I saw a report somewhere recently that Duke has most number of NBA players currently active compared to other schools, which pleased me, but was surprising. I didn't know Shavlick Randolph was on the 76'ers roster, cool. Anyway, the media would have people believe that NBA GMs will be high on Sheldon Williams based on the recent success of other Duke big man alums in Carlos Boozer and Elton Brand. Personally I think the Landlord (Williams) merits considerable consideration for his accomplishment over his college career including multiple defensive player of the year accolades as well as being only the 3rd collegiate player to amass so many rebounds, points, and blocked shots in a season. I think Williams' accomplishments on the court get overlooked because of all the attention on Reddick.
All that said, Sheldon Williams should be a definite lottery pick. I really wouldn't be too surpised if Portland (the worse team in the NBA) had the #1 pick and took Williams. But then again I could understand Portland taking local, collegiate All-American Adam Morrison for both the player and the fan support.
So I'll go with the Hawks at #4 (based on present overall standings) overall taking the Landlord. The Hawks have their backcourt set fairly well, but they need a strong prescence inside and Williams should make an instant contribution, potentially starting from the 1st day.
J.J. Reddick is a bit more difficult to project in terms of figuring out what NBA GMs might think about him. On one hand if you believe the media then Reddick is going to fall to around the 20th slot. I wonder when the last time the College Player of the Year fell out of the lottery. I've heard critics say Reddick can't create his shot, he's too slow, he can't play defense, he's one dimensional, all to which I say is bogus. Reddick is extremely talented with near unlimited range, a player in the mold of Reggie Miller or Ray Allen. In the present NBA where jump shooters are in the minority, whomever drafts Reddick will be getting a steal.
That all said, looking over the draft board, it would make the most sense for the Charolette Bobcats to take Reddick at #3 overall. The Bobcats are presently lacking outside scoring, as well as someone that can run with ex-Tarheel Raymond Felton. How scary fun would the Bobcats be at least from a publicity draw to feature a roster of some of the best Duke and UNC alums...? Very.
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