Player Rankings For The NBA Draft

NBA Draft Player Rankings

6/28/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

4. PF Terrence Jones (Kentucky): This is probably the first time you've thought "what the hell is this guy thinking?" I know I'm higher on Jones than most, but I'm sticking with him at No. 4. He's an incredible all-around defender who can guard all three front court positions. He's ridiculously strong and is a fiery competitor. As with all these Kentucky players, I think he's very smart and mature. He was putting up 15.7 and 8.8 his freshman year, then calmed down to the tune of 12.3 and 7.2 his sophomore year. The decrease in numbers wasn't because he got worse, but because he understood that he was now playing with two of the best players in the country (Davis and MKG) and did whatever the team needed to win. He reminds me a lot of a saner Ron Artest and I think he'll be a very good NBA player.
Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) and forward Terrence Jones (3) defend a shot by Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson (0) during the first half in the finals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
5. PF Thomas Robinson (Kansas): The most ripped player in the draft, Robinson showed absurd improvement in his junior year, averaging 10.1 more points and 5.5 more rebounds than in his sophomore year. He also shot 50.5% from the field. One thing that concerns me is that he tends to recklessly heave himself into the lane and rely on his athleticism to finish or draw a foul (sort of in a Russell Westbrook sort of way). I'm not sure if he'll be able to get away with that in the NBA. However, if it doesn't translate, he's still got the tools to adjust become a stud and that earns him No. 5. (PS - there's your No. 5 player getting STUFFED by No. 4)

6. PF Jared Sullinger (Ohio State): Keep in mind, this is assuming he is healthy. One thing that concerns me about Sullinger is that he seemed to be bothered by bigger, more physical defenders (such as Thomas Robinson), and there's a lot of those in the NBA. I thought he played a little too finesse when going up against those guys and got away from his style of ball. However, he's still got a great arsenal of moves on offense and the skill to face up and shoot/drive or back down defenders. He's compared himself to Zach Randolph, a guy who's not athletic but gets the job done. I think he can do that if he stays healthy and if he mans up against physical defenders.

7. PF John Henson (North Carolina): Henson actually reminds me a lot of a poor man's Anthony Davis. Well, I guess more like a middle class man's Anthony Davis. He's long and athletic and plays fantastic defense. Like Davis, he needs to put on some muscle to handle guys like Blake Griffin at the next level. He may not develop into an offensive threat, but I think he could be an important defensive piece on a contending team.
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