My Strange Sports Facts Saturday post is going to take a little break and in the meantime I have to decide just do whatever feels right for when I am writing. This week I wanted to mention 3 players who either have declared for the NBA draft or haven’t made mention of what they are doing yet and decide whether it is a good choice.
#3 Cody Zeller/Victor Oladipo
Being that I am in Bloomington right now this is the talk of the town and I couldn’t just mention one without the other. I think that the decision was made by both of them together to forgo college and enter the draft. I think it would have been beneficial for both of them to stay one more year. Zeller didn’t do much to improve this past season and while he is still a solid Lottery pick, he could have made himself the #1 pick next season. It will be good for him to get drafted in the late lottery by a team who doesn’t need him to be dominant from day 1. Oladipo made huge strides this season. He became a better shooter which was the one place he was surely struggling. I still think another season would have benefitted him. Oladipo still is immensely raw and not quite ready to play in the NBA.
#2 Jamaal Franklin
The San Diego State prospect has the size and athleticism to play at the NBA level. He has been on the radar of NBA teams for 2 years now and I know that his numbers this season may not have been quite as good as last years, but he still produced. The kid has talent and while he is most likely a late first round pick I think he can become a future All-Star in the NBA. He, like former SDSU player Kawhi Leonard, needs to find the right team and he will be just fine. Look for great things from him.
#1 Shabazz Muhammad
I love UCLA and I wouldn’t mind seeing him come back, but just make the jump Shabazz. Mid-season he was considered the potential #1 overall pick. He is still wildly talented and will go very early in the draft, but a few things hurt him (his age, behavior, too one-dimensional). If I were an NBA general manager though, I wouldn’t mind taking him with my pick. He is all but guaranteed to be as good as James Harden with solid coaching and being in the right system. He is a strong, lefty, slasher, with surprisingly good range. Isn’t that exactly what Harden was coming into the draft? Good luck Shabazz.