It'll be hard to beat 2000. But players like Kyrie and Derrick Williams are being overrated because of the lack of star players. Last years draft was the race for Wall, the year before that was for Griffin.
I would agree on all but Williams. He's a star.
It's an interesting phenomenon, similar to the NFL. To win you need a great QB, and teams are so desperate that clowns like Newton, Locker, Gabbert, etc...guys that wouldn't even be first round picks in a decent QB draft class...jump to the head of the class.
The NBA is going through the same thing with PG, so guys like Irving are bumped to the front despite showing next to nothing in college. Not saying he can't play, but how the hell can you tell from a dozen games against Oct/Nov competition?
Williams will be a big time scorer in the NBA. He's got a really good first step, decent handle, goes to the hole with either hand, and shot 60%...that's right, 60%...from the 3 pt line. Nice midrange jumper as well. Long enough to guard the 4, quick enough for the 3. IMO, he's being underrated because:
(1) internet "experts"...both pro and amateur...don't want to admit that they missed so badly on the kid. Guys whose job it is to know college hoops gave him little or no mention before the tournament, though it was pretty obvious he was the best player every time he stepped on the floor.
(2) there's so much talk about this being a weak draft that it automatically devalues a no-name player. In reality, this is going to be like most drafts at the top. No more than a couple guys who look like sure pros. It's in the depth that it's really bad.
(3) he tore up the PAC-10, not the Big East, and didn't go to Duke. The Big East has become like the SEC in football. Six turds automatically get bowl invites and massive tv exposure because they play in the same conference as a couple top notch teams.
Teams will reach but guys like Kyrie or Gabbert/Newton will generally receive a grade from most NFL teams and go around where they are graded. Those QBs, though maybe not everyone's favorites, went top 10 because their teams felt they can be franchise QBs. If they were 2nd round guys lifted by the class being poor at the position, they still would not go top 10 with all the money that goes to those picks. You have to get a franchise caliber player if you take a guy that high, being wrong costs your HC,GM and others their jobs. You don't just take the best QB on the board as high as possible. Newton had one of the most dominant seasons in college history and Locker has been a guy with #1 pick potential for 2-3 years now. Gabbert has some issues, but he has the arm,accuracy,size and pedigreee to be a franchise QB.
I say this here because this is also the case with Kyrie and D.Williams. There are guys that will go too high in this draft thanks to it being thin, but those 2 are considered elite talents in any draft.
N*gga, I'm a prophet with this sh*t. Go ask about me. I'm never wrong.
Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, John Wall. Do I need to dive into the prospects or is that enough? Your entire angle is to take the hyped up #1 pick in the draft and bash them. No real basis for your argument whatsoever besides "Everyone is high on this kid. Therefore I feel like being the guy on the other side of the fence.". You have absolutely nothing to go on here.
I would not say that Kyrie Irving is overrated. I would say that people need to quit with the CP3 comparisions. I think Kyrie Irving is just the #1 player in a decent at best NBA Draft...BUT this draft is nothing like the 2000 NBA Draft at all ! I think he will be a very good PG in the NBA. somewhere between Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry type numbers.
I'm not ready to stop with them. I think Kyrie has CP3 potential. He has a similar combination of vision,ability to get into the lane,playmaking skills and shooting ability to be a similarly great player. He might not reach the potential, but that's another story.
Off the top of my head, the Cavs and Raps fanbases have convinced themselves that this guy is Jesus in a point guard jersey. They actually want to tank and trade established NBA players just for the best opportunity to draft this dude.
Don't ask me how, but its a fact.
Now moving on... when's the last time a prospect received so much hype for basically doing nothing?? Duke won the championship with the same team he re-joined and basically stymied ball movement in the loss against Arizona.
The guy is a 6'1 attacking, scoring guard that many have convinced themsleves is the best point guard prospect since Jason Kidd.
What the hell are people smoking, man???
Who is better than him right now? Most people know this is a weak draft.
Doesn't seem like hes a good shooter, but athletic. I know it's one vid, but they posted it so probably were like, "yea, it doesn't get much better." John Wall displayed way better shooting abilities and hes not even considered a good shooter.
I really like Irving, but I don't think he grades out in the absolute apex of current NBA PGs. He's not in the Paul/Deron/Rose tier, maybe Rondo in there too, although he's so weird he's hard to place.
The problem is Irving plays a similar game to Paul, so the comparisons are gonna come from there, and in this draft, he does get bumped up some. But based on what's here, I'd have no objections to someone taking him one.
However, because of how this draft fell, with Cleveland landing both 1 and 4, I'd be inclined to pass on Paul up top and take Derrick Williams. There's less similar talent to Williams floating around in this draft. I'm not positive he's a franchise player, mainly because I don't completely trust his handle, but between his body and his jumpshot, he'll play, and be productive for a long time. I'd prefer to roll the dice with Williams, and then, maybe it'd be considered a bit of a reach, but take Brandon Knight at 4.
Basically, niether Irving nor Williams will be there at 4, and I think Knight is closer as a prospect to Irving at PG than anything that'll be available at Williams' SF position.
I'd do the same but with Kemba in place of Knight. Scott's offense will make Kemba a star and Williams is a great talent who will probably start at the 3 and also be the stretch 4 behind Hickson. At least after next year when Jamison is gone. Trade Baron Davis for Rip Hamilton and sign a backup C. A Knight/Sessions combo wouldn't be the worst thing in the world either if they don't like Kemba