Joe Dumars was smiling like a guy who knows something about Walter Sharpe that nobody else knows. He watched “a ton of tape” on him and brought him in to work out, holding him over for a second day.
“He’s good, man, he’s good,” Dumars said. “Handles it, shoots it, long and smooth.”
Dumars said Sharpe will be a small forward in the NBA, though he was playing out of position at UAB as a power forward.
As for Sharpe's history of off-court trouble - arrested for disorderly conduct, academically inelgible, shot two years ago though it appears he was an innocent victim - Dumars said almost all of it traces to the narcolepsy only recently diagnosed. He said Sharpe is now on medication and that "he says it's changed his life." Dumars said he's talked to "more people in Alabama than I care to remember" and is perfectly convinced Sharpe has a firm grip on his life now.
Dumars was prepared to take him at 29 when Seattle called and wanted to trade up to get D.J. White. Dumars saw it as an opportunity to get the guy he wanted and pick up and extra pick in the deal. He also said he knew of two teams preparing to trade up to take Sharpe.
He also says, the other two guys, Trent Plaisted and Deron Washington, were only picked because they agreed to play in Europe next season, and that they didn't want DJ White because his game is 'just like Maxiell'.
Still don't know what to think, but I trust Dumars picking an unknown guy at 32, he seems to find under-the-radar guys with those late picks.
I guess that they had Sharpe in for some workout time...and even had him stay over for a longer look. My understanding is that he's a gamble, because of some health, and other issues....but a freaky good player at times.
Trading the late first round, for an extra second round, was the smarter odds gamble I guess......considering how we had only the 29th pick in that round going in.