2008 NBA Draft-Capsules Print
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Thursday, 19 June 2008 09:00
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 A thumbnail look at potential first-round selections for the NBA draft to be held on June 26:
Alexis Ajinca, f, Hyeres-Toulon (France)
7-0, 220. ... 5.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Early entry. ... Very agile for his size. ... Runs the floor very well. ... Solid passer. ... A good shot blocker. ... Needs to improve his shooting touch. ... A raw talent that needs seasoning. ... Not ready for this level at this time, a project.
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Joe Alexander, f, West Virginia
6-8, 220. ... 16.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Early entry. ... Talented wing player. ... Can play above the rim and mix it up underneath. ... Finishes strong going to the basket. ... Has a good midrange shot. ... Has good work ethic, very coachable. ... Needs to improve his shooting range for next level. ... Needs to improve creating off the dribble. ... Average lateral speed on the defensive end.
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Ryan Anderson, c, California
6-10, 235. ... 21.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg
Early entry. ... A scorer. ... A threat inside and out. ... Has effective post moves. ... Range 15-18 feet from the basket. ... Solid rebounder and defender. ... Plays under control. ... Lacks open floor speed. ... May struggle against more athletic opponents.
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Darrell Arthur, f, Kansas
6-9, 216. ... 12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Early entry. ... Great size and athleticism. ... Possesses many skills for power forward. ... Has a good handle and a midrange shot. ... Has an explosive vertical leap. ... Led the Jayhawks in blocked shots as a freshman with 56. ... Foul prone. ... Ball handling needs to improve. ... Needs to improve foul shooting.
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D.J. Augustin, g, Texas
5-11, 172. ... 19.2 ppg, 5.8 apg
Early entry. ... A true point guard. ... A leader who is quick with the ball. ... Had an assist to turnover ratio of 2.03. ... Has a good outside shot to keep defenses from slacking off. ... Needs to improve his midrange shot. ... Needs to improve his lateral speed on defense.
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Nicolas Batum, g, Le Mans (France)
6-8, 210. ... 12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Early entry. ... Versatile wing player. ... Quick off the floor, explosive leaper. ... Plays under control. ... Has very good passing skills. ... Has the tools to become a great defender. ... Needs to play more consistently. ... Doesn't like contact. ... Needs to add strength.
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Jerryd Bayless, g, Arizona State
6-3, 204. ... 19.7 ppg, 4.0 apg
Early entry. ... Has a great feel for the game. ... Tremendous first step and has great floor speed. ... Has great leaping ability and range. ... Needs to play under control. ... Has been plagued by injuries. ... Needs to improve his play making skills at the point.
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Michael Beasley, f, Kansas State
6-8, 239. ... 26.2 ppg, 12.4 rpg
Early entry. ... Tremendous athlete with an NBA body. ... Has length, quickness, jumping ability and strength. ... Undersized for the power forward spot. ... Needs to improve his perimeter skills for the small forward position. ... Has a sweet left-handed jump shot. ... Has to improve going to his right.
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Mario Chalmers, g, Kansas
6-2, 181. ... 12.8 ppg, 4.3 apg
Early entry. ... An excellent shooter. ... Rarely takes a bad shot. ... Has good size for a point guard, but lacks some of the instincts for that position. ... Average ball handler. ... Needs to improve his mid-range game.
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Chris Douglas-Roberts, g, Memphis
6-7, 200. ... 18.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg
Early entry. ... Versatile guard. ... Rises to the occasion in big games. ... Wants the ball in crunch time. ... Has a very good midrange game. ... Can create off the dribble. ... Solid defender. ... Needs to bulk up for the next level. ... Has to improve his outside shot.
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Semith Erden, c, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey)
7-0, 249. ... 6.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Early entry. ... Could be the best prospect in Turkey. ... Runs the floor well. ... Good ball-handling skills for his size. ... A solid shot blocker. ... Needs to develop his post moves. ... Needs to play with more intensity.
