The last draft was fun, but now clipper-geddon is upon us. As much as the Wolves improved talent and coach wise (presumably), the team is still more likely to collect ping-pong balls than wins next year while the new talent, coach and system gel. Of course, all of those ping-pong balls will be handed over to the Clippers to complete the transaction for Marko Jaric.
One of the items being pushed for in the new CBA is to increase the number of years a player must spend in college (or europe or D-league) before being draft eligible. If this goes into effect for the next season, the Clipper-geddon draft would look very different.
Just using the Draft Express Mock, 6 of the top 10 players would not be eligible if the CBA goes to 2 years. Without these players, the current top 5 would be - SF Harrison Barnes, PF Jared Sullinger, PF/C Perry Jones, C Patric Young, PF John Henson.
I am personally intrigued by Barnes, but he doesn't strike me as a #1 overall pick talent. I like Sullinger, but the Wolves have plenty of PF talent. Perry Jones intrigues me since he's an athletic freak, but there are indications that the freak didn't stop with his body and infested his mind. Young looks the part of a dominant center, but could only get 18 minutes, 3.4 points and 3.8 reb per game at Florida. Hensen strikes me as a rotation/bench filler type talent.
It might be too much to ask the basketball karma gods to implement a 2-year requirement in time to soften the clipper-geddon blow, but there is hope...
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