This isn't going to be much of a post, but I wanted to review three of the players I've seen in the tourney this year. Before I do, let me just say that I'm really sad Jared Sullinger is going back to tOSU. I really thought he might be considered by one of the teams that moves ahead of the Wolves in the draft, and therefore it wouldn't matter that they'd moved ahead. I watched Irving, D. Williams, and Barnes the last couple of weeks.
Kyrie Irving. Let me just say that there is zero, zilch, nil, absolutely no doubt about this guy being a stud PG in the NBA. He's more ready than Wall, more polished, anyway. There is no way Ricky Rubio is or will be as good as Irving. If the Wolves get the first pick or they get the second pick with Washington in front of them, this is the only pick. He's a game changer, and trust me Rambis Haters, Kurt becomes a LOT better coach with Irving on board. Complete package.
Derrick Williams. I read about him, and then I saw him. He is, again, the complete package. At 6'8" and strong, he's a legit college power forward, but his shooting and handles I believe will allow him to also play SF in the NBA. His efficiency is through the roof, and his defense does not have to be projected. It's there already. Plus, he's fundamentally sound, to the point of not relying on his amazing athletic ability but instead putting a body on his man or another man for every rebound. Watch Michael Beasley rebound on the defensive end. If B-Ease had Williams' work ethic and attention to detail, he'd average twelve boards per game. Williams will be a monster in the NBA, and even if he's more of a four in the NBA, the Wolves cannot pass on him if Irving is gone. He's that good.
These two are a legitimate duo at the top of the draft for any year's draft. Much better than last year with Wall and Turner.
Harrison Barnes. I was pretty down on Barnes early in the year, but he's convinced me that he's going to be a really good pro. If I were he, though, I'd go pro and get my second contract as soon as possible. I think he's an athletic freak, and that won't always be the case. Take advantage of your youth, son. How much would he love being in Minnesota and having his mother able to make the trip to watch? I'm not sure what it exactly was about Barnes that changed my mind, but I knew that if he had shots fall at a better rate, he'd be very remindful of Michael Jordan. And here's the thing: his shot and touch and finishing aptitude all appear to be there. Missing? Absolute confidence. He won't set the NBA on fire right away, but when he learns he belongs, he will be a stud. He will shoot, and he will get to the hoop. He is probably the game-changing two and may be the best of the bunch. I'd definitely take Irving over him, but I could see someone taking him ahead of Williams. Barnes is the guy who could potentially slip if a Sullinger were in the draft.
This review may be full of hyperbole, but I know basketball talent, and the top of this draft will go down with the best of them...think 2003. Well, don't. But think 2003-lite.