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Old 03-22-2011, 10:03 PM   #9
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Default Re: James Johnson vs. William Buford vs. Travis Leslie vs....

It's real easy to put up scouting reports on guys who aren't in the league yet and say they could be better than Johnson. Let's compare what you've given us about those potential drafts picks mocked in his spot with James johnson's scouting profile prior to his draft:

Strengths: Very athletic, strong & tough - practiced martial arts his whole life. Versatile - can play multiple positions. Able to take his man off the dribble. Can hit the face-up jumper. Able to absorb contact and still score. Good wingspan. Very good size for the NBA. Explosive leaper. Good shot blocker. Gets plenty of steals.

As a sophomore at Wake Forest, Johnson averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as the Demon Deacons went 24-7. He became the third player in Wake Forest history to leave early for the NBA, joining Rodney Rogers in 1993 and Chris Paul in 2005. A versatile forward with strong ballhandling and passing abilities, Johnson is projected to be a late lottery to mid-first round pick.

Johnson’s ability to face-up and attack his man off the dribble makes him a terrific mismatch threat on the perimeter, and watching him utilize his outstanding footwork and pivot moves in the post, it’s hard not to come away impressed with his scoring and overall basketball instincts. He has great hands and outstanding touch with either hand around the basket, sometimes flicking up pretty floaters around the rim, and looks very comfortable at times operating with his back to the basket as well.


Sounds pretty similar to what you posted about those college guys, doesn't it?

Here's the plain fact: Guys you get in the late first round are never going to be sure things, no matter what the scouting report says. If they were sure things, they wouldn't be drafted 25th. While I initially 'd this trade, I think now I prefer getting a guy who might be a project who you've seen play in the NBA is better than taking a chance on a guy who could be a complete flop.
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