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Gary Forbes, g, Massachusetts
6-6, 220. ... 19.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Early entry. ... A hard worker always looking to improve. ... Has a good midrange game. ... Versatile with a good feel for the game. ... Has defensively ability, but needs to work to make it at the next level. ... Needs to improve his shooting range and consistency.
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Danilo Gallinari, f, Armani Milano (Italy)
6-9, 220. ... 17.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Early entry. ... A versatile athlete. ... Has point guard skills. ... Can play all backcourt positions. ... Fundamentally sound for his age. ... Has great shooting range. ... Has trouble defending quicker players. ... Needs to improve his shot selection.
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Eric Gordon, g, Indiana
6-3, 222. ... 20.9 ppg, 2.4 apg
Early entry. ... An aggressive combo guard. ... Quick first step. ... Has good length, lateral foot-speed and strength. ... A streaky shooter. ... Has limited passing skills. ... Possesses a smooth jump shot, but sometimes plays out of control.
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Donte Greene, f, Syracuse
6-9, 221. ... 17.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg
Early entry. ... An athlete with enormous potential. ... Long and versatile. ... Has tremendous perimeter skills. ... Has good feel for the ball. ... Needs to go to the basket more for his size. ... Needs to add strength, as he shies away from contact.
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DeVon Hardin, f, California
6-11, 250. ... 9.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg
Has the physical tools for the next level: athletic, big frame and length. ... Runs the floor well. ... Has good lateral quickness. ... Needs to work on his post game. ... Average hands. ... Needs to play with more intensity.
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Roy Hibbert, c, Georgetown
7-2, 278. ... 13.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Great size and strength. ... Possesses an excellent touch on his shot. ... Strong rebounder ... Good free throw shooter. ... Hard worker. ... Needs to continue developing his post game. ... Lacks speed and quickness in the open court. ... Big athletic centers will give him trouble.
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J.J. Hickson, f, N.C. State
6-9, 235. ... 14.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg
Early entry. ... Can mix it up inside or play the high post. ... Very strong upper and lower body. ... Has to develop a jump shot. ... Needs to improve ball handling. ... Undisciplined in the low blocks on defense. Gets out of position too often by biting in first move.
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Serge Ibaka, f, LHospitalet (Spain)
6-10, 228. ... 16.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg
Early entry. ... A native of Congo. ... Has a tremendous vertical leap. ... Hard working. ... Solid footwork in the post. ... A raw talent, needs to refine his skills. ... Needs to add weight and build up his stamina.
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Nathan Jawai, f-c, Cairns Taipans (Australia)
6-10, 270. ... 17.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg
Early entry. ... A raw talent with great potential. ... Has a nice touch and good size. ... Aggressive physical player. ... Has natural feel for the game, despite his lack of experience. ... Needs to develop post skills. ... Doesn't dribble the ball very well. ... Needs to get in better shape.
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6-11, 250. ... 7.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg
Early entry. ... Athletic for his size. ... Has explosive leaping ability. ... Great potential and could turn into a dominant interior force on both ends of the floor. ... Extremely raw fundamentally. ... Needs to develop a midrange shot and improve free throw shooting.
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Kosta Koufos, c, Ohio State
7-0, 252. ... 14.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg
Early entry. ... Developed as a baseline player at Ohio State. ... Has a nice touch around the basket. ... Solid midrange shooter. ... A solid defender. ... Needs to get stronger to battle on the boards at the next level. ... Needs to improve his shooting range.
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Courtney Lee, g, Western Kentucky
6-5, 200. ... 20.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Early entry. ... A polished scorer. ... Has a quick release and 3-point range. ... A good foul shooter. ... Can shoot off the dribble or spot up. ... Rarely takes a bad shot. ... Adequate passer. ... A little small for a 2-guard. ... Could struggle defensively at the next level.
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Brook Lopez, c, Stanford
7-0, 258. ... 19.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg
Early entry. ... Possesses good strength and athletic ability. ... Has an excellent touch within 15 feet. ... Nice hands and has a smooth inside game. ... Slow in transition. ... Must improve shot selection. ... Registered a triple-double against Southern Cal with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks.
