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Wall, Towns, Davis make CBS’ Top 10 Recent Draft Picks


Kentucky’s churned out some pretty impressive players over the past ten years, which is why it wasn’t surprising to see three NBA Cats make CBS Sports’ list of the Top 20 Recent NBA Draft Picks. Sam Vecenie ranked the most impressive players in the draft (at the time of the draft) since the early-entry rules were adjusted in 2006, and John Wall, Karl Towns, and Anthony Davis all made the top ten at #7, #4, and #3, respectively.

“Like Rose above him, Wall was highly regarded due to his explosive athletic ability and length,” Vecenie writes. “There was no player in amateur basketball who could keep Wall out of the paint, and that quickness translated to the defensive end, where Wall was a ball-hawk and one-man transition opportunity waiting to happen.”

Meanwhile, Vecenie writes that Towns is “everything that the NBA was looking for in terms of a modern big man,” and that “the sky is the limit” for him heading forward. What about Davis?

“Simply put, his presence changed the game on both ends of the floor unlike any other recent player in college hoops,” Vecenie writes of Davis. “There was very little about Davis that wasn’t perfect at the time, and he’s largely lived up to that billing in the NBA despite a spate of injuries that has occasionally affected his play.”

Here’s the top ten:

1. C Greg Oden (2007, Ohio State)
2. SF/PF Kevin Durant (2007, Texas)
3. PF/C Anthony Davis (2012, Kentucky)
4. C Karl-Anthony Towns (2015, Kentucky)
5. PG Derrick Rose (2008, Memphis)
6. SG/SF Andrew Wiggins (2014, Kansas)
7. PG John Wall (2010, Kentucky)
8. PF Blake Griffin (2009, Oklahoma)
9. SF/PF Michael Beasley (2008, Kansas State)
10. SF/PF Jabari Parker (2014, Duke)

Vecenie includes Ben Simmons at #11. To read his reasoning, head on over to CBS Sports.

[CBS Sports]

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7 Comments for Wall, Towns, Davis make CBS’ Top 10 Recent Draft Picks

  1. Mathlete
    4:14 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Just goes to show you that you don’t necessarily have a great pro career just because you had a great college career (looking at you, Greg Oden).

  2. rickwhitetx
    4:25 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Greg Oden? Greg Oden!! He played in a total of 105 games from the 2008 season to the end of the 2014 season. 105 games in 6 seasons. That doesn’t count the 2007 season. Using this guy’s logic Sam Bowie (I still love ya Sam) should be the number 1 best pick of all time.

    • Sarahvah
      5:16 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

      Hey at least Bowie had a career

  3. @GoCayts
    4:39 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    I remember the debate about who to take #1 – Oden vs Durant … also to a slightly lesser extent Rose vs Beasley … I think I would have picked wrong on both of them … I don’t really remember Blake Griffin being that hyped out of college … I’d probably put Okafor ahead of Parker, I mean some were still thinking he’d go first

  4. bpisforuk
    5:47 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    I never understood the Durant /Oden debate. Oden was injured at Ohio State while Durant was killing it at Texas. There was a chance Oden could have turned into a Shaq type player but Durant was definitely going to be an All-Star. IMHO

    • FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
      7:52 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

      Oden had a broken hand in his lone year at college, something that isn’t looked at as a career threatening injury. Upon his return he and the rest of the team played great. He averaged close to a double-double and blocked/altered tons of shots on their way to dominating the BIG 10 to a 15-1 record and BIG 10 tournament championship all the way to the NCAA championship game. Oden looked every bit of the next great center while there were worries that Durant would just be pushed around because he couldn’t bench his weight.

  5. Kevin C
    1:51 pm May 24, 2016 Permalink

    Why the **** are Oden and Beasley on this list, but not Boogie??? He was the most talented and dominant big in all of college BB his freshman year ; his drop-step and duck-under moves were deadly. Boogie should definitely be there in place of Beasley.