Originally Posted by fatboy11
Depends on who has what team, of course, but I see the top 2 as Eric Gordon and Michael Beasly (maybe Derrick Rose).
I know any criticism of Gordon from me is going to smack of hatred, and while I do hate that cocksmoker, I just think he's too one-dimensional at this point to be considered at the very top of the draft. Absolutely a lottery pick, but I'd be loathe to take him in the top five at this point.
I hope he leaves college basketball as soon as humanly possible, but even though he could score in the NBA right now- and probably could have as a high school junior- he'd be wise to come back for another year and work on his ballhandling ability. I'm not saying he's too small to play shooting guard and has to play the point, because that's obviously not true. But at this point his ballhandling is substandard for even an NBA shooting guard. His defense is bad- which surprises me- and he doesn't rebound.
I like Jarryd Bayless as an NBA prospect more than Gordon right now. He can score almost as well, but he can also play either guard spot and is a little more athletic.
Right now, Gordon's basically an athletic version of what J.J. Redick was as a senior. But then again, Gordon's only a freshman and I'd think he would probably improve his ballhandling and defense over the next few years, even if it's in the NBA.
But I see the best NBA comparison for Gordon right now being his namesake, Ben Gordon. 6'3" shooting guards who can score on anyone, but don't do much else of anything.
I realize Ben Gordon was a No. 3 pick and is a 20 point scorer in the NBA, but do you want to consider taking a guy like that with the No. 1 or 2 pick in the draft?