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Old 06-27-2006, 06:05 PM   #1
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Who will be the sleeper of this draft? Also, who will slip the farthest? I like Dee Brown as a sleeper if he gets some PT through a good situation or an injury or two to the guys he ends up backing up. My guy to slip is Tyrus Thomas. He'll still go top ten, but I think he could fall past seven, contrary to the number two spot many are saying.
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Old 06-27-2006, 06:07 PM   #2
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Denham Brown, Dee Brown (great choice I agree), Jordan Farmar (only because I expect him to be really good), and Steve Novak.
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Old 06-27-2006, 06:11 PM   #3
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Farmer has skills, for sure. So much has to do with what situation a rookie finds himself in. If he gets some court time, he'll do well. Haven't seen much on Denham Brown or Novak.
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Pop Mensah-Bonsu is the biggest sleeper in this draft, he is the next Ben Wallace.
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tyrus thomas is a stromile swift in the making..

i like pops as a sleeper myself
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I think your comparison of Swift and Thomas ends with the fact that they attended the same college and led LSU fairly deep into the NCAA tournament. I know that DraftExpress.com or whatever site says that Thomas has a decent chance to plummet into a Swift-like pro, but I don't think Thomas will turn out to be quite the disappointment that Swift has become year in and year out. Thomas' willingness to work hard and improve is clear by his progress from unheard of college athlete to sure-fire lottery pick. Also, look at his defensive ability- he's more active on the boards than Stro is and has the potential to be a Bowen-esque lockdown defender. The work ethic appears to be there right now, but hopefully he doesn't coast and stop developing when he gets the Top 5 money. Time will tell, I guess.
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On another note, Pops Mensah-Bonsu needs to gain roughly 40 pounds of muscle and a nastier defensive attitude if he wants to even be CLOSE to Ben Wallace. What's the difference between Pops and James White?
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How about Kenny Adeleke as the next Big Ben? The guy has intensity and a nose for the ball. I like him in the second round. Hope he falls to Charlotte at 50.
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I see Leon Powe, or maybe Eric Hicks, as the closest thing to possessing 'Big Ben Potential' in this draft.
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Remember, Big Ben wasn't drafted at all, Reggie Evans either. I like big, blue collar rebounders at the end of any draft. No glamour, just results doing the little things.
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Do you think the attraction of finding the 'Next Big Ben' is growing or dwindling? After watching the offensive shortcomings of both Evans and Wallace over the past few years, I wonder if there is still such a premium on finding these all-D, no-O players.
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I believe Daniel Gibson could be a sleeper if he slips to the middle of the second round.

Gerry McNamara may not wow you at a workout, but he is a competitor and a pretty good outside shooter.

I'm still waiting for Nik Caner-Medley to put it all together. The Maryland program has fallen a bit and I believe that state of the program from an overall talent standpoint has hurt Nik. If he gets in the right situation, he could be a very valuable contributor off the bench.
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A valid point but they say defense wins championships and most championship teams have a rebound specialist or a lock down perimeter defender who can play defense and not need to score a lot. How about Haslem this year? How about Detroit obviously? San Antonio has Bowen. The Lakers had an in-the-prime-of-his-career Shaq obviously skewing the point a little sinse he was a great rebounder, shot blocker, AND scorer. The Bulls had Cartwrights and Rodmans. Put a young Rodman on the Mavs this year and we might just have had a different champ.
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Old 06-27-2006, 08:49 PM   #14
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Did I mention Kenny Adeleke averaged +20 ppg in college this year, too? He's my number two sleeper behind Dee Brown.
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Old 06-28-2006, 04:31 PM   #15
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I said it once and I'll say it again....JEREMY KELLY 6'4" PG out of UT MARTIN. Look this guy is going to be the next player to make a big splash in the NBA coming from a small school. remember the name Jeremy Kelly...google him, write it down, save his picture, do whatever, just remember I told you so...JEREMY KELLY
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