Friday, May 13, 2005

Top 20 NBA Ready College Players

According to Number 1? Marvin Williams. Description:
Never mind that he was merely the sixth man on the Tar Heels' national championship team; Williams has a game reminiscent of former UNC star Antawn Jamison and a simple, smooth shooting stroke (84.7 percent from the charity stripe, 43.2 percent from 3) that's rare for a big man.

Ya know what? I will mind that small fact that he didn't start in college. I remember another college player who didn't start for his school but came out after one year... Corey Maggette:
"He's always going to be one of those guys who's a good player on a bad team. He ranks 11th in the league in turnovers [2.95 per game] because he's an iffy ball handler who makes bad decisions. He'll come out of a timeout playing man-to-man defense when his teammates are in a zone, or he won't know the offensive play because he wasn't paying attention in the huddle -- which, believe it or not, is a problem with a lot of guys in this league. He does have explosive athleticism, and he gets to the line for almost 40 percent of his points. But bottom line, he's filling up his stat sheet more than helping his team play at a higher level."

Now I'm not saying that Williams is another Maggette, but calling a guy who didn't even start in college (to his credit it was a really good- National Champions- team).

But this is why the NBA needs an age limit. The draft is supposed to help the worst teams in the league, but teams can't afford to pass up on a guy like Williams cause he "could" be good. It used to be if you had the first pick in the draft you were getting an all-star (or close) player you're first year. Anyone think Williams could really help a NBA team NEXT year? I don't think so.

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