draft is equal to
or better than Kemba's.
How old is Brady, 15? "Looking through that chart at pick 12, not one name
is familiar to me." Anyone from Utah should know Kelly Tripucka or Michael
Doleac. Additional #12s include Muggsy Bogues or Mookie Blaylock. Not
superstars, but respectable NBA talent.I agree on Kyrie Irving -
he's not Kobe or Garnett, 2 players taken outta high school. I don't like
Brandon Knight @3, but I don't think Jimmer should go that high. Utes may hate
him, Cougars will expect too much, and hopes will be too high. I hope he's
available @12, because I think he'll surprise people by his work ethic and
development. Malone lasted till #13, and Jazz fans booed when Utah picked a
skinny kid from Gonzaga @16. I think Jimmer's work ethic is like Stock's. As a
BYU, Jazz, and Jimmer fan, I think the best of all worlds is Jimmer going to
Phoenix, learning from Nash for 2-3 years, Jimmering Utah 4X a year from 30
feet, and then coming to Utah in a trade in 2015.But lots of fans
will complain if he slips past Utah to Phoenix @13. That's what KOC gets paid
i don't think jimmer to cleveland at #1 is all that outrageous---unlikely but
not impossible---i do not agree that the 12 position is unlucky
either---there have been some good players taken there that have exceeded the
nba life average---muggsy bogues is one---i really expect jimmer to
go to golden state who may try to trade up for him---
So many locals (ute fans) don't understand the talent that was playing in their
own backyard while Jimmer was here. They will want KOC's head if the Jazz call
Jimmer's name at #3. But I agree, he didn't became the best in college Bball
without skills and ability. He proved it through the entire season.I hope the Jazz and KOC have the guts to do whats right tonight. This is
their chance to pull off an amazing pick that is flying under the radar of every
other NBA team.
I agree with your comments about Kyrie Irving. Why would anyone pick that guy
number one? That's a huge risk! You lost me with your Jimmer pick as well.
As soon as you said Jimmer at 3, you lost me. There's no way he goes that high.
Indeed, I hope you enjoyed your guest writing.
Wow. Jimmer at 3? Are you kidding me? I'm a huge fan of the guy, but at most, if
the Jazz want him they should trade up their second pick, not take him at 3.
If we get Jimmer @ 3 Kevin OConnor should be fired. Plain and simple. Jimmer
will likely be available at 12, and could even fall down to PHX @ 13, or even
Indiana or New York. In my opinion the best PG option in the draft is Kemba
Walker. I'm blown away at the lack of respect for this kid, especially after
what he did in the Big East and NCAA tournaments...
Your waning credibility fully dissipated when you predicted (or recommended)
Jimmer going as Utah's #3 pick. Hope you had fun as a guest writer.
This is the best analysis I have seen for the 2011 draft based on evaluating
total talent and need. There is more to talent that what meets the eye. Dallas
over Miami - character and heart over talent and ego.
Jimmer number 3 for Utah ... you are crazy and making a stab in the dark - lets
I could not agree more with his assesment of Jimmer at #3. He is the best point
guard in the draft. You do not become the NCAA POY with just scoreing alone.