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Robin Lopez, c, Stanford
7-0, 255. ... 10.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg
Early entry. ... More athletic than his twin Brook. ... Hard-nosed player. ... Hits the boards with a vengeance. ... A shot blocker. ... Struggles on the offensive end. ... Lacks a shooting touch. ... Limited moves in the post. ... Poor foul shooter.
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Kevin Love, f, UCLA
6-9, 255. ... 17.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg
Early entry. ... His game is a mix of strength and finesse. ... Has an excellent basketball IQ. ... Has a terrific low-post game. ... Needs to get in better shape for the next level. ... Lacks great floor and lateral speed. ... Struggles against bigger defenders.
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O.J. Mayo, g, Southern California
6-4, 200. ... 20.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.3 apg
Early entry. ... An explosive scorer. ... Has excellent range. ... Has a 41-inch vertical leap. ... Has a good handle. ... Tough to defend. ... Doesn't have the quickest first step, forcing him to take tough shots. ... Over dribbles. ... Averaged more turnovers (3.5) than assists (3.3).
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JaVale McGee, c, Texas Southern
7-0, 241. ... 14.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg
Early entry. ... Has great potential. ... Runs the floor exceptionally well. ... His 7-6 wingspan makes him a great rebounder and shot blocker. ... Still growing into his body. ... Needs to mature on the court. ... His foul shooting is dismal.
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Anthony Randolph, f, LSU
6-10, 197. ... 15.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg
Early entry. ... Highly versatile. ... Has a tremendous handle. ... Runs the floor with ease. ... Has a lot of defensive potential due to his length, timing and explosiveness ... Needs to add size. ... Needs to develop his shooting range. ... Needs to get tougher both physically and mentally for next level.
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Derrick Rose, g, Memphis
6-3, 196. ... 14.9 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg
Early entry. ... Terrific size for a point guard. ... Raises the level of play of his teammates. ... A pass-first point guard with excellent court vision. ... A dazzling dunker with blinding speed. ... A streaky shooter. ... Needs to improve his half-court game, particularly his moves off the dribble.
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Brandon Rush, g, Kansas
6-6, 210. ... 13.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg
Early entry. ... Has a 6-11 wingspan. ... An exceptional athlete. ... Runs the floor well. ... Plays under control. ... Has very good range. ... A very good defender. ... Needs to improve ball handling. ... Needs to go to the basket more. ... Some question his assertiveness, as he appears to coast in games.
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Marreese Speights, f, Florida Southern
6-10, 250. ... 14.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg
Early entry. ... Shows a lot of offensive promise. ... Has excellent length and shooting touch within 8 feet of the basket. ... Has a huge wingspan. ... Can become a shot blocker and rebounder with work. ... Makes careless passes. ... Seems to shy away from contact. ... Must develop court awareness.
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Jason Thompson, f, Rider
6-10, 245. ... 20.4 ppg, 12.1 rpg
A versatile big man. ... Has inside/outside skills. ... Has solid court vision and passing skills. ... Has terrific foot speed on both ends of the court. ... A quality defender. ... Needs to get stronger and tougher inside. ... Needs to improve free-throw shooting.
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Bill Walker, g-f, Kansas State
6-6, 220. ... 16.1 ppg, 6.3 apg
Early entry. ... Explosive leaper. ... Hard competitor. ... Has great upside as his basketball skills continue to develop. ... Stuck in the middle of the shooting guard and power forward positions. ... Can't rely on his athleticism at next level.
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Russell Westbrook, g, UCLA
6-3, 192. ... 12.7 ppg, 4.3 apg Early entry. ... A gym rat. ... Can attack the basket with a deadly first step and crossover ability. ... His wingspan allows him to play much bigger than his height. ... Tremendous defender. ... Hard working, very coachable. ... Needs to polish his offensive game. ... Doesn't have point-guard instincts yet.
 

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