Bringing Back The Draft: 2006

Justin June 24, 2008 0

The Playoffs are over, but that just means the NBA off-season has begun. The Draft is only 2 days away. In preparation for that magical evening, and the mistakes that are bound to be made, it’s time to review drafts of the past. We’ll do one a day until Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose put on a Bulls hat, and share an awkward handshake with David Stern.

Today: 2006

Top 5:

  1. Andrea Bargnani (TOR)
  2. LaMarcus Aldridge (CHI)
  3. Adam Morrison (CHA)
  4. Tyrus Thomas (POR)
  5. Shelden Williams (ATL)

The Hindsight is 20/20 top 5: Well, it’s only been a couple of years, but a few of these guys took huge steps backwards in their sophomore seasons

  1. Brandon Roy
  2. Rudy Gay
  3. Rajon Rondo
  4. Rodney Carney
  5. LaMarcus Aldridge

Like I said, It’s really early and it’s possible I’m being overly hard on a guy like Morrison, but he looked slow as a rookie and THEN blew out his knee. He might be done before he ever gets started. Roy was an All Star this year, and that team is only going to get better. Gay showed flashes of brilliance (and I hope one day his jersey becomes the biggest seller in the league so the country is full of people with GAY on their backs). You can’t argue with Rondo, now that he’s led a team to a championship. Carney is a key contributor to an up and coming team. Aldridge will only get better as a running mate for Roy and Oden.

1st rounder who should have gone in the 2nd round: I am forced to single out Joel Freeland, a center from Britain selected by Portland with the last pick in the first round. As of now, he has never played in the NBA, nor does it seem like he ever will.

2nd rounder who should have been taken in the 1st round: Paul Milsap has been a major bench contributor to the Jazz. Apparently, that franchise will never go wrong taking a power forward from Louisiana Tech.

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