Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Welcome to June. It looks like you have some work to do. No need to apologize, it happens to the best of us. But if you’re looking to improve, like you surely are, the month of June is typically the best time to do it. This month you can turn it all around in just one night. Like when the Bulls drafted Mike, or the Spurs drafted Tim Duncan.
I know your drafting history isn’t all that spectacular. I can’t say that I blame you, though. Drafting the best players is a difficult task. There are so many factors to consider, and you never know how much any given player can improve. I probably would have gone with Emeka Okafor, too. Nobody expected that to be a bust. It’s really too bad that didn’t work out for you.
However, I want to make sure that never happens again. You’ve all got a real chance to turn it around here, and as a proficient watcher of college basketball, I think I can help you out. Below I’ve listed the best choices for you to bring in for workouts over the next month. I’ve included a little bit of every position, so there should be plenty of options for you.
Bradley Beal, SG
Beal is the next Ray Allen. I’m calling it. He has a super smooth jumpshot and can adjust his height between 6’2″ and 6’5″, depending on who’s asking. If you want a guy to provide instant offense, Bradley is your man. Not to mention he’s a phenomenal rebounding guard, ala one Rajon Rando. Just take a look at the stats: Beal averaged 14.8 points, 2.2 assists, and 6.7 rebounds in a tough-as-nails SEC. It doesn’t get much more well-rounded than that.
He was also named the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year, which puts him in the same category as LeBron James and
Greg Oden Brandon Knight. Do you want to call Gatorade a bunch of liars? I wouldn’t.
Andre Drummond, PF/C
So I hear you need a big man? Well, to be honest, I haven’t heard that, but by the looks of it you need everything. But allow me to introduce you to the big man of the future: former Huskie Andre Drummond.
In May 2011, ESPN wrote that he has “a chance to be the No. 1 overall player in any draft he’s involved with.” If that’s the case, imagine the steal that he would be at number two. Think about it: you’re getting a number-one player with a number-two pick. It doesn’t get much better than that.
There’s no way this guy will be another Okafor. Count on it.
Austin Rivers, PG/SG
You want to make Doc Rivers cry? Now’s your chance.
Harrison Barnes, SF
People get on Barnes for not improving after his first year, but I think they’re looking at it all wrong. He’s so good, there was literally not enough room to improve after his stellar freshman campaign. He’s already familiar with North Carolina, and both of his college fans will still be close enough to stop by your games every now and again. They’ll be wearing light blue jerseys instead of Bobcats colors, but hey, $26 is $26.
Jared Sullinger, PF
I heard he lost weight.
Thomas Robinson, PF
So you’re disappointed that you didn’t get the top overall pick, even though you had the worst record. That’s perfectly understandable. But ask this former Jayhawk: there’s nothing wrong with second-place. T-Rob was runner-up not only in the Player of the Year race, but he was also a member of the nation’s second best team, the University of Kansas. Basically, Robinson is the perfect silver medal. He should be able to skyrocket your team to 2nd place in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference by the end of his his second contract.
These are only a few options that you have available to you. Excepting Anthony Davis, the world is your oyster come draft night. I hope that you take the time to make the best decision possible.
Good luck, and go Cats.